Why Raw Unroasted Chocolate: Living Foods!

For those new to the concept of Raw/Living Food nutrition, here are a few introductory points:


  • Raw/living foods (such as an apple or a sunflower sprout) naturally contain enzymes. Heating above 110-120 degrees F destroys most enzymes in food, so in general, cooked food is devoid of most beneficial enzymes. Also, in the special case of Chocolate, which is so extremely high in heat sensitive antioxidants, roasting the chocolate or processing it at high temperatures destroys most of the beneficial antioxidants similar to when you cook an orange you lose most of the vitamin C.  For a scientific analysis of this fact, please click this link.
  • Enzymes are important because they are necessary for the digestion and absorption of food. Your body must produce enzymes if none are available in your food. Since this requires energy, the net energy gain from consuming enzyme deficient food is less than that of consuming enzyme rich foods.
  • Many chronic health problems can be permanently solved through dietary changes. Hippocrates (western M.D.'s take an oath to him) is quoted as saying, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Chocolate is extremely high in antioxidants and magnesium and is one of the most chemically complex foods found in nature.
  • Most foods have higher nutritional value when eaten raw. High heat (e.g. frying, baking, broiling, barbeque-ing, etc.) destroys or detrimentally alters vitamins, protein and fats, and can create toxins in foods. The water content of foods is also diminished when they are cooked (which is why food shrinks or looks wilted after cooking...eating raw helps one stay better hydrated, which is important since we are at least 70% water!  Most fatty acids are very heat sensitive and are adversely affected by heat. Heating many fatty acids turns them into trans-fatty acids which have been linked to heart disease. By keeping chocolate in its raw, unheated form, we minimize the presence of trans fats.
  • A diet high in raw, organic plant foods is scientifically proven to benefit almost everyone.
  • Overeating is a major problem in our society. In many cases, it is an addiction that causes a myriad of health problems. A raw/living foods diet allows one to eat much less and yet receive more nutrition. It is a powerful tool against addictive overeating, since raw food is so much more nutrient dense than cooked food. This can result in lower food and healthcare bills.
  • A raw/living diet is not inherently vegan/vegetarian. Certain meats, dairy and eggs may be beneficially consumed raw. However, man-made/industrial toxins accumulate at higher levels in animals (e.g. mercury in fish, dioxin in cows) than in plants, making this a more complex issue in modern times. Furthermore, more pathogenic organisms are typically found in animal products than plant products. Sacred Chocolate™ contains no animal products and is certified VEGAN (except for our Holy CaCow bar which contains grass-fed, low-temperature processed organic whey protein concentrate).
  • Food can generally be heated up to 110-120 degrees F and still be considered raw, maintaining all of its inherent benefits. Blenders, juicers, dehydrators or other mechanical, low-heat equipment can be used without diminishing nutritional value substantially.
  • Chocolate in its raw form is an amazing Superfood and can be a healthy dietary staple eaten in moderation!
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Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2010 07:35:00 PM
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In the special case of chocolate, which is so extremely high in heat sensitive antioxidants and other nutrients such as PEA, roasting the chocolate or processing it at high temperatures destroys or modifies much of the natural nutrient value.