Sanoviv’s Partners in Health Program spotlights companies who meet Sanoviv standards for health and who are willing to share samples of their products with our guests. Created in 2011 by Sanoviv’s Healthy Stuff Store Manager, Donny Ward, we are expanding our partners in 2012.

“Endangered Species Chocolate” has donated Gluten Free chocolate samples for our guests. Here are some reasons (as if anyone needs a reason to eat chocolate) why their product is so wonderfully healthy and good for the soul.

Benefits for the Body

Endangered Species chocolates are combined with All-Natural and Organic ingredients – leaving no room for artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

With cocoa contents ranging from 70 – 88%, dark chocolates boast a healthful dose of beneficial antioxidants and flavonoids.

The Organic Health line combines exotic, healthful ingredients with premium chocolate to create nutrient-added, smart indulgences.

Benefits for the Soul

Chocolate has been shown to trigger the release of endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals, in the body, creating a sense of calm and euphoria.

Phenyl ethylamine, a substance found in chocolate, stimulates our nervous system – closely mimicking the feelings associated with (sigh) falling in love!

Cousins of caffeine, theobromine and theophylline exist in chocolate but in small amounts. Chocolate is a much weaker stimulant than most people think. In fact, a typical 1.4oz. chocolate bar contains the stimulant equivalent of a cup of decaf coffee.

Our own health can be connected to our compassion and generosity toward others. Feel good about indulging in Endangered Species Chocolate knowing that it helps support sustainable forest farming practices and gives back to conservation organizations

Benefits for the Planet

10% of Endangered Species net profits are donated to non-profit groups that support species and habitat conservation.

All of their chocolate is shade-grown. Shade-grown chocolate supports lush forests and the species that thrive there promoting biodiversity, providing shelter for migratory birds, and combating global warming.

Cacao used to create Endangered Species All-Natural and Organic chocolate products is grown on farm co-ops that foster responsible labor practices, community enrichment and sustainable farming.

For more information on this wonderful company and their products please visit them at www.chocolatebar.com

Be well.