Our Unique Chocolate Making Process & Health Benefits

Posted on July 21, 2015 by Not Your Sugar Mamas | 0 Comments



At Not Your Sugar Mamas, our mission is to deliver the superfood benefits of pure chocolate. In order to truly benefit from all the superior qualities chocolate has to offer, we believe it should be eaten as close to its raw form as possible, just like fruits and veggies! When cacao is excessively heated, melted, processed, chemicalized, and combined with dairy products, it loses key nutrients such as antioxidants, aphrodisiac and mood elevation qualities, and more.

COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED CHOCOLATE

When chocolate is commercially manufactured, cacao beans are heated at very high temperatures (between 250-300 degrees) then cooled and rolled to separate skin from beans. Next the beans are ground. The heat from the grinding process liquefies the cacao into chocolate liquor. Then the cacao butter and oil is pressed out of the liquor and collected separately. What remains are cacao solids that are pressed into cakes and made into cacao powder. Potassium carbonate, which is an alkalizing agent, is added to the powder. From here, the chocolate is made into various forms like bars and truffles. During this processes, the chocolate mixtures are tempered (reheated and cooled) into molds, further removing the nutrients of the raw cacao.

Commercial chocolate usually contains a mixture of alkalized cacao powder, genetically modified soy lecithin, and refined sugar. Milk chocolate often contains powdered milk with antioxidant blocking properties and pesticide residues and artificial hormone residues that have been fed to animals (here).

A NEW MOVEMENT IN FOOD

In the food world, a new movement is taking hold and people want to know exactly what they are putting into their bodies. People believe in the importance of whole and pure foods and they want to know the source of the ingredients before it is cooked, manufactured, and processed.

WHAT MAKES OUR CHOCOLATE DIFFERENT

Our process is simple. Cacao beans go through the same process of separating the cacao oil from powder. The difference is that everything is done at a lower temperature, keeping the integrity of the beans intact. We don’t add any artificial sweeteners, dairy products, or alkalizing agents because they inhibit the absorption of chocolate’s superfood nutrients. We aim to keep the chocolate as close to the natural cacao been as possible so we can deliver the highest quality chocolate you can find!

OUR INGREDIENTS AND THEIR BENEFITS

> Raw cacao is considered one of the highest antioxidant food sources on the planet according to is ORAC value. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity; it measures the food’s ability to absorb free radicals. These free radicals create oxidative stress and damage healthy cells, thus leading to ailments and disease in the body. They exist in the body through normal body processes like breathing but are accelerated by air pollution, cigarette smoke, and other toxins. When we consume high antioxidant foods, free radical toxins are absorbed and dispelled, reducing damage in the body and promoting healthy, youthful cells (here).

> Our raw cacao powder has an ORAC value of 98,000. In comparison, roasted cocoa and blueberries have a value of 26,000 and 2,400 respectively.

> Raw cacao contains beneficial phytonutrients and enzymes that are easily absorbed in the body. When cacao is roasted at high temperatures, these nutrients are diminished or altogether destroyed.

> Cacao is known for it’s high magnesium content. Magnesium helps relieve stress, relax muscles, build bone strength, and keep our hearts beating at a steady rate.

> Cacao is an excellent source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine, three neurotransmitters which help alleviate depression and promote feelings of well being.

> Maple syrup is minimally processed and therefore contains naturally occurring nutrients and minerals like zinc, thiamine and calcium. It contains antioxidants that have anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-diabetic properties (here).

> Coconut nectar is known as the world’s most sustainable sweetener. Coconut nectar is low on the glycemic index which helps keep our blood sugar steady, preventing the highs and lows associated with consuming refined sugars. It’s a good source of phytonutrients, and contains trace amounts of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, and copper (here).

> Maca is a powerful root plant that grows under harsh conditions in Peru. For centuries, it has been used to booze stamina, balance hormones, and can be used to naturally treat erectile dysfunction in men (here).

> Rose Essential oil is used in our Rose Maca bar. This powerful oil is known to help relieve anxiety and even treat dementia. Plus, it has high antibacterial properties and is high in antioxidants (here).

> Besides being a lovely compliment to chocolate, coconut has been used to help treat thyroid dysfunction and is known to help control blood sugar. It’s thought to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It also contains manganese which helps the body process fat and protein and use it for energy (here).

> An excellent source of fiber, protein and good fats, almonds are a heart healthy nut that keep us feeling satisfied for longer periods of time which helps to stabilize our blood sugar and ward off hunger pangs (here).

> Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory spice that helps calm inflammation, the root of many illnesses. Consuming ginger can boost the immune system and increase metabolism which helps aid digestion (here).

> High in antioxidants and vitamin C, pomegranate is a powerful super fruit that is thought to help lower blood pressure, support the immune system and relieve depression (here).

> Lavender is a powerful herb used to help calm nervousness and anxiety and promote restful sleep (here).

> Sea Salt contains nutrients and trace minerals which help support the body’s overall function and are typically removed from table salt. It balances electrolytes and can help prevent dehydration (here).

> Vanilla contains antioxidants and helps alleviate anxiety and boost metabolism (here).


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