At Not Your Sugar Mamas, the integrity of our ingredients is our number one priority. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to make sure we’re offering the very best product with the healthiest ingredients available anywhere. We've had typos here before, but we have never compromised the integrity of our product or the ingredients we use!
When we are developing new chocolate bars and cookies, we consider 3 important factors in our ingredients: 1 - highest nutritional value, 2 - highest quality, and 3 - ethically sourced.
Our cacao is:
Direct Trade, meaning we buy directly from the source, which allows more profits to go directly to the farmers. This allows farmers to receive above “Fair Trade” prices and allows us to have a relationship with the farmers themselves. Our cacao farms are certified Fair Trade. (We are continuously striving to have all of our ingredients come from direct trade partnerships!)
All of our ingredients are:
Fair Trade, meaning farmers are paid fair trade prices and do not use child labor or slavery.
All the ingredients that go into NYSM products are guaranteed:
> USDA Certified Organic
> Certified Gluten Free
> Vegan Verified & Earth Kosher Verfied
> Youth Trade Certified
> Non-GMO Project Verified
To learn more about our certifications, check out this blog post!
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.
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.|
|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.|
|Maca is a powerful root plant that grows under harsh conditions in Peru. For centuries, it has been used to boost stamina, balance hormones, and can be used to naturally treat erectile dysfunction in men.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
|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.|
|Lavender is a powerful herb used to help calm nervousness and anxiety and promote restful sleep.|
|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.|
Vanilla contains antioxidants and helps alleviate anxiety and boost metabolism.