I’m sure you read my horrifying blog entry about lead and cadmium in chocolate. If you didn’t, you probably should. If you don’t want to, I’ll just give you a quick summary: lead has been found in an alarming amount of store-bought chocolate. Fortunately, you can find (practically) lead free chocolate with just a little bit of effort.
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t care. You’ll continue to buy chocolate off of the shelves in stores. Hey, I’m not upset with you. Store-bought chocolate is cheaper than the chocolate I recommend.
But if you have kids, and/or you’re just concerned about what you put in your mouth (as most of us should be), then you really ought to avoid buying chocolate from the store. It turns out even some brands that we think are healthier, like Green & Blacks, or Whole Foods, contains high amounts of lead. Go ahead and read that list at the bottom of that link. I’ll wait for you.
Besides being mortified beyond all belief, I was a little upset when finding this out. I trusted these brands, and I recommended them to people as “healthier” alternatives to chocolate from major brands like Mars and Hershey, whom I hate with a passion. I feel like I was duped. But now that I know better, I’m sticking with raw, vegan, organic chocolate.
Why Raw, Vegan, Organic Chocolate?
I’m not a vegan, so you’re not going to hear me preach about how animal products are bad for you, blah, blah, blah. I love meat, I love animals and I love animal products – with the exception of milk. Milk disgusts me, but I’ll tell you that story in another blog post. Point being, I love bacon, pork, chicken and fish, and I’m not giving that up.
However, I am concerned about what goes into my mouth. I care about where my food comes from. I try my best to make sure I’m not putting anything gross in my body. When I find out I am (with the exception of meat, shut up), I do what I need to do to change it.
This is especially true when it comes to desserts, like pies, cakes and chocolate. I am a firm believer in making things from scratch, because then I can control what I’m eating. I’m not strict on myself by any means, but I am reasonable. I know that the food we eat and the water we drink are laced with things our bodies shouldn’t be absorbing. These toxins make it difficult for us to function, and have an adverse effect on us when we consume them for a long period of time. So the less of these toxins I consume, the better.
To me, there is no question in my mind about whether or not I should give up chocolate. I’m not going to. However, I can switch where I get my chocolate from.
In my search for lead-free chocolate, I’ve found that you can’t actually guarantee that your chocolate is lead-free. But raw, vegan, and organic chocolate comes pretty close to what I’m looking for.
All of the vegan chocolate websites I’ve visited told me exactly where they get their chocolate from and how they process it. For example, Gnosis gets their chocolate from several different countries. They process their chocolate in a very friendly manner – by hand. And their chocolate is certified kosher, organic and vegan. Sounds friendly enough, right? I’ll take it.
Contrast that to any major chocolate manufacturer. You’ll find that they process their chocolate with chemicals, and mass production makes it impossible to tell what your chocolate has been in contact with le viagra 100. You have no idea what you’re eating when you buy a bar of chocolate off the shelf of a store. There are a lot of ingredients that aren’t required to be listed by the federal government. Do you really trust these people with your food? You shouldn’t. I know I don’t.
Don’t Kill Yourself
By that, I mean don’t go all out of your way. I’m not trying to be all up-in-arms about lead in your food. I’m simply trying to inform you of what’s going on. The decision you make after this is totally up to you.
I’m upset but I realize each person is different. I can’t tell you what to eat or how to live your life. That’s your choice and your decision. I respect that. If, however, you feel your stomach churn at the thought of buying another chocolate bar off the shelf at your local grocery store, I recommend you only buy organic, vegan, raw chocolate from now on.
You can trust vegans. They’re actually pretty honest people, especially when it comes to their food. They’ll tell you everything that happened to your food from seed to product. They haven’t steered me wrong yet. I trust them with my veggies, and now I trust them with my chocolate.
If you’re not going to bother buying vegan chocolate online, remember to read the ingredients on your bar first. Also remember that everything in that chocolate bar isn’t on the label. I’m not trying to scare you, but that’s just the way it is. I’m just being honest.
Do you have any brands or websites you recommend for lead free chocolate? Let me know in the comments.