Have you been depriving yourself of chocolate because you’re trying to lose weight and feel better? Maybe you’ve noticed that some expensive chocolate bars taste great, but then you crash and feel jittery later. Or maybe you’ve had a lifelong love affair with dark chocolate.
Upgraded Chocolate Powder is designed to be the highest quality chocolate. Where your chocolate comes from and how it’s created determines everything about how it will make you feel.
All chocolate is produced by fermentation, and it is common for chocolate to be contaminated with mold. Mold can contribute to feelings of weakness, sickness, and lethargy. For regular chocolate, the health benefits don’t outweigh the risks.
That’s why we made Upgraded™ Chocolate Powder using an optimized process to create powdered chocolate without minimized levels of toxins, which normally make chocolate such a common source of problems.
Eating a high quality source of dark chocolate, like Upgraded Chocolate Powder, has tons of benefits. People who eat high quality chocolate have been shown to have lower markers of inflammation than those who eat regular chocolate.
What does science & research show
Fact 1: Mold, toxins & chocolate
When chocolate is not carefully treated, it is possible for it be contaminated with mold toxins. Cacao trees are often infected with fungi and molds. Roasting moldy beans destroys almost all of the actual fungi, but it doesn’t destroy all of the toxins already produced by the fungi. We use a proper production process to minimize levels of mold and fungi formation in Upgraded Chocolate products, which help keeps your mind and body sharp.
Fact 2: Antioxidant Super Food
Inflammation is known to negatively affect our health in many aspects. Upgraded™ Chocolate Powder supports regenerative antioxidant processes that may support in reducing inflammation. How Upgraded™ Chocolate Powder Betters Heart Health. Your heart is one of the organs most affected by inflammation, and dark chocolate is just as good for heart health as it is for Valentine’s Day. Studies show that eating dark chocolate can directly improve heart and vascular function.
Fact 3: Why cocoa fiber is good for your gut
Upgraded™ Chocolate Powder has the kind of fiber that supports normal digestive function. Rats that consume cocoa fiber have a reduction in blood pressure and achieve a healthier weight than rats not fed cocoa fiber. Consuming cocoa fiber improves bowel movements in people too. The soluble fiber in Upgraded™ Chocolate Powder feeds the good bacteria in your gut, which makes your entire body work better.
We start with rare, wild, hand-harvested South American cacao beans from a single small region at high elevation with rich volcanic soil. High elevations reduce the amount of mold in the environment. The trees are watered with pollution-free mountain stream water. We selected a heritage cacao species in the Arriba family from decades-old trees, some as old as 75 years. At no time do we use aggregators or wholesalers so there is no chance of low-quality hybrid species of cacao entering our supply chain. Experienced craftsmen harvest the ripe cacao pods and bring them to the nearby, dedicated processing facility.
Unfermented chocolate is not edible, so we do ferment the chocolate. Our high altitude state of the art closed facility and single-source beans allow a short fermentation process with far less exposure to the types of toxic mold found in more humid African chocolate processing methods. We maintain the delicate flavors and oils by quickly sun-drying the still-raw beans in mountain air. Then we grind the beans into a fine powder on custom artisan equipment dedicated exclusively to our chocolate. The beans are 100% organic, wild, kosher, vegan, and exceed fair trade standards.
Bulletproof chocolate products are processed without using alkalization, spray/gas drying, or harsh solvents. Harsh processing can decrease the beneficial compounds in chocolate by 86-89%..
By gently harvesting the pods, keeping them raw, and using artisan equipment to crush the beans, Upgraded™ Chocolate Powder retains the antioxidant quality of chocolate all the way from the wilderness to your mouth.
The quality and flavor of chocolate is impacted by the fermentation and processing methods. Normally, there is very little control over what bacteria ferment the cocoa, which often produces unwanted flavors and bad batches.
Upgraded™ Chocolate Powder avoids this problem by using a dedicated, closed, single-source facility at high altitude in South America with a short fermentation process. There are simply fewer opportunities for the bad molds to enter the process. We store the beans in a climate-controlled facility.
The way cocoa beans are stored has a large impact on the different kinds of mold and fungi present on the beans.7 Improper storage, which is common in commodity beans, increases fungi levels.
Ingredients & Uses
What’s in Upgraded Chocolate? Just organic and raw cacao powder sourced from the best cacao beans, processed to minimize toxins, and carefully stored to prevent contamination from heavy metals and fungi.
Upgraded Chocolate Powder + Upgraded Cacao Butter = Upgraded Chocolate You can mix Upgraded Chocolate Powder and Upgraded™Cacao Butter together at very low heat to make your own Bulletproof® Chocolate bars or even fudge (more Chocolate Powder makes bars, more Cacao Butter makes fudge). To create that irresistible creamy flavor, we recommend adding Upgraded™ Vanilla, and if you’d like it sweet, you can add raw honey to taste.
To make delicious hot chocolate, blend Upgraded™ Chocolate Powder and Upgraded™ Cacao Butter in 1-2 cups hot water with erythritol or raw honey and grass-fed butter or ghee, or coconut cream.
Last but not least, you have not truly lived until you’ve blended Upgraded Chocolate Powder and Upgraded Cacao Butter into your morning cup of Bulletproof® Coffee, making a full-fledged Bulletproof® Mocha. It adds a delectable hint of satisfying chocolate taste.