Hi everybody! I hope the new year has been treating you well. Like a lot of people, I’m sure you came up with a few resolutions to better yourself, and I’m guessing there’s a good chance that one of those resolutions is to eat healthier, as it should be. Well, if you did indeed make such a resolution, then I’m sure that included pretty much cutting out sweets such as chocolate, which I know can’t be easy for all of you chocolate lovers.
Well, never fear because I’m here today to tell you some great news. Raw chocolate, known as raw cacao, is a superfood! Yes, you read right, a superfood. That means that consuming it is super good for you and your overall health and well being. Raw Cacao is chocolate in its raw, original form before all the processing and sweetening has been done to it.
You can easily find it in powder form or nib form, both of which we offer at The Urban Juicer as organic superfood add-ins to our smoothies. Add either one to your smoothie to turn it into a delicious, guilt free chocolate treat. For example, have you tried the chocolate version of the Liquid Lunch, our PB and banana smoothie? It’s to die for!
Now let’s talk about why raw cacao is so good for you. Raw cacao is the highest natural source of multiple necessary, very important nutrients. It’s truly amazing how much Raw Cacao is a one stop powerhouse of nutrients. It is the top natural source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, serotonin, tryptophan, copper, vitamin C, and many many other great things, in case those I listed aren’t enough for you.
I was actually shocked to learn that raw cacao powder has a higher concentration of antioxidants than any other food in the world. According to superfood expert David Wolfe, raw cacao even has a higher concentration of antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates, and goji berries combined! Wow, that’s amazing! Raw cacao covered goji berries anyone?
Magnesium is a great alkaline mineral that supports the cardiovascular system and brain. It also relaxes muscles, including menstrual cramping. Ladies of the world feel free to rejoice now that you know that eating raw cacao (not your typical chocolate bar) when mother nature is getting you down is actually really good for you and will make you feel better. Magnesium also increases flexibility, helps build strong bones, and, being an alkaline mineral, increases your body’s alkalinity.
Raw cacao contains 314 percent of the recommended daily dose of iron, a critical mineral to our nutrition. It keeps our blood healthy and fights against anemia. Iron is essential to both sexes, but getting extra iron in our diet is especially important to us women, again thanks to that “gift” mother nature brings us each month. During menstruation, we lose a lot of our body’s iron, so during that time especially we need to get extra iron in our diet. What better (and more fun) way than by eating some raw chocolate?
Tryptophan is found in significant quantities in raw cacao. Tryptophan is a powerful mood enhancing nutrient that is critical for the production of the also mood enhancing serotonin, which is abundant in raw cacao as well. When tryptophan is cooked it is damaged or destroyed, explaining why most people are deficient. Serotonin is our primary neurotransmitter. It diminishes anxiety and improves our ability to handle both physical and mental stress. A lot less people would be depressed if serotonin levels were higher in the average person. So in other words, a lot less people would be depressed if they ate some raw cacao. A much cheaper and yummier solution to depression than some dangerous pill huh?
So yeah, raw cacao is awesome, and I didn’t even break the surface on its vast number of health benefits. I don’t know about you, but I think this is some of the best news I’ve gotten in a long time. Not only is chocolate not bad for you, but it’s amazingly good for you! Let me reiterate though, that that rule only applies to raw cacao/raw chocolate (same thing). That does not mean it’s good for you to run down to the closest gas station and buy a typical chocolate bar. That is still bad, sorry. Just wait until you try a raw cacao bar though. You’ll never even want a gas station chocolate bar ever again. Trust me. Now excuse me while I go celebrate with a delicious, guilt free organic raw cacao bar….