I've said it before – I'm a lover of dark chocolate – who isn't? If you're not then maybe you should consider trying the source of all chocolate as it has many, many health related benefits. So what am I talking about?
Whenever I come across articles about this super food I just have to share it with everybody that wants to improve their general health.
Have you ever enjoyed the goodness of real chocolate? I’m not talking about those processed, machine-churned, sickly sweet candy bars that line store shelves… I’m talking about raw, unprocessed cacao. While a diet filled with candy bars is pretty catastrophic to your health, a diet with a moderate amount of raw cacao added can be very healthy, indeed.
Raw cacao is made of ground cacao beans, before they are roasted and processed to make chocolate. You can also find the whole beans and grind them yourself, if you prefer. They do taste like dark chocolate, just a more bitter version, without the sugar content. If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll likely love raw cacao — and you’ll be doing your body and mind a world of good by eating it.
Not convinced? Here are eight amazing benefits of eating raw cacao.
8 Amazing Benefits Of Raw Cacao:
It’s teeming with nutrition:
When you eat raw cacao, you’re treating your body to a range of B-vitamins, vitamin E, fiber and protein. Raw cacao also contains an abundance of minerals, including iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, calcium, zinc and potassium. This ancient super-food is also rich in healthy fats, including natural saturated fat and oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat you’ll also find in heart-healthy olive oil.
It’s incredibly high in antioxidants:
Raw cacao beans are chock full of flavonoid antioxidants, which are linked to combating free radical damage, reducing chronic inflammation, preventing symptoms of premature aging, and potentially helping to prevent a number of illnesses. On top of all of this, flavonoids are linked to protecting the cardiovascular system.
It may lower your risk of heart disease:
Researchers have found that cacao can lower your risk of heart disease.
Speaking of your cardiovascular system, raw cacao has been found to be pretty great for your heart. Research has found that the flavonoid antioxidants found in cacao beans can help improve circulation, and thus lower your risk of coronary heart disease. Cacao is also linked to lowering blood pressure and reducing plaque build-up on the walls of arteries.
How to enjoy raw cacao
Raw cacao can be added to smoothies, spice rubs and more.
There are a great many ways to enjoy raw cacao. The following are just a few of them:
Sprinkle ground raw cacao on salads, dips and yogurt.
Add some to a smoothie, tea or juice.
Make an energizing trail mix with nuts, seeds, dried fruit and cacao nibs.
Use ground raw cacao in spice rubs.
Sweeten with organic coconut crystals or raw honey and use in your favorite desserts — just make sure to skip the sugar!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy raw cacao?
I've listed just 3 of the benefits of Raw Cocao above. You can read the full 8 benefits of including raw cacao in your diet at the following link:
https://www.thealternativedaily.com/amazing-benefits-of-raw-cacao/ Written by Tanya Mead – August 3, 2017