Raw chocolate

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Two pieces of raw chocolate

Raw chocolate is chocolate which is produced in a raw or minimally-processed form. It is made from unroasted (sun-dried) cacao beans and cold pressed cacao butter. A variety of crystalline and liquid sweeteners may be used, including: coconut sugar, coconut nectar, xylitol, agave nectar, maple syrup, and stevia. Cane sugar and other highly processed sugars are not used, but this is no evidence of being less harmful.[1] Dairy products are not added to raw chocolate, therefore it is usually vegan. Soy is also usually avoided – soy lecithin is often used in processed chocolate. It is also naturally gluten-free.

It represents a fast-growing segment of the chocolate industry.[citation needed] The low-heat or "cold" production process (which avoids roasting) may help to preserve vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals which are naturally present in raw cocoa.[2] Many, if not most, marketers produce chocolate that is certified organic or fairly-traded.[3]

Raw chocolate has been promoted on major networks such as Fox News,[4] and appeared on series 13 of popular UK show Dragons' Den. Among the recognized brands of raw chocolate are RAW Chocolate[5], Rawflect,[6] Xocai,[7] Gnosis,[8] and Sacred Chocolate.[4]

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  1. ^ Gunnars, Kris. "6 Healthy Sugars That Can Harm You". Authority Nutrition. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Who, what, why: What is 'raw' chocolate? - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Cahalane, Claudia (30 March 2007). "A raw deal". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Can changing your diet prevent heart disease?". Fox News. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Meet The Maker: Casey Pringle, RAW Chocolate". Nathan + Jac. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  6. ^ "rawflect". rawflect. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  7. ^ "A Chocolate, With Amway Undertones, Networks Its Way Into New York". The New York Times. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.brandnewusa.com/m?w=gnosischocolate.com