Lindt Chocolate Review
In an effort to keep my reviews objective based on health topics, I structure each in the same way and allow my opinions to come through in the "Bottom Line" at the end. Here are my findings for Lindt Chocolate.
This review was originally done because I thought it was an organic chocolate, which it's not. This refers to Lindt Excellence 85% Dark Chocolate so we're not dealing with artificial flavors, as in their other chocolates. This is simply NOT a healthy chocolate company, though an 85% dark chocolate bar, unflavored, should have many of the benefits shown in all the studies of dark chocolate without much of the sugar compromise. They also have even darker bars for those who can handle them.
IS IT ORGANIC?
No, Lindt Chocolate is not organic.
WHAT BEANS DO THEY USE?
Based on price and taste and lack of any claim otherwise, I presume they use common forastero beans.
HOW IS IT PROCESSED?
This is a common cooked chocolate.
WHAT SWEETENERS ARE USED?
They use demerara sugar, which is an unrefined cane sugar. This appears to be a better choice than common refined sugar. But when choosing really dark chocolates like several available from Lindt, you minimize the use of sweeteners.
IS IT FAIR TRADE?
No, and there is no claim to ethical sourcing. As they are a mass producer, I imagine slaves are involved in much of their cacao production.
As I said at the beginning, this is something of an accidental review because I thought it was an organic chocolate. I'm keeping it here for posterity. This is not a healthy dark chocolate, BUT most studies have been done on regular cooked chocolate, which still shows a lot of health benefits when eaten in moderation. The less sugar, the better, so these really dark bars offer their own benefits.