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  • Chocolate, "the food of the gods", has been used for centuries to boost energy and enhance mood.
  • With over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, chocolate remains one of the most complex and pleasurable foods on the planet...

Our Organic Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (70% Cacao) are truly healthy chocolate and are perfect for creating healthy dark chocolate shavings for smoothies and desserts. Turn your cravings for chocolate into super nutrition by reconnecting with the power of real chocolate. In its form, chocolate contains anandamide (a euphoric substance), arginine (a natural aphrodisiac), and tryptophan (a natural anti-depressant). By raising the neurotransmitters in our brain, chocolate promotes an overall feeling of well-being. In essence, chocolate makes you happy!

Dark chocolate is often distinguished by the percentage of cacao solids it contains. Our Bittersweet Chocolate Chips are 70% cacao and 30% organic cane sugar, giving them the perfect balance between sweetness and the dark chocolate flavor everybody loves. Dark chocolate has a more pronounced chocolate taste than milk because it does not contain milk solids that compete with the chocolate flavor.

Cacao has been shown to have excellent antioxidant levels exceeding red wine, green tea, and other exotic fruits and vegetables. Its ORAC values (13,120 per 100 grams) exceed those of prunes (5,700), blueberries (2,400), strawberries (1,540) and spinach (1,260). It is also a source of magnesium, which has been attributed to helping the heart to pump blood efficiently, building strong bones, and maintaining proper blood pressure. Chocolate also contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants on the planet, exceeding that of red wine, green tea, and many other exotic fruits and vegetables. Recent scientific studies have shown that chocolate may have protective effects against heart disease. It has also been shown to be helpful in lowering blood glucose levels. Research from Germany suggests that flavanols in chocolate may help maintain youthful skin, hair, nails.

Some possible traditional uses of Organic Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (70% Cacao) may include:

  • May contain mood supportive properties
  • May support the dilation of healthy blood vessels
  • May support cellular functioning
  • Possibly a super powerful antioxidant
  • May support a healthy cardiovascular system
  • May support a healthy inflammation response
  • May support active digestion
  • May encourage healthy kidney & bowel function
  • May support the formation of healthy skin
  • May support a vital cardiovascular system
  • Possibly acts as a strong stress reliever
  • May aid in the relaxation of muscles
  • May support the building and maintenance of strong bones & teeth
  • May contain more magnesium than any other food
  • May support healthy blood glucose levels
  • May reduce free radicals in the body
  • May help with breast milk production
  • May support healthy lipid levels
  • Possibly shown to improve endothelial function in overweight adults
  • May support healthy blood pressure
  • May promote an overall feeling of well-being
  • May help to maintain youthful skin, hair & nails
  • May help athletes to recover from the oxidative stress of strenuous activities
  • Natural source of anandamide, phenylethylamine, arginine & 300 other natural compounds

 

Constituents of Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (70% Cacao) include:

  • Minerals: Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Sulfur
  • Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin A (IU), Vitamin E, Vitamin K
  • Amino Acids: Tryptophan
  • Phytochemicals: Flavonoids, PEA (phenylethylamine), Anandamide, Theobromine, Caffeine, Resveratrol
  • Essential Fatty Acids: Oleic Acid

 

This product may melt during shipping if it gets warm. If melting occurs simply place in the refrigerator or freezer for 1 hour. Then break pieces off as needed.

Suggested Use: To melt into recipes, gently warm in a double boiler then add vanilla and agave nectar to sweeten.

Mixing suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic cashews and goji berries into a trail mix.

Botanical Name: Theobroma cacao.

Other Names: Cocoa, plain chocolate, black chocolate, chocolate tree, Koko, Kakaobaum, chocolate, semi-sweet, and sweet dark chocolate.

Ingredients: Organic cocoa liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic natural cocoa powder

Origin: Grown in Peru. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.

Certifications: Certified USDA Organic.

How to Maintain Optimum Freshness

  • Our Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (70% Cacao) are packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness.
  • Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency.
  • Keep your Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (70% Cacao) in a cool, dark, dry place.
  • This product is 100% natural and minimally processed: Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch. Go here to learn why our products may naturally vary.

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These chocolate chips are delicious and great for baking. Just made the best organic almond-flour brownies with these. Love 'em!

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These chocolate chips are delicious and great for baking. Just made the best organic almond-flour brownies with these. Love 'em!