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Monday
Apr062009

Featured Ingredient: Açai Berries

Why didn’t you know about Açai 10 years ago? Unless you went to South America, it would have been very hard to get your hands on it. Ripe Açai berries are about the size of a large blueberry and composed of a sweet pulp protecting a seed in the middle with the pulp and fruit skin containing the most nutrition. The raw fruit is so delicate that the Açai berry needs to be consumed within 24 hours of picking. Recent innovations in the picking and freeze-drying processes have helped create a high-nutrient containing Açai powder, allowing the rest of the world to discover what Amazonian tribes have known for years.

Açai does more than sit pretty, it has been linked to phenomenal cancer-curing results!  A recent study publicshed in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry illuminated that the extracts of the Açai berry reduced the growth of leukemia cells in the lab by up to 86 percent by triggering a self-destruct response in the leukemia cells!

Furthermore, Açai offers a superdose of antioxidants- more than most fruits! To measure antioxidant concentration, a food's ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) value can be measured with a higher score indicating a higher antioxidant content. Whereas red grapes tested at 11, blueberries at 32, and pomegranate at 105, the ORAC value of Açai scored remarkable 185!! The Acai berry's antioxidants, which color the berry blue-purple, can promote longevity by neutralizing free radicals, making Açai an amazing superfood to include in one's diet. Even Oprah would agree as she included it in Oprah Winfrey's Top 10 Superfoods list!                              

Another amazing aspect is Açai's ability to help the body regenerate and produce stem cells. A stem cell can become any cell that the body needs, including a connective tissue cell, a white blood cell, a muscle cell, or a nerve cell. By producing more stem cells, the human body can thrive and live even longer! Thank you Açai :)

For hundreds of years, locals have used the Açai berry to help with digestive issues and prevent everyday ailments. Everyone can benefit from Açai's healthy amounts of fiber, amino acids, oleic acid (which is a beautifying oil), and omega 6 and 9s. What else can Açai do for you? How about noting its reputation as the Viagra of the Amazon! Yes this berry from Brazil is known to increase sex drive, in addition to boosting energy, stamina and mental acuity.                                                                                 

  • Has a positive effect on cholesterol levels
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • Promotes a healthy digestive system
  • Helps protect your skin and organs against premature aging
  • Help cell regeneration and healthy tissue growth

 

Finding Açai in Gnosis Chocolate!


Pomegranate Acai Bar Net Wt. 2oz. (56g) $9.25
The Pomegrante Acai Bar puts all the pieces of vibrant health in place as luscious antioxidant-rich acai and pomegranate, vitamin c filled camu camu meet protein-dense brazil nuts and liver-detoxifying barberries and intense raw cacao. More Info

 

 

SuperChoc Bar Net Wt. 2oz. (56g) $9.25
No other chocolate bar can match its sheer power, so be prepared for this thunderbolt to your senses and systems! SuperChoc's raw superfoods, superherbs, antioxidants, and adaptogens make SuperHeroes of us all! More Info

 

 

Superberry Lime Bar Net Wt. 2oz. (56g) $9.25   
Gnosis delivers 10 superberries - the ultimate proof good things coming in small packages – with a hint of tart, bright refreshing, lime in the background. With the low glycemic maple flavor of Palm Nectar, you’ll be transported to new heights! More Info

 

 

Cupuacu Acai Spread (2 sizes)
Cashews*, Cacao Butter*, Agave Nectar*, Coconut*, Cupuacu Fruit*, Aronia Berry*, Acai Berry*, Vanilla Bean*, Love. *organic     More Info

Net Wt 2oz (56g) $6     

 Net Wt 8oz (224g) $18     

 


Raw Organic Acai Berry Powder Net Wt 8oz (224g) $25

For use in all your home recipes - from smoothies to salad dressing!

 


THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE FDA. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, OR CURE ANY DISEASE.

 

Saturday
Apr042009

Loving Mother Earth

Happy Earth Day!

What is a holiday, anniversary, or rememberance day? Mother's Day isn't the only day that we should dedicate honor and respect for mothers, our Birthday isn't the only day we should celebrate being alive, and certainly, Earth Day isn't the only day we should bring our attention to environmental sustainability!

Earth Day is an opportuity to help us spread the word and bring awareness to those who haven't experienced the integrity of living in harmony with our home.

Gnosis Chocolate is more Earth-friendly than you can fathom - infact once we got boxes that were TOO eco-friendly - the glue was so non-toxic that it didn't stick and we had to manually reglue every single box by hand!!! We believe that it's SO important to first reuse as much as possible before you recycle - since recycling takes a lot of energy. Look for POST CONSUMER RECYCLED material. This can be used for food packaging as long as you have an additional barrier - don't be fooled! When you see "Made with Recyclable Material" - know that this company could have used Recycled or Post Consumer Recycled material and that it's up to us to ask them to raise their integrity :)

  1. Our boxes are 100% recycled, 77% post-consumer recycled, and FSC certified.
  2. Our chocolate bags are biodegradable - our trailmix bags are 100% home compostable!
  3. The bottom of our boxes is printed with Vegetable - not Soy! - inks
  4. Our labels are certified as compostable in key biodegradation environments and are FSC certified (more on this below). They are made by NatureFlex
  5. All packaging materials are reused or come from USPS. Whenever we receive shipments, we reuse the boxes and padding they came with. We never buy boxes. (reusing is better than recycling!)
  6. Team Gnosis walks all orders to the Post Office instead of having an extra truck come to us.
  7. Gnosis Team mates walk, bike, or take public transportation to the kitchen.
  8. During the summer, we never use styrofoam! We us reusable ice packs :)
  9. All paper used in printing orders, or any other important chocolate-y documents is 100% recycled.
  10. We use label-backing paper as shipping padding rather than trashing it and buying packing peanuts

So what is this FSC certification from point #3? FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. Because our chocolate boxes are FSC certified, you can rest assure that the materials used to make them were from a well-managed forest. From their website: "FSC has developed a set of Principles and Criteria for forest management that are applicable to all FSC-certified forests throughout the world. There are 10 Principles and 57 Criteria that address legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts surrounding forest management."

We believe that our practices not only affect the planet directly, but we strive to raise the bar (yes, pun intended) for other small companies like us. Sure, it's more expensive in the short run to purchase the more environmentally sustainable option. But by voting with our dollars, we are literally shifting the marketplace to make these items become not only more affordable but  available in greater variety. Possibilities are endless when we decide to stand up and vote.