An area resident may have the answer for chocolate lovers seeking a healthy alternative to products shelled out at local food marts.
Amy Jensen, Brazil, recently became heavily involved with the distribution of Xocai Healthy Chocolate, a 4-year-old company based in Reno, Nev.
Jensen, who runs the business out of her home with assistance from her husband Jeff, was introduced to the company by friend Bethany Green.
The company produces a healthy dark chocolate product free of preservatives and with high levels of antioxidants.
She said it has been a pleasure for her to peddle the Xocai product to people around the neighborhood, be they friend or stranger.
"This is an awesome, awesome product," Jensen said, "and I love educating people about the benefits it brings."
According to Jensen, what makes her company product so health friendly is their patented cold-processed system that helps maintain high antioxidant levels, which are generally lost in the chocolate making process when the product becomes heated.
Jensen said Xocai chocolate, which isn't heated, contains no preservatives or processed sugar.
She also said research provided to her stating the cacao bean and the acai berry, both prominent in her product, are two of the highest antioxidant superfoods in the world.
A report from the website mydrchocolate.com states there are numerous variables that go into determining the methods with which antioxidants are measured, but said dark chocolate can be of great benefit to a person's health.
Xocai the company has been seeing solid expansion since its inception four years ago.
It was founded by Andrew and Jeanette Brooks. The company has 146,000 distributors in 10 countries.
Their products include protein bars, cookies and beverages among other chocolate themed items.
Jensen said working with Xocai has helped her realize how important it is for her to spread good health throughout the community.
A self-described people person, Jensen takes great honor in educating people on the benefits the product gives to people.
"It's just amazing finding out what it's doing for health," she said.
"I care about people so my mission is to share with everybody."
Jensen said the product has had an immediate impact on those around her, stating it even cause multiple members of her family to decrease the amount of medication they were taking.
Her most glowing recommendation to the product is the quality of life it gives to those using it.
"The amount of antioxidants in your body is directly proportional to how long you live," Jensen said.
"You can't put a price on your health."
For more information on Xocai, visit www.xocai.com.