Raw Cacao: Superfood For Life
Craving Chocolate? Go For It, Give In To Cacao!
Are you craving chocolate? Go for it, give in! Cacao (ka-cow)- “natures chocolate” – is often referred to as the “food of the gods” it is insanely high with photochemical and antioxidants. The antioxidant level is 30x more than red wine and with anandamide “the bliss chemical” it will boost your mood without the hangover. This magic bean is also high in flavonoids which some refer to as “vitamin P or vitamin pleasure”. Flavonoids are not technically a vitamin but eating cacao is a pleasurable experience just look at the status chocolate has: Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Christmas.
Rich in omega 6 fatty acid and heart healthy oleic acid, it will improve brain cognition, boost your mood and help calm frazzled nerves. Who hasn’t self-medicated with chocolate at least once?
Prevent heart disease, improve circulation, reduce risk of stroke and inflammation with cacao’s mega dose of polyphenols and flavonoids. These compounds help reduce “bad cholesterol” and prevent hardening of the arteries. Do you know of any “chocolate” heart drug on the market?
Rated the #1 Superfood
Cacao isn’t your run of the mill superfood it is a superstar among superstars. Rated the #1 superfood in the world because it is an excellent source of magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc and copper. Imagine getting a good portion of your daily intake of minerals from consuming cacao!
Cacao benefits are outstanding with athletes: it is calorically and nutrient dense, it supplies small amounts of stimulation from theobromine and caffeine that may help prolong physical activity, and it may improve the widening of blood vessels, which bring more oxygen to your muscles.
To reap the benefits of this magic bean you don’t need to be a culinary chef or adventurous eater. The brain needs active daily stimulation in addition to a healthy diet and I believe that creative cooking counts, as it is both an art and a science. Work out your brain with my simple recipes and get started on your journey with this luxurious treat.
Written by: Catherine “Katie” McCann ROHP/RNCP, Nutritionist, Educator & Raw Food Enthusiast