Did you know cacao is a powerful superfood?
Despite the entire mystery around this food, chocolate is actually a very simple product to make and usually contains a mixture of 3 main ingredients: cacao, milk and sugar, where the first one is actually what gives chocolate that delicious flavour and all its healthy benefits. Never too much to say the more cacao in your chocolate, the healthier it is.
Cacao beans are grown on small trees inside a cacao pod that is usually 20cm height and contains around 50 beans inside. In the cacao bean you will find around 55% of fat (cacao butter), 16% of fibre, 14% of other carbohydrates, 11% of protein, and 4% of polyphenols and minerals.
There have been numerous studies done on cacao that show it is packed with antioxidants that might help neutralize free radicals and dissolve plaque in the arteries preventing diseases and improving circulation. Raw cacao powder, cacao nibs or cacao mass could be some of the products that can provide many healthy vitimins and minerals you’ve been missing from your diet!
Organic Cacao naturally contains:
✓ Phenethylamine (PEA) – A neurotransmitter that stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins, often associated with the feeling of being in love.
✓ Serotonin – Acts to help protect your body from stress and promote feelings of happiness.
✓ Dopamine – A neurotransmitter which helps to elevate the mood.
✓ Coumarin – A natural blood thinner and appetite suppressant.
✓ Theobromine – Enhances blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
Essential dietary minerals:
✓ Calcium – Enhances bone mineral density
✓ Copper – Contributes to normal tissue structure and iron metabolism
✓ Iron – Contributes to normal energy production and blood formation
✓ Magnesium – Contributes to normal energy and psychological function
✓ Manganese – Contributes to bone formation and energy metabolism
✓ Phosphorus – Necessary for normal teeth and bone structure
✓ Potassium – Contributes to normal functioning of nervous system and muscle function
Essential dietary vitamins:
✓ Vitamin A – Contributes to vision, skin and metabolism
✓ Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 – Contributes to normal psychological function and immune system
✓ Vitamin E – Contributes to protection from free radical damage
So if you are a chocolate lover just like us and would love to enjoy all benefits cacao can offer, avoid conventional chocolate. Use our DIY Chocolate bar instead to make your own healthy chocolate that is sugar and dairy free! It takes only 10 minutes to prepare and will turn out with a unique taste and texture you will love.
Other ways to include cacao into your dietary routine is adding a little spoon of cacao powder into your breakfast smoothie, adding cacao powder into your baked goods or sprinkling your fresh fruit or yoghurt bowl with cacao nibs.