Vegan Dark Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate
Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids with antioxidant properties which can increase cardiovascular function. Raw cacao used in Lulu’s Vegan Dark Chocolate provides a natural high, boosting your PEA (thought to produce positive effects on mood), dopamine and Anandamide (your brain’s natural feel good chemicals), which helps to make it a healthier food.
Adding milk to this wondrous food simply provides no benefit and is counter productive, mostly due to processing and added fillers like, dairy, sugar & soy. If considering milk-free “dark chocolate”, make sure to also check ingredients, because milk-free dark chocolate may still contain ingredients that are derived from milk, such as whey, casein, milk fat, and milk solids.
When on the hunt for healthy chocolate, opt for a vegan dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao, between 55 and 85 percent or higher—the higher the percentage, the purer the bar.
If you’ve never experienced vegan dark chocolate, you may consider it an “acquired taste”, at first. But as it takes time to retrain your tastes when you switch your diet to more natural, plant based foods, so it is with vegan dark chocolate.
If your’e just starting this journey, we recommend that you opt for a vegan dark chocolate truffle, rather than a bar. Truffles contain more flavorful, but still natural & beneficial, ingredients that may help you easily transition in to full vegan dark chocolate bliss!
So, when you indulge in Lulu’s premium vegan dark chocolate, you know you’re enjoying a healthy, high quality artisan chocolate that’s bursting with cacao and all the benefits.
About Organic Vegan Dark Chocolate
Chocolate grows on trees!
Cacao pods come in many colors and grow directly off the trunk of a Cacao Tree, around the equator, kind of making it the belt of the Earth.
When you open a cacao pod, it’s full of cacao beans covered in a delicate white fruit. The cacao beans are then left to dry in the sun which creates a natural fermentation. When dry, the cacao beans are pealed and ready for use. From there the cacao beans can simply be chopped to create cacao nibs or the cacao beans are put through a press to separate the fats, creating cacao butter and then cacao powder. Or you can grind the cacao beans into what’s known as cacao paste or cacao liquor.
At Lulu’s we take fine Ecuadorian cacao paste and grind it with pure vanilla bean— which is chocolates mythological lover— a pinch of sea salt and low glycemic coconut sugar to make our beloved chocolate bars!
VIDEO - Organic Dark Chocolate 101 : Chocolate Grows on Trees
Organic Dark Chocolate Purity & Sustainability
We choose unroasted (raw) cacao in order to maximize cacao’s amazing qualities from tree to table. Our cacao is 100% wild-harvested, heirloom Arriba from Ecuador & we have a direct relationship with our suppliers.
FARMERS ARE PAID A LIVING WAGE TO HAND HARVEST THE WILD CACAO PODS. Each ingredient is sourced mindfully based on quality, sustainability and flavor. All of our DELICIOUS products are certified organic, vegan, gluten free, soy free, fair trade & sweetened with low glycemic coconut sugar.
Our cacao exceeds California requirements for purity and is Prop 65 compliant. We are proud to say that even our darkest chocolate passes the most strict lab tests with flying colors (see our lab reports for our 88% cacao here).
Our packaging is compostable and/or 100% recycled and printed with veggie ink. Our product is HowGood Certified, meaning it meets very strict sustainability standards. We donate product, as well as 1% of annual profits, to charity.
When we say handcrafted with heart, we mean it…that’s why we list love as an ingredient.
Debunking Chocolate Myths
Mistakenly, chocolate itself has been thought to be responsible for undesirable issues such as:
- weight gain
- tooth decay
- skin problems
- digestive issues
The truth about organic dark chocolate.
What usually causes these issues are fillers like, Dairy, Sugar, Soy and other junk that people put in chocolate.
At Lulu’s we avoid unneeded and unwanted additives. Along with all the other health benefits of cacao, our organic dark chocolate is actually helpful in weight loss.
VIDEO - Organic Dark Chocolate 101 : Chocolate Myths
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Health Benefits of Organic Dark Chocolate
Not only does cacao provide a natural high, boosting your PEA, dopamine and Anandamide (your brain’s natural feel good chemicals), it is also a health food!
Cacao is one of nature’s richest sources of Antioxidants & Minerals. It is also nature’s primary source of Magnesium, making it true Heart Medicine. Magnesium is much needed by the heart as it decreases blood coagulation, which lowers blood pressure and helps the heart pump more effectively. So it is actually true that “DARK CHOCOLATE OPENS THE HEART!” Magnesium also helps build bones and increases brain power, helping to Activate Your Superpowers!
Ladies, your intuition is right on (of course) when you want chocolate for moon time. We love its’ hormone balancing effects and natural endorphins. Our wise bodies crave the magnesium boost. Chocolate Yoga? Oh ya! Magnesium increases flexibility and strength. We love it before our morning yoga or any exercise. Lulu’s daily breakfast is a Midnight Velvet bar!
Cacao hydrates your body from the inside out, providing natural moisture to your skin. It can also help you lose weight. What?!? True. Ever notice that cocoa powder is in most weight loss products on the market? This is due to its MAO inhibitors, which curb the appetite naturally. It is real food and we think it makes a marvelous meal. Most importantly, organic dark chocolate so often makes one smile, which radiates your natural beauty full force.
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