blog – Raja Ayurveda Says Bean to Bar Chocolate is a Food Group

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One of the questions that we often receive is: What does Ayurveda say about chocolate? Before we begin to answer this question we need to make two statements so that we can all be on the same wavelength:

  1. When the Ayurvedic texts were composed the cacao bean was not known to the Indian culture. Therefore, there is no mention of the cacao bean in the Ayurvedic texts.
  2. Ayurveda says that food first and foremost must be wholesome and nutrient dense.

Based on the above two statements, we can now further look into the world of chocolate and make an educated decision.

The quick video below walks you through the process in a very easy to understand way. No prior ayurvedic knowledge required. 🙂

Video Guide

For your viewing pleasure, look for the CC button on the video, click on it and you will have subtitles.:-)

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Raja Ayurveda Says Bean to Bar Chocolate is a Food Group from Tim And Vie on Vimeo.

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Video Transcript

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It's amazing that chocolate, that
comfort food is actually really really

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really good for us. Our favorite line is I
consider chocolate, good chocolate, a food

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group. We have to keep in mind that not
all chocolate is created equal. When we

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talk about chocolate for this next few
minutes -- this is going to be about a 10

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to 15-minute broadcast -- we are referring
to really clean chocolate, which is

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called these days bean to bar.
Bean-to-bar chocolate. What does that

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mean? It means that it has gone through
as little processing as possible.

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It's from the bean to the chocolate bar.
What we like to actually call it is blossom

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to bar, from the flower to the bar. You
will be surprised to know that this

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amazing superfood good chocolate
actually starts as a tiny tiny flower

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and it's a miracle how it actually
survives. Chocolate starts as a tiny tiny

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flower and those flowers actually even
though they look extremely pretty they

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don't have a smell. Bees do not pollinate. Those flowers are pollinated by

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some really weird looking insects that
live in the jungle, actually under

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leaves and things like that. It's a
miracle how these flowers get pollinated.

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And the statistics are
different but they say only about 3 out of a

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thousand of those flowers are actually
gonna turn into the cacao pod and then

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those pods depending on the conditions
may survive or not survive, if it's like

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too hot or too wet or things like that,
they are not gonna necessarily make it.

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And then the beans come from those pods,
and those pods have to open, have to be

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opened very carefully, have to be hand
opened, actually workers use machetes and

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things like that to open them up. So you
can't use machinery. It's amazing how we

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actually get to enjoy that chocolate
pod. The process is very intriguing on

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how the pods are opened how they are
fermented dried all that stuff how they

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survive from mold, fungi things like
that how the beans make it to the chocolate

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makers and all that. There is the huge chocolate
industry that actually produces

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chocolate that's not necessarily good
for us and they don't care that much on

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the whole process on how clean it is and
how humane the conditions are for the

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workers. But there are also the smaller
chocolate makers who care a lot about

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that process and the conditions of the
workers. We see a lot more of that

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bean-to-bar chocolate showing up. And on
the positive side we also see some of

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the bigger chocolate makers who are
actually starting to pay more attention.

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There's really really great hope for the
world of chocolate. This bean to bar

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chocolate has very very few ingredients
actually if you start google'ing or

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looking at your local markets for bean
to bar chocolate and read the

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ingredients you're gonna see cacao bean
cacao butter some form of good sugar

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maybe whole milk if it's milk chocolate
and that's about it. Now they may add a

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couple of spices like ginger black
pepper Himalayan salt things like that.

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The two main ingredients are the cacao
powder and the cacao butter. And what's that?

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The cacao powder and the cacao butter are
the two main parts of the cacao bean. Mostly

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the powder and the butter are
part of the cacao bean. Actually the

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cacao nib which is the bean without the
hull. 53% of a cacao nib is the cacao

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butter. Guess what the cacao butter is? The
cacao butter is actually what is

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referred to as white chocolate. White
chocolate is not just some weird colored

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chocolate or anything like that. The
white chocolate is cacao butter which is

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the really really good fat and it's the
half of the part of the cacao bean. White

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chocolate is actually really really good
for us as long as it's the real cacao

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butter. There are a lot of white
chocolates in the market that don't have

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any chocolate or any butter in them. Be
careful when you choose white chocolate.

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Why do I like to say that good chocolate
is a food group? Well,

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it is a very complete food. It has
everything our brain needs everything

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our circulatory system needs everything
our gut bacteria our gut brain needs.

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Just like good coffee good chocolate has
the polyphenols that are what our good

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bacteria like to feed on. If we choose
our chocolate wisely and enjoy it

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properly we are actually taking care of
our health. Remember food is medicine but

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food that's good for us doesn't have to
taste bad. Choose the chocolate wisely and

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you will be surprised at how great food
that is great for us can taste. And all

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of that stuff is in our book, it's
explained very very detailed. How do you

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choose good chocolate? Start looking
around.

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Make it your intention to find chocolate
that's really good for you Google look

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at your local markets look for
bean-to-bar

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chocolate or craft chocolate, that's
another term that's used for chocolate,

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craft chocolate, or artisan chocolate.
You will be surprised at what you're

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gonna find. And call up those companies
if they are not close to you if you

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can't go visit them call them up talk
with them you will be amazed at how

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much love those small chocolate places
put into the whole process. When you eat

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good chocolate you are not only helping
yourselves you are helping the

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environment you are helping the farmers
you are helping the workers you're

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helping put kids through schools you are
preserving the rain forest you are

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helping the ecosystem there are amazing
things that you are doing not just for

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yourselves, for the world. Chocolate is a very very
old food. The oldest scientific

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evidence for chocolate is from like 1900
BC from the Olmecs then the Aztecs the

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Mayans they were enjoying chocolate. A
lot of old cultures were enjoying chocolate. When

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you start looking at what old cultures
used to eat and used to appreciate

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you are more likely to find that that
food is really good for you, it is just

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how the whole process has become today
that has lost a lot of that value. Ayurvedically

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speaking and according to Greek
medicine chocolate has so many benefits.

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It has a lot of the tastes that we don't
get to experience in our daily food it

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has the clean bitter taste the clean
astringent taste and the clean sweet

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taste and the clean
oily taste. Those are four fundamental

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tastes that we don't get to eat enough
in our daily intake. The best time to enjoy

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chocolate actually according to both
Ayurveda and the Greek

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medicine is in the afternoon actually
four hours before sunset. Because that is

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when our nervous system does the most
work and those tastes that we just

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mentioned help our nervous system
balance. You're sitting at your desk at

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around 4:00 in the afternoon or 3:00 in
the afternoon and you feel that crash

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like you are tired you just want to take
a nap

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you want to reach for like junk food or
comfort food something like that. Have a

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good, have a piece of good bean to bar
chocolate and you will be amazed at what

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that is gonna do for you. The other great
thing about good chocolate is you are

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not gonna want to devour the whole bar.
A good small sized piece, average sized

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piece, is gonna be enough for you, it's
gonna be very satisfying because it has

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all the good elements that your body
needs. Good chocolate is gonna have

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also is gonna have not just the bitter
taste. Good chocolate reflects where

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the bean grew up in. You're gonna have
even if there is nothing added, no

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black pepper no salt no too much sugar
no fruit nothing depending on where the

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bean came from you're gonna taste
blackberries raspberries you're gonna

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taste pistachios you're gonna taste wood
you're gonna taste licorice you're gonna

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taste vanilla you are gonna taste
bananas, it all depends. And what I like

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to say is, listen
through your taste to what the bean has

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to tell you about the area it grew up in.
When you eat your chocolate don't just

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chew on it and swallow it. Let it melt in
your mouth

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close your eyes don't even talk let it
dissolve in your mouth and pay attention

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to the taste that it reveals. If the
chocolate hasn't been processed properly

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you're gonna feel like it's about to
tell you something but it doesn't really,

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nothing happens. But if the chocolate
has been processed properly you're gonna

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actually listen to a lot of messages
about the earth about the climate about the

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neighboring plants about how it was
dried about how it was roasted. A lot of

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chocolate makers actually don't add
anything to a lot of their chocolate

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because the bean doesn't need it, it's
complete it's full of information. Food

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is information. Listen to them and you will be
surprised. Choose your chocolate with the

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utmost care enjoy it with love and
listen to the messages it has to tell

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you and know that you are doing a lot of
greatness

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not just for your own health but for the
world

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and for the people that worked
really hard to bring that to your

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palette. Spread the word about bean to
bar amazing chocolate made with tons of

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love.


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