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WHAT IS A SUPERHERB?
The superherbs we use are extremely well-studied and have been used in the Taoist and Ayurvedic systems for thousands of years. In this world of Taoist and Ayurvedic herbs there are many different levels of quality. The ones we use come from the most reputable sources and each batch is third-party tested for purity and to make sure there is no contamination.
WHAT IS A SUPERFOOD?
We incorporate the most nutrient dense foods that have been eaten by indigenous cultures around the world for thousands of years. We only choose the ones providing maximum nutritional potency.
WHY DO YOU USE HEIRLOOM CACAO?
In the chocolate world, there are many varieties and qualities of cacao. We use the highest quality heirloom Arriba Nacional cacao which is a variety that is extremely special and comprises less than 1% of all cacao production in the world.
This elite quality organic raw cacao is made is using only pure Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional cacao beans carefully selected and procured from Ecuador, grown in high elevation volcanic soil. The trees are at least 30 years old and some are older than 80 years! It is laboratory tested to be free of mycotoxins, mold, yeast, and fungus. The beans are sun-dried, (never gas-dried!) and remain completely raw from start to finish.
IS YOUR CACAO ETHICALLY SOURCED?
Yes! The simple fact is that fair trade wages are often very low, well below our standards. In organic cacao production in South America, everyone is paid over "fair-trade" wages as there is more margin in the product. In other words, the chocolate is higher quality, so it can be sold for more, leaving more money to pay the people at the lower levels of the operation. Fair Trade is primarily an issue in Africa where massive chocolate corporations drive the price per pound down so low that workers involved get squeezed to ultra-low wages or work in slavery.
WHAT PERCENTAGE CACAO ARE ADDICTIVE WELLNESS CHOCOLATES?
Addictive Wellness chocolates are 83% cacao.
WHAT ARE THE NATURAL FLAVORS IN THE ELIXIR BLENDS?
We understand that some people may initially be concerned when they see the term "natural flavors,” but there are a number of factors that are very important to keep in mind here.
1. Our label does not just read “Natural Flavors,” but rather “Organic Natural Flavors”- this means that everything used to create our flavors has been 100% certified organic.
2. Not only are our Organic Natural Flavors certified organic, they are all 100% GMO-Free, Vegan, and Allergen Free. This means they are free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, sulfites, shellfish, soy, milk, fish, wheat, cereals, oils, MSG, artificial colors and dyes.
3. This term is how companies like us who spend years doing R&D and experimenting with different ingredients in developing a product and perfecting a formula protect themselves from other companies quickly and easily copying the product without putting in the hard work themselves. If companies didn’t have this protection from being copied, people would be discouraged from putting in years of work to create really amazing things.
So all in all- I completely understand that one would be concerned about something just called “natural flavors” but this is a completely different situation as we are working with Organic GMO-Free Vegan Allergen Free Natural Flavors :)
WHY DO YOU USE RAW INGREDIENTS?
The raw ingredients, including the cacao and other superfoods, are never heated above 118° to protect the integrity of all nutrients, enzymes, and neurotransmitters which would be destroyed above that temperature. The herbs used in the chocolate are exposed to heat during the extraction process. This is essential to make the active compounds bio-available, unlocking the true potency of these superherbs. Raw chocolate is more expensive than conventional chocolate because it takes considerably longer to process the beans into the final chocolate form without using high levels of heat
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS SUGAR-FREE?
Our chocolate is sweetened using only birch xylitol and a special non-bitter organic stevia extract. Not only there are no hidden ingredients that we conveniently forgot but also there are no chemically-sourced fake sweeteners allowing us to state our chocolate is “sugar-free.” This treat is sweetened without the use of white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, honey, erythritol, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, whey low, splenda, agave, or coconut palm sugar. This means it doesn’t contain anything that will spike your blood sugar or aggravate sensitive conditions.
WHAT IS XYLITOL?
Xylitol is a naturally occurring compound that tastes sweet, but does not affect blood sugar or cause tooth decay. Xylitol is produced naturally in human metabolism and is also found in sources such as schizandra berries, various hardwood trees, and corn. Most "plant based" xylitol is made from GMO corn- we would never put this kind of xylitol in our bodies or in our products.
The xylitol used in our products is made only from sustainably harvested North American birch trees, so long as it comes in a pure form like ours, the body uses it quite well as a prebiotic and to kill off bad bacteria. Our Chocolate contains less than 2 grams and our Elixirs contain 3 grams of xylitol per serving - much less than you would find in most products sweetened with xylitol or erythritol.
WHAT IS STEVIA?
Stevia is a small leafy green plant that grows well in a variety of climates. My aunt actually grows it in her garden in Santa Barbara, CA. Stevia is very interesting because it contains compounds called rebaudiosides that taste sweet, but do not contain any sugar and do not affect blood sugar. We use a very special stevia that does not have the bitter aftertaste of many stevia products.
Our stevia is processed in complete compliance with organic certification standards and contains a very high percentage of Reb-A. Most commercial stevias are primarily GMO maltodextrin with stevia added only as a secondary ingredient. Our stevia is just organic stevia, nothing more.
ARE ADDICTIVE WELLNESS PRODUCTS SAFE FOR DIABETICS?
WHAT MAKES THE MUSHROOMS IN THESE PRODUCTS SO SPECIAL?
The mushrooms in our chocolates and elixir blends (reishi, chaga, lion's mane & tremella) are from an elite class of mushrooms known as TREE MUSHROOMS. They affect the body very differently than conventional ground mushrooms and have been extremely well studied and researched by modern science.
ARE ADDICTIVE WELLNESS PRODUCTS ORGANIC?
In sourcing our ingredients, our primary focus is finding the purest and most potent botanicals. Sometimes these come from certified organic operations, sometimes they come from wild remote mountain environments with rich soil watered by natural springs that aren’t certified. We’re always going for the most beneficial ingredients and we’re not going to let an organic certificate stand in the way of us using the highest quality herbs available.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS ALLERGEN FREE?
All Addictive Wellness product are made in an allergen free environment.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS VEGAN?
Yes, 100% vegan. We do not use animal-sourced ingredients or their derivatives in our products.
DO YOU USE GMOS?
We do not use any genetically modified organisms or their derivatives in our chocolate.
DO YOU USE SOY OR PALM OIL?
We would never do that. Almost all soy is contaminated with Gmo soy and it is hard to find palm oil that does not come from unethical and unsustainable sources.
HOW DO YOU SHIP CHOCOLATE DURING THE SUMMER?
During the warmer months it is necessary to ship your order via the fastest shipping possible and we do so in eco-friendly, biodegradable, insulated packaging with ice packs in order to get the chocolates to you in perfect condition. Chocolate is incredibly sensitive to heat damage and melting would compromise the quality of your enjoyment, especially since we keep the chocolates pure and never use additives to stabilize them. Once temperature drops in the fall we immediately lower all shipping prices, and in the meantime we still offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50 within the U.S!
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF YOUR PRODUCTS?
The Chocolates have 12 months and the Elixir Blends have 24 months shelf life when stored in a cool, dry place.
HOW SHOULD I STORE THE CHOCOLATE AT HOME?
Stored in a cool and dry place, (not in the refrigerator) our chocolate will have a shelf life of 12 months from the date of manufacture. If you do not have somewhere to keep the chocolate below 72º without putting it in the refrigerator, please follow this process:
- Place the chocolate inside a ziplock bag and squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag before closing it.
- Place the chocolate in the refrigerator
- When you are ready to take it back out, be sure to allow it to warm back up to room temperature before opening the ziplock bag.
WILL THE ENERGY AND TRANQUILITY CANCEL EACH OTHER OUT?
Not at all. These are all adaptogenic herbs and have great synergy together!
WHY DID YOU NAME YOUR COMPANY ADDICTIVE WELLNESS?
The word “addictive” comes from the latin word “addictionem” meaning “to be devoted to your loved one, to your god, to your passions". It was first used in its modern meaning in the 19th century when it started to describe people’s obsession with and "devotion to" opium.