AVON, Ind. — Katherine Ward believes she has found the answer to her stiff joints and aching muscles in a popular junk food — chocolate. But not just any chocolate, a "healthy chocolate" called Xocai (pronounced "show-sigh).
Ward, who is retired from teaching in Monrovia after 21 years, and her husband, Terry, who is retired from Duke Energy after 35 years, have spent the past year working as Xocai distributors.
The chocolate is made up of Belgian cocoa powder, acai berry, and blueberry through a cold-press process, which preserves its high levels of antioxidants and nutrients.
Ward said the total process takes about 90 steps, and she recommends three servings of Xocai a day for maximum benefits.
Although official studies have yet to be completed, Ward said she has several customers who have seen the benefits from eating Xocai regularly, including weight loss, a balance in the digestive system, sleep benefits, lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol, oral health benefits, and more.
Ward said she and her mother, who both eat Xocai, recently had their cholesterol tested, which revealed their good cholesterol had been elevated.
"That's huge because every doctor around would want to put me on cholesterol medicine," she said.
Another personal benefit that Ward said she has experienced by eating the chocolate is a decrease in the aches and pains she feels upon waking each morning.
The company will only be celebrating its third anniversary this June, but already has 50,000 distributors nationwide.
Ward and her husband learned about Xocai through a naturopathic doctor who had seen results from using the chocolate in her practice, as well as through her husband's dental practice.
"Some people have saved money in the long run by purchasing the chocolate at less of a price than their prescriptions," Ward said, adding that the chocolate doesn't cause unwanted side effects like many medications do.