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Your Definitive Guide to Vegan Chocolate

Written by PETA | October 23, 2014

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It’s no surprise that the Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.” Smithsonian Magazine explains that chocolate may be more than 2,000 years old, and throughout history, it has been used in a variety of ways, from brewing it for a bitter tea to fermenting it for an alcoholic beverage.

Studies suggest that dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and can increase cardiovascular function. Adding milk to this wondrous food just seems silly, doesn’t it?

To stay on chocolate’s “good side,” always look for a high percentage of cacao, between 55 and 85 percent—the higher the percentage, the purer the bar. Also, be sure to check the ingredients, as some brands’ dark-chocolate bars still contain dairy products. Avoid chocolate that has a long list of ingredients, because chances are that some of them are fillers. And make sure you avoid ingredients that are derived from milk, such as whey, casein, milk, milk fat, and milk solids.

Our Favorite Vegan Dark Chocolate

And check out the PETA Catalog for our vegan chocolate!

PETA Rescue Chocolate

Accidentally Vegan Chocolate Products

Try our Chocolate Avocado Pudding recipe for a healthy, sweet snack!

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