Most people would stand up and confess without shame "Hi, I'm [NAME] and I'm a chocoholic" but would people be so open and honest about loving chocolate if they had to instead say "I value the taste of chocolate more than the life of innocent baby animals and children"...yes baby animals and children!
We have taken a deep dive into a few shocking truths both good and bad about dairy and vegan chocolate for you to share with your chocolate loving non-vegan family and friends and put together 5 top reasons for them to make the switch from dairy to vegan chocolate.
1. Dairy free dark chocolate is good for you!
This one definitely needs to be passed to your health foodie friends! It's packed full of antioxidants and nutrients like zinc, magnesium, copper, and even potassium. Dark chocolate has actually been shown to have more antioxidants than some berries.
2. Dairy milk chocolate contains nasties that make it addictive
It is loaded with refined sugars, fat and is extremely processed.
The additives of sugar and fat in both milk chocolate and white chocolate trigger sweet taste receptors which releases dopamine and entice consumption to be repeated.
3. Calves are killed within the dairy industry
Your friends might not realise that the dairy within their treat has a deadly impact just the same as eating a beef burger.
Male calves are considered as 'waste' within the dairy industry and it is more cost effective for the dairy farmers to kill male calves just days old. Approximately 95,000 male calves are shot every year in the U.K.
4. Adult cows are eventually sent to slaughter
The female calves (the 'Lucky' ones) get to stay alive past infancy and are instead forced into the dairy industry. Repeatedly going through pregnancies to produce the dairy to keep up with the demand of milk, cheese, yogurts...chocolate!
Of course as soon as 'their supply' drops, they are considered 'spent' and sent off to slaughter for cheap meat products.
5. There is a 'dark side of chocolate'
Quoted from the documentary 'The dark side of choclate'
"In the cocoa plantations of Ghana and the Ivory Coast, children aged from 7 to 15 years old, with the promise of paid work, they are forced into slave labour"
...Happy world chocolate day! 😬 Share with you non-vegan chocolate obsessed friends!
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