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Chocolate for Valentine's Day? This Year, Choose Real Cacao Superfoods, Not Processed Chocolate Candy

Wednesday, February 06, 2008
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: chocolate, raw cacao, health news

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(NaturalNews) With Valentine's Day fast approaching, many consumers are once again shopping for chocolate. The rush to buy chocolate is even stronger this year, thanks to the continued reporting of chocolate's remarkable health benefits. Yet most consumers have been deceived: Typical processed chocolate products have virtually none of the health benefits that have been attributed to chocolate in the scientific research. Why? The bitter alkaloids have been removed to make the chocolate taste less bitter. On top of that, most chocolate products are blended with refined sugars and unhealthy fats to create the finished product. The result? A diabetes-inducing, fat-expanding chocolate product with no real health benefits whatsoever.

Fortunately, there are companies selling real chocolate products today. We've reviewed several of them here on this website, and these companies produce chocolate products with all the natural health benefits still intact. My top three recommendations for chocolate companies are:

Transition Nutrition (www.TransitionNutrition.com) - This company produces chocolate brittles that are simply outstanding -- among the best tasting in the industry. This year, they've introduced Valentine's Day Gift Baskets available at http://www.royalhimalayan.com/giftbasket.htm

Empowered Chocolate (www.EmpoweredFoods.com) - Makers of "empowered" chocolate products that contain numerous superfood ingredients, including goji berries, mesquite and others. I wrote a full review of this company last Summer. Read it here: https://www.naturalnews.com/021885.html

Sacred Chocolate (https://www.naturaw.com/raw_food/store/comersus_view...) - Created by Steve Adler, a minister, all Sacred Chocolate is blessed with prayer and positive intention. The ingredients are sustainable, nutritious and delicious! It uses the whole cacao bean, including the skin. I've completed an interview with Adler that will run on this website shortly.

For a wild chocolate bar experience, rich in microalgae superfoods, I recommend the WildBar (www.WildBar.info). I've also interviewed the creators of this chocolate bar and plan to post that video soon.

SunFood Nutrition (www.Sunfood.com), of course, also offers various chocolate superfood products based on raw cacao. There, you'll find everything from raw cacao nibs to Steve Adler's Sacred Chocolate (mentioned above).

There are several other healthy chocolate sources that I'm not personally familiar with, but are recommended by leaders in the raw foods community. Check out the following:

Golden Bean Chocolate www.goldenbean.com
Chocolate Super Foods www.chocolatesuperfoods.com
FortinaChocolate www.fortinachocolate.com
Goddess Chocolate www.rawgoddesschocolate.com
Gnosis Chocolate www.gnosischocolate.com

Love to give chocolate? Give HEALTHY chocolate!

The bottom line in all this is that if you care enough to give chocolate this Valentine's Day, be sure to give healthy chocolate superfood products, not "junk" processed chocolate.

Real chocolate offers a multitude of impressive health benefits. It enhances brain function, liver function and heart function. It's loaded with antioxidants and even has anti-cancer properties. There's probably no more delicious way to enjoy such health benefits than eating chocolate!

But remember: Common processed chocolate (and chocolate candy bars) are little more than junk foods. Don't kid yourself into thinking these are "health foods." Only minimally processed chocolate has health benefits, and you can only find that from small chocolate companies like the ones listed here.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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