Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are all of your products raw?
While there are a number of definitions and opinions on what constitutes something being “raw,” we take it to mean food that is uncooked, unprocessed, and organic. We do not heat any ingredients here in our facility. Some of our bars are 100% raw, such as the Spirulina Dream and the Golden Cashew, while others vary in their raw content, such as the chocolate flavored bars which contain dutch-processed cocoa. Generally, the bars range from approximately 80% to 100% raw. Since ingredient sources can change and there is no legal standard for "raw," we do not claim a specific "percentage raw" on our labels.
2. Are your products all gluten-free?
Yes. Our ingredients are all gluten-free from non-cross-contaminated sources. Our facility is gluten-free, and we periodically test our products as a precaution.
3. What about the oat, barley and wheatgrass used in the Apple Cinnamon bars? Do these bars contain gluten?
No. Please see question 2, above.
4. Who is your kosher authority?
All of our products are certified kosher by Rabbi Reuven Flamer of Natural Food Certifiers in Spring Valley, NY.
5. Are your products vegan?
Yes. Our products are all vegan, as is our facility.
6. What about the Cherry Chocolate Chunk and the Almond Butter Cup? There’s a warning that says "made in a facility that produces milk products."
The vegan, kosher, organic chocolate chips and chunks we use are manufactured in Italy in a plant that also handles dairy. They are kosher parve which means there is an inspection to ensure there is no dairy contamination. However, in the interest of full disclosure and consumer safety we have printed this statement on our packages.
7. Some of your products which contain chocolate chips/chunks list soy lecithin as an ingredient. If I have a soy allergy will this affect me?
Research has shown that soy lecithin does not contain detectable soy protein, so most people with a soy allergy will not be affected by this product. Please consult a doctor to determine if this food is safe for you.
8. I’ve read some articles about agave being bad. Is this true?
There have been a number of health scare articles written over the past few years regarding agave. These articles are often written by people pushing their own agendas, such as marketing competing sweeteners. We believe agave is a safe, natural sweetener.
Our low temperature processed, organic blue weber agave syrup differs from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in a few major ways:
HFCS comes from genetically modified (GMO) corn. Not only is corn an allergen, but the crops are also exposed to glyphosate-based herbicides and potentially other chemicals not found in organic crops. These herbicides and chemicals are considered by many to be toxic for consumers and the environment.
HFCS is a mass produced, highly refined and processed ingredient, originally designed for the conventional soft drink industry to ensure consistency of flavor in industrially manufactured soda products.
Our agave taps the naturally occurring fructose available in the agave inulin. The agave we use in our bars is from a reputable company that produces high quality, organic agave. Below is a well written article by the folks at Brain Toniq that refutes many of the negative claims about agave:
9. I've noticed the cocoa used in your bars is processed with alkali. What’s up with that?
While we are strong proponents of purely raw foods, we also strive to offer a great tasting, eminently affordable delivery medium. There are pros and cons to both raw and alkalized cocoas. We've chosen alkalized cocoa for Raw Revolution based on supply availability, consistency of quality and flavor, and shelf life. Alkalized cocoa is an antioxidant-rich superfood and a key ingredient for our # 1 selling organic bar brand.
Dutch-processing (alkalizing), a method in use for nearly 200 years, makes the cocoa beans less acidic before pressing out the cocoa butter. In addition, the natural mineral potassium carbonate is used to neutralize some of the acid in the cocoa and improve the flavor.
While some argue that this process destroys the flavanol antioxidants in the cocoa, there are a number of scientists who refute this claim. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists reported that dutched cocoa powders, especially the light and medium dutched cocoa powders, retained significant amounts of flavanol antioxidants, placing them in the top 10% of flavanol-containing foods among those listed in the USDA Procyanidin Database.
"This is an important finding for people who like all things chocolate", said Ken Miller, the lead author of the paper. "Because cocoa powder is one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants to start with, even light or medium dutch-processed cocoa powders still retain significant levels of the beneficial antioxidants."
10. I’m curious about your Spirulina Dream bar. What’s Spirulina and why is the bar green?
Spirulina is a highly nutritious blue-green algae that is 100% natural. It was a significant food source for a number of civilizations (such as the Aztecs) and has been widely used as a dietary supplement since the 1970s.
Spirulina contains rich vegetable protein in excess of 60% by weight, approximately three times that of fish or beef, and is also a good source of vitamin B 12, a nutrient which is particularly lacking in a vegetarian diet. Spirulina has a wide range of minerals (including iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium), a high volume of cell-protecting beta-carotene (five times more than carrots, 40 times more than spinach), and is a good source of gamma-linolein acid, which may reduce cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Other benefits of Spirulina include boosting the immune system, improving digestion, detoxifying the body, boosting energy levels, and controlling appetite. Our organic Spirulina is grown and processed on a tropical island in the South China Sea in a GMP-certified facility.
11. I’ve noticed your packaging used to say ‘Peanut-free’ and now has a black mark where ‘Peanut-free’ used to be. You also have a peanut warning now. What happened?
Customers have overwhelmingly requested that we create peanut products. As a warning to consumers, we recently changed our packaging, primarily to eliminate the "Peanut-Free" claims in advance of introducing peanuts into our facility. BARS MARKED EXP26SEP14 or later are made on machines that have also been used to test recipes containing peanuts. We do clean our machinery between runs and frequently spot test to minimize possibility of cross-contamination. HOWEVER, THIS IS NO GUARANTEE THAT TRACES OF PEANUT WILL NOT ENTER ANY GIVEN PRODUCT.
12. Are Raw Revolution bars non-GMO?
Yes, all of our ingredients are certified non-GMO and documentation has been submitted to the Non-GMO Project.
13. What is the shelf life of Raw Revolution bars?
Our bars have a one year shelf life from the date of production.
14. How do your bars have a one-year shelf life, if only natural, non-preservative ingredients are used?
We use naturally shelf-stable ingredients and our packaging eliminates air and moisture to prevent spoilage.