Okay, let’s just get the obvious out the way (because I know what you may be thinking): chocolate and sugar are technically not Paleo. But in the primal-living-world, most of us like to have somewhat healthier options when we do want to indulge a little (it’s part of that Paleo “gray area”). So whether I’m baking Paleo treats or looking to enjoy a special holiday (like Valentine’s Day!), it’s always of importance to me to find chocolate brands that offer healthier, sustainable, and ethical choices.
We all know that dark chocolate (70% or higher) has potential health benefits (like lowering blood pressure), but commercial chocolate is filled with all sorts of other things that aren’t so good for us (or the planet). Finding a healthy and ethical chocolate brand wasn’t easy at first, but I’ve come to find there are some great options out there.
Here are the most important qualities I look for when choosing a healthy chocolate brand:
• Fair Trade
• Soy-free (and free of other unhealthy emulsifiers)
• Sweetened without refined sugar
And here’s why: