Turn cravings for cooked chocolate into super-nutrition

Chocolate Health Benefits
The studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits are not referring to your average store-bought chocolate bar (damn misleading researchers). The chocolate that they’re referring to is raw cacao.

Finally we’re telling you what you’ve wanted to hear your whole lives and deep down knew to be true. CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Yes!… chocolate is EXTREMELY healthy for you and is in fact the HIGHEST antioxidant super food known to man.

BUT only in its RAW state – unheated, NO trans fats, NO sugars, NO dairy etc.

The key to chocolate’s super qualities seems to be eating it in its raw, natural state. When cacao beans are excessively heated, melted, processed, chemicalised, and added to dairy products, they lose key nutrient qualities, psychoactive properties, brain nutrition and more.

After all this no wonder people want the real thing! What happened to the original food, the cacao bean? Let us get back to the real food beneath all the layers of cooking, machining and tampering.

Chocolate Health Benefits
The studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits are not referring to your average store-bought chocolate bar (damn misleading researchers). The chocolate that they’re referring to is raw cacao.

The Cacao Bean
Chocolate is one of the worlds most well-loved foods. Yet very few have ever had the raw food that all chocolate  comes from – cacao beans! All chocolate comes from cacao beans – the seeds of the cacao fruit – which grows on a jungle tree. Botanically, cacao is truly a nut. Cacao beans taste like dark chocolate, because they are dark chocolate!

The Healing properties of Raw Cacao

Magnesium

Magnesium is the primarily mineral missing when heart problems occur. Magnesium increases the overall vigor of the heart muscle. This mineral also decreases blood coagulation thus lowering blood pressure and helping the heart pump more effectively. Cacao, of course, is a fantastic food source of heart-supporting magnesium.

Antioxidants

According to research cited in The New York Times, fresh cacao beans are super-rich in antioxidant flavonoids. Cacao beans contain 10,000 milligrams (10 grams) per 100 grams of flavonol antioxidants. This is a whopping 10% antioxidant concentration level! This makes cacao one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food.

5 Anti-Depressant Properties of Raw Chocolate

Cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine, three well-studied neurotransmitters, which help reduce depression and are associated with feelings of well-being.
Cacao has monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that improve our mood because they allow serotonin and dopamine to stay in the bloodstream longer without being broken down.
Cacao contains anandamide which delivers blissful feelings.
Cacao also has B vitamins, which are associated with brain health.
Cacao contains significant quantities of the amino acid tryptophan which is yet another powerful mood-enhancing nutrient.
All this makes cacao a natural Anti-Depressant!

Lose weight, eat chocolate!

Anyone who eats chocolate knows that it diminishes appetite. There is evidence indicating MAOIs also diminish appetite. There is actually no scientific evidence to implicate chocolate consumption with obesity. In fact the reverse seems to be the case. Eating cacao helps one to lose weight by allowing you to eat less.

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