Cacao ‘The Mayan Superfood’
We all love chocolate, right? Well we officially give you permission to indulge in it!
Yes we are saying chocolate is healthy and we encourage you to eat it, we just might not be talking about the kind you’re used to…The key is to understand that not all chocolate is equal and here’s why.
Loaded With Antioxidants
Raw cacao is considered “The Mayan Superfood” and for good reason. It boasts an antioxidant (ORAC) score of 95,500 and to put that into perspective, that’s 14 times more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, 21 times more than green tea, and 7 times more than even dark chocolate!
Rich In Minerals
Magnesium (deficiencies linked to heart disease, diabetes and joint problems), sulfur (helps detoxify your system and promotes healthy skin!), calcium, iron, copper, manganese and potassium are all contained within this amazing bean!
Could It Be An Aphrodisiac?
Mercola lists it as one of the top aphrodisiacs, attributing its power to the “bliss molecule,” anandamide, and phenylethylamine, “the love chemical”, which makes the brain release dopamine during sex.
To Bean Or Not To Bean!
We could go on and on about raw cacao and when combined with coconut oil to make raw chocolates and tasty treats it’s hard to beat. Try switching your current chocolate or cooking/ drinking chocolate for a healthier raw cacao alternative.
Add to smoothies or milkshakes, make hot chocolate, sprinkle on coffee or ice cream, add to cookie or muffin batter, or substitute for regular cocoa powder in dessert recipes. Raw cacao does contain about 1% caffeine (as compared to tea at 4% and coffee which can be more than 10%!). For a caffeine free alternative Carob powder can be used and may be ideal for children or those sensitive to caffeine.
So what are you waiting for?!
Grab some raw cacao from your local organic supplier and start experimenting!
Along with his wife Kira, Clinton, or CJ, runs Perth Raw Foodies a strong and passionate community with the mission to educate, inspire and support. Find out more at perthrawfoodies.com.au.