Chocolate –in its pure form as CACAO– is actually one of the healthiest foods on the planet! Research is continually proving that Cacao is actually a superfood.
The health benefits of this wonderful superfood are not widely known. Although, everyone enjoys chocolate, people do not consume it in its raw form for the maximum benefit that they can derive from it. Raw Cacao is chocolate that has not gone through any sort of heating or processing, so all of the nutrients are still intact.
Unfortunately, the real problem today is that most chocolate has been highly processed and heated, destroying most of the nutrients. Furthermore, most chocolate today is loaded with sugars, dairy products, sodium, stabelizers, emulsifiers, preservatives, and more. Researchers have even found that commercial chocolate can be contaminated with extremely high quantities of the toxic metal lead. So, not only are the good things being taken out, bad stuff is being added, turning the cacao superfood into chocolate junk food.
For thousands of years, ancient Mayans, Aztecs and Incans have known about the amazing properties of Cacao and they used Cacao daily whether it be for meals, medicine, commerce, or religious ritual.
Cacao is derived from Theobroma Cacao beans, which literally means “Food of the Gods”. Cacao contains over 300 compounds including: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. Magnesium helps to build strong bones and is a muscle relaxant associated with feelings of calmness. Cacao is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong nails and hair.
#1 food source of antioxidants – up to 5 times higher than the next highest source
#1 food source of magnesium – this mineral is the biggest deficiency in the Standard America Diet
Phenylethylamine (PEA) – the compound which scientists believe is released when you’re in love
Anandamide – the ‘bliss chemical’
Tryptophan – the precursor to serotonin
MAO Inhibitors – allows more serotonin to flow in your body
Appetite suppresant & aphrodisiac
None of the above statements have been evaluated by the FDA, although they told us they really love raw chocolate.