As Valentine’s Day looms overhead, with sweethearts in love nestled up against each other and single people flipping off Cupid, one can not help but think of the presents this day typically brings. Flowers, stuffed teddy bears, heart shaped candy, and cards may all fill the carts of Valentines Day shoppers, but nothing is quite as popular as chocolate. Diamonds may be forever, but chocolate will hold you over in the meantime.
Chocolate has perpetually evolved throughout time; what began as merely “kisses” now seems willing to go all the way. Part of this derives simply from the fact that chocolate is good, whether it melts in your hand or in your mouth, it is in a league of its own. The other factor is all the positive press it has recently received. Not only is it a comfort food, with squares of chocolate patting the backs of the weary and saying, “there, there,” but it also contains many positive health benefits.
Dark chocolate, for example, contains antioxidants and lowers blood pressure. Dark, as well as other types of chocolate, also contains vitamins, HDL boosting fats, and serotonin, nature’s version of Prozac.
As you seek out chocolate in hopes of doing something nice for your loved one or yourself, there is a way to also do something nice for the world: buy chocolate the Sustainable Table way.
Sustainable Table is an organization that supports a kinder kind of agriculture; it advocates the production of food in a healthy, environmentally friendly, and animal friendly manner. Additionally, it supports farming communities while implementing fair wages to farmers and workers. Sustainable Table helps promote Fair Trade, a movement that gives farmers the ability to reach the global market while making sure they are fairly compensated for their goods. Items that are Fair Trade-certified are typically organic, a form of growing that maintains both land and human health.
When chocolate is purchased through Sustainable Table, both farmers and the environment benefit, allowing you to have your (chocolate) cake and eat it too.