Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s pretty hard to resist the temptation of chocolate, whether you receive it as a gift or enjoy it as an indulgence for yourself. In fact, over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for this holiday. We may view it as a sinful sweet treat, but is all chocolate bad for you?
Chocolate actually starts off across the globe, since cacao trees grow best in countries with tropical climate like West Africa, Central and South America, and parts of Asia. This is where chocolate can leave a bad taste. There are many labor issues with harvesting cacao, especially in West Africa’s Ivory Coast. The US Department of State estimates that over 100k children work under horrible forms of child labor there, working long hours and using dangerous tools. This is why it is important to support chocolate with certifications such as Fair Trade USA, because it ensures workers get a guaranteed wage and that the money doesn’t support slave labor.
So what about the actual chocolate? Does it make a difference if it is dark, milk or white? Watch this video and find out: