What Does the Term “Organic” Mean?
Organic food is made using organic production methods, and as such, the term “organic” refers to both a system of food production, as well as a specific type of farm management.
The world of organic food production involves the use of all natural substances and high-quality ingredients, of course. And generally speaking, when you look at the label of a product that is organic, you should see a short, simple ingredients list that doesn’t look like it came straight out of chemistry class.
But the organic movement also espouses a philosophy that focuses on the preservation of natural resources, environmental, animal and worker protection, as well as maintaining a high level of biodiversity.
So besides the fact that the ingredients found in organic foods are generally farmed without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), organic food production is also connected to the fair trade movement.
Because chocolate is made from cocoa trees, the production of fair trade cocoa ensures that the farmers, buyers and chocolate producers help create a great product while also contributing to social, economic and environmental sustainability.
What is Organic Chocolate?
Now that we’ve covered the bases regarding organic products overall, let’s dive into organic chocolate. Organic chocolate is simply chocolate that has been certified as organic.
The certification is done by the country that produces or sells the organic chocolate products or ingredients. That means that any company that produces something they want certified as organic must follow a certification process.
In Canada, they must comply with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Canada Organic Regime. Depending on the country in which the work is done, certifications can be given to food or ingredient producers all the way down the production line, from seed suppliers to farmers – even restaurants and retailers.
The requirements needed to have a product labeled as organic chocolate will vary from country to country, but in general, there will be a list of production standards that must be met. These standards apply not only for the growing, storage, and processing, but sometimes even the packaging and shipping of organic chocolate products.
Organic chocolate will not be produced using:
Synthetic chemical inputs like fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, etc.
GMOs (such as seeds)
Farmland that has not been free of certain chemical inputs for a number of years
Organic chocolate is made from cacao beans, so organic chocolate involves the use of cacao beans that have not been treated with:
Preservatives and artificial flavours are also often excluded from the production process. Ideally, organic chocolate is processed separately from conventional chocolate products.
Is Organic Chocolate Good for You?
The positive dietary effects of chocolate will depend on the type of chocolate you eat.
For example, eating a milk chocolate bar from major brands like Hershey may taste delicious, but because it’s packed with sugars, syrups and other chemicals – not to mention grown on an industrial scale with the use of pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides – it’s not exactly great for you or the environment.
However, the main ingredient is chocolate (cacao) and studies show that it does have a number of health benefits. The type of chocolate that has some of the highest percentage of cacao is dark chocolate, so if you can find yourself some organic dark chocolate, you’ll be doing your body a favor!
What are the Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate?
Compared to milk chocolate and other types of confections, dark chocolate has a high amount of flavanols, which are natural antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.
Consequently, dark chocolate has many health benefits. Some of the ingredients and chemicals that are in dark chocolate can help:
Lower blood pressure
Mitigate the risk of blood clotting
Improve cognitive function
Improve blood flow
Reduce cardiovascular disease
Protect cells and tissues from damage
Dark chocolate can also be particularly beneficial for people suffering from diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis, as these conditions often present symptoms of chronic inflammation.
What are the Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate?
At Pure Lovin’ Chocolate, our dark chocolate bars are part of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation. They have a generous, complex and mouthwatering taste, and they make for a sweet reward for both your heart and your taste buds.
Check out our online vegan chocolate shop for a variety of delicious treats! We’ve got more than just organic, fair trade dark chocolate! From hand-crafted artisan chocolate assortments to sponge candy to , we’ve got all the vegan chocolate you need!
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