For people trying to avoid soy lecithin, it may seem impossible to find a sweet and indulgent chocolate that is meets their “soy free” criteria. An allergy is an obvious reason to avoid soy lecithin; however, more and more people are opting for a soy-free diet. While soy lecithin does not have the same effect on our bodies as sugar and gluten, it is still considered harmful— but why? No GMO seems to be all the rage now-a-days, and for good reason. Genetically modified foods have been proven to have potentially debilitating effects on the human body. And, get this— approximately 95% of soy is a GMO. Aside from the fact that soy is a GMO, it is also one of the most pesticide-rich crops. Pesticides come with their own list of harmful side effects.
Chances are, if you have begun your soy free journey, you have come to realize that most of the foods we consume on a daily basis include soy ingredients and additives. There is soy lecithin in seemingly everything, and it is extremely difficult to avoid— difficult, but not impossible. Soy lecithin is one of the main additives in our foods and supplements. Soy lecithin can be found in ice cream, peanut butter, vegetable broth, margarines, and even chocolate. Why is there soy lecithin in chocolate? Soy lecithin is an oily substance that acts as a great emulsifier— in short, soy lecithin keeps cocoa and cocoa butter from separating. Finding a soy free chocolate can be a daunting task; but, worry not— I have compiled a list of the 10 best soy free dark chocolate options.
1. Hail Merry Dark Chocolate Macaroon Merry Bites
It may sound too good to be true, but this really is a “guilt-free chocolate treat.” Ingredients include: shredded coconut, coconut oil, dark cocoa, vanilla, and sea salt. These brownie bites are naturally sweetened with organic maple syrup.
2. Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Boom Choco Boom Bar
This indulgent and gluten-free treat contains chocolate liquor, evaporated cane juice, and non-dairy cocoa butter. It is dairy, nut, and soy free.
3. Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate
This delectable organic dark chocolate is completely soy free, gluten free, nut free, and dairy free—it is available in a variety of chocolates, including: milk, white, and even orange.
4. Santa Barbara Chocolate
Bulk Organic Dark Chocolate Extra dark and GMO free, this chocolate packs a major soy free punch.
5. Foodie Fuel Swiss Chocolate Crisps
This organic treat includes coconut sugar, cocoa powder, sea salt, and a blend of superfood seeds.
6. The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas In Chocolate
These crispy, crunchy chickpeas make a yummy snack or topper.
7. Go Raw Coco Crunch Sprouted Granola
Ingredients include: buckwheat, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, dates, cocoa, and coconut.
8. Health Warrior Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia
BarChia is the number one ingredient!
9. Raw Revolution Chocolate Crave
Includes dates, cashews, and sunflower seeds, sweetened with agave.
10. Wonderfully Raw Brownie Coco-Roons
Marketed as the original superfood cookie, these vegan, gluten free, organic brownie bites are an ultra-rich, non-GMO treat sure to satisfy any chocolate craving.
Soy free food options are available, though they can be difficult to find at the market. If you are one of the many people with a soy allergy (or simply want to avoid soy for health reasons), find comfort in knowing that there are food options out there— you just have to know where to look. I salute you in your step toward a wholesome, soy free lifestyle.