Organic Raw Chocolate: The Super Yummy Superfood
Do you know that chocolate is good for you?
Not just any old chocolate though. Dark, organic chocolate and preferably the raw variety is the way to go. The companies that make the junky stuff that’s filled with ‘who knows what’ obviously do their best to make us believe that what they’re providing is a healthy choice in some way, but let’s face it, that’s marketing.
However, buy the right type of chocolate and you’ve got yourself a good deal.
Chocolate can be VERY good for you!
Cacao beans are what chocolate is made from and these are where all the antioxidant properties in chocolate come from. Cacao Beans are a true superfood, and if you include them in your diet your body will probably thank you for it!
Go for raw!
If you want the real deal super food style, health giving chocolate, go for the RAW variety.
Raw Cacao Beans are an amazing food. They’re not only delicious but extremely good for you.
Chocolate makes you happy…
Cacao beans contain many substances that have earned them the reputation as being nature’s anti-depressant. To start with cacao beans contain neurotransmitters that are associated with promoting a healthy mood and positive mental state.
The phenylethylamine or PEA contained in cacao beans affects brain chemistry in a very interesting and positive way. To say you “love” chocolate may not be too far off since PEA produces a brain chemistry that’s similar to that associated with falling in love!
In addition to containing mood enhancing neurotransmitters, cacao beans also contain the amino acid tryptophan and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. MAO inhibitors allow the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine to circulate in the bloodstream longer, which may help alleviate depression and support feelings of well being. MAO inhibitors have long been featured in antidepressant pharmaceutical medications, as has tryptophan. Tryptophan plays a vital role in the production of serotonin within the body which helps you to feel great!
Cacao is a great source of magnesium
Cacao is also remarkably rich in sulfur and magnesium.
It is one of the best sources of magnesium. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and is associated (again) with more happiness. Magnesium is the most deficient major mineral on the Standard American Diet (SAD); over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in Magnesium.
Chocolate can help keep you beautiful
Cacao is high in the beauty mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails, hair, beautiful, shiny skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas functioning. Anecdotal reports indicate that cacao detoxifies mercury because it is so high sulfur.
Cacao contains subtle amounts of caffeine and theobromine. However, experiments have shown that these stimulants are far different when consumed raw than cooked.
So, the moral to the story? Consume chocolate regularly and consume your chocolate raw! No guilt required.
And remember that while ordinary Organic Chocolate is of course a better choice than most of the mainstream varieties, it is still cooked and processed which no doubt removes some of the health giving properties of the raw cacao beans. But if the raw variety isn’t an option, then Organic dark chocolate is probably the better alternative if you’re looking for a healthy product made from Cacao.
Looking for deliciously healthy chocolate recipes? You shouldn’t go past 69 Shades Of Chocolate! Oh my… Yum….