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INGREDIENTS: CACAO BEANS, CANE SUGAR, CACAO BUTTER, AND SOY LECITHIN.
I am stunned that Elana Amsterdam would use these in any recipe tagged as "Paleo"....I love Elana, but she has missed the boat on this one. These contain soy, a legume; legumes (soy in particular) are not part of a Paleo diet, not ever. Not even if it's "non-GMO"...this is because soy has been shown to inhibit proper thyroid function because it is a "goitrogen" (will hurt your metabolism), also is a phyto-estrogen, and perhaps most damning for people with Celiac's disease and/or IBS -- soy has been discovered to be a major cause of Celiac disease and IBS....as far back as 1981 they knew this. A good article on that is here:
Also, soy harms the body in many, many other ways; scientists have known this for many decades....dating as far back as 1950. Here are just 160 studies covering the adverse side effects of soy, and it doesn't matter whether it's GMO or not:
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Soy is horrible, and anyone with Celiac's disease should not be ingesting soy, in any form (even fermented soy). I am both shocked and appalled that Elana Amsterdam would use these drops in her Paleo Cookbook recipes. Very, very sad. And, considering that both she and her son were diagnosed with Celiac's, I can't imagine that her symptoms will subside much longer with the cumulative effects of soy in her system.
Over time, soy paralyzes the villi in the intestinal tract -- they're the little finger-like extensions from the wall of the intestines. They help break down food, absorb its nutrients, and move the bits of food along to be eventually excreted as waste.
The paralysis of these little fingers inside your gut wall is what is happens with Celiac's disease. Soy does this gradually, over time.Read more ›
This is a wonderful product - and very rare. Dark chocolate is regularly recommended, yet very dark chips (these are 74%) are hard to find. Here are the ingredients, since Amazon doesn't list them: organic dark chocolate (cacao beans, cane sugar, cacao butter, non GMO soy lecithin,) milk. Everything is organic except the soy lecithin and the product is gluten free.
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If you are looking for the traditional tasting chocolates of a regular candy bars, be warned that these chocolates are clean, organic and delicious. The sweetener they use is probably Rapunzal organic sugar which has a distinct flavor like no other sugar, it has all the components of raw sugar so it will have that sweet molasses notes to it. Either way, its good chocolate for desserts, baking and for your health benefit.
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