3 Best Dark Chocolate Bars-Keto Friendly

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Eating a whole foods diet low in sugar can be quite a challenge in Western society. Each year food in the Standard American Diet (SAD) becomes more unhealthy.

Finding healthy food while following a low carb diet like the ketogenic diet can be especially challenging.

In this post, we will go over the three best dark chocolate keto friendly bars. These bars are low in carbs and good for diets like keto, vegan, and paleo.

Dark chocolate has many health benefits like being high in minerals (provided you don’t overindulge).

On Dr. Axe in the article, 8 Awesome Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate highlights the importance of dark chocolate in your diet.

These benefits include: 

  • Protection from disease. The free radical fighting properties in dark chocolate are attributed to its high levels of antioxidants.
  • Improved heart health. Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in dark chocolate. Research from the Cleveland Clinic shows that this has a positive effect on heart health.
  • Lower blood pressure and blood sugar. If you are starting a fasting protocol along with a keto diet, dark chocolate can help reduce your levels. Diabetics can also benefit from minimal amounts of dark chocolate high in cacao and low in sugar.

That being said, many of the dark chocolate bars on the market are not that great for you. They are high in sugar and have unnecessary emulsifiers like soy lethicin.

Through research, I have found three bars that have a high amount of cacao, low in sugar. and have no soy lecithin.

This is exactly what you want if you are looking for dark chocolate that will keep your carb count low while giving you great health benefits.

What to Avoid When Buying Keto Friendly Dark Chocolate

Many chocolate bars (think Hershey’s) are filled with sugar, GMO ingredients, and taste like plastic.

That being said, there are a few bars out there that have a lovely taste and won’t leave you feeling guilty after eating.

When you are looking for healthy dark chocolate:

  • Look for chocolate that is high in cacao. Above 70% is a good rule to follow.
  • Make sure that the chocolate is low in sugar per serving.
  • Organic and sustainably sourced ingredients are mandatory.
  • Avoid chocolate with dairy. There are bars out there that have a smooth velvet taste free of dairy.
  • Avoid chocolate with soy lecithin.

Soy lecithin is a popular ingredient in chocolate. It acts as an emulsifier and is found in many foods besides chocolate.

In the article, What is Soy Lecithin? Dr. Axe goes over the pros and cons of soy lecithin.

Keep in mind that lecithin is a fatty compound found in plant and animal tissues. The controversial issue is the soy component.

Most soy in America is raised by conventional standards and is filled with pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

The article states that soy lecithin:

  • May boost immunity.
  • Improves cholesterol levels.
  • May improve cognitive function.
  • May prevent osteoporosis.

Conversely, the article highlights the dangers of soy lecithin.

These dangers include:

  • Soy has naturally occurring estrogenic compounds. This is problematic for both men and women who consume large amounts of soy.
  • Hexane which is a solvent used to extract oils from seeds and vegetables. It’s also used for glues and varnishes. Hexane residue in food is not regulated by the FDA (USA).
  • Most soy sources are impossible to track down. GMO soy is widely used in America. It’s safe to say that most soy products in America are GMO unless it’s labeled with strict organic standards.

The bottom line is to avoid soy in America because of lax industry standards and hyperproduction.

Now that we got the dangers of soy out of the way, let’s talk about my three keto friendly chocolate bar picks.

Alter Eco Deep Dark Sea Salt

I discovered the brand Alter Eco a while back and fell in love immediately. Their Deep Dark Sea Salt bar is still my go-to today.

The highlights of this bar include:

  • Only four ingredients. Organic cacao beans, organic raw cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, and sea salt (fleur de sel).
  • No soy or emulsifiers.
  • Paleo, Vegan, and Keto friendly.
  • A balanced salty, darkly sweet taste.

If you are looking to add a bit of chocolate to your keto diet, Alter Eco is the way to go.

Vivani 85% Cocoa Dark Chocolate

German chocolate maker Vivani is also a great option if you are looking for a healthy bar. Vivani boasts having numerous awards including a DLG award (Agriculture and Food industry award).

The highlights of this bar include:

  • An even higher cocoa content than Alter Eco at 85%.
  • Only three ingredients. Cocoa, cocoa butter, and raw cane sugar.
  • Intense cocoa flavor.
  • Ecological farming and social responsibility.

If you are looking for a quality bar with no salt or soy, this bar should be your go to.

Green&Blacks Organic 85% Dark Chocolate

For a hint of vanilla with your dark chocolate Green&Blacks, 85% is a good first choice.

The highlights of this bar include:

  • Vanilla extract that seasons and smooths out the chocolates natural bitterness.
  • Only four ingredients. All organic. Cocoa, cocoa butter, raw cane sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Empowers six key growing regions: Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, The Dominican Republic, India, and Brazil.

To Sum It Up

All three chocolate bars on this list are highly nutritious ( in moderation of course).

If you are looking to add more minerals and antioxidants to your diet (especially Vegan, Keto, and Paleo), dark chocolate is a great source.

While Alter Eco is my personal favorite, you can’t go wrong with any of the bars on this list.

Enjoy!

For more keto friendly foods

Download the Ultimate Keto Checklist. You’ll get a detailed list to make shopping for keto friendly foods easy.

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  1. JOSEFINE March 6, 2019
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