Most of us don’t need a reason to eat more chocolate. But wouldn’t it be so much better to enjoy it without restraint… without packing on the pounds? Enter raw cacao.
Raw cacao is an impressive superfood, known for its nutrient density, amazing antioxidant content, and most notably- as the precursor to chocolate. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven to be the world’s most nutritionally complex food!
BUT before you start using cacao’s health-boosting properties as an excuse to binge on candy bars, bear in mind that once cacao has taken this form, it's been heavily processed and the nutrients diminished. Processed chocolate is typically laden with dairy, sugar, and sometimes even health-damaging hydrogenated oils.
On the other hand, before it’s transformed into the treat we all know and love, raw cacao is one of the best superfoods to incorporate into your regular diet! Here are 5 reasons to love (and make a habit of eating) this rawsome superfood…
1. It’s mood-boosting!
Just a small serving of raw cacao triggers the brain to release feel-good endorphins and increases blood flow to the brain. It doses you with naturally occurring mood-enhancing compounds that have been shown to improve focus, mood, and energy.
With regular consumption, cacao can benefit cognitive function, memory, and reduce stress hormones!
2. High antioxidant content
Raw cacao is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world! The antioxidants found in cacao provide protection against the damaging effects of free radicals, helping to ward off signs of aging to keep you looking and feeling youthful.
3. Rich in magnesium
Cacao is an especially mineral-rich food, with high amounts of iron, copper, manganese, and zinc. It’s an excellent source of magnesium, a mineral that is essential to most of the body’s important biological processes. Insignificant magnesium in your diet can make you feel fatigued, cranky, weak, and cause muscle spasms and digestive issues.
Unfortunately, it’s estimated that up to 50% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Get more cacao into your life and load your body up with the magnesium it needs!
4. Um…. it’s chocolate, need I say more?
Okay, I’ll say more. You don’t need dairy and sugar to make cacao into a delicious treat! That's why (see #5).....
5. ...It’s our newest protein smoothie flavor! :)
We’re so excited to introduce our brand new Cacao Smoothie!
It’s not just a sweet treat, it’s a source of complete protein from hemp. This delicious plant-based smoothie contains healthy brain-boosting fats and is naturally sweetened with energy-dense dates. Fuel your workout, have it as a snack, for breakfast, for dessert, or whenever your chocolate cravings hit.
Katz, David L, et al. “Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease.” Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 15 Nov. 2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4696435/.