Cacao. This stuff is fabulous. While the powder is delicious and satisfies all my chocolate needs, it also packs a pretty serious punch of healthfulness! Consuming cacao can…
…Protect against diseases!
Cacao boasts 4 times the amount of antioxidants than those found in green tea or blueberries. In case you didn’t know, antioxidants are what give human bodies the ability to slow down or even prevent the oxidation of molecules. This is important because molecular oxidation releases free radicals, or cellular byproduct, that can wreak havoc on the cellular structures of the body. By consuming more antioxidants, one can protect themselves against the negative effects of oxidative damage, such as muscle and tissue degeneration, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
…Restore A Macro-nutrient!
Like fats and carbohydrates, protein is considered a macro-nutrient. This means that the body needs fairly large amounts of it in order to function at its healthiest. But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply. That’s why we need so much of it! Cacao has protein in spades, with 8 grams per 1 once of powdered cacao.
…Keep Your Bowel Movements Regular!!!
It contains the highest amount of magnesium found in any whole food source .Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves peristalsis in the bowels, and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system! When I take magnesium, I notice an immediate change in my bowel movements. Magnesium, from personal experience, has worked as a gentle and natural laxative option. By consuming cacao, you can help your body;s process of elimination!
…Help You Lose Weight!!!
Cacao has high amounts of chromium, which helps move sugar from the bloodstream and into cells where it can be used as energy.
Cacao contains theobromine, which kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay!
Thats all I have to say about cacao for right now, but you should really go try some. I high recommend trying it in hot chocolate form! For my recipe, see https://tinykitchenette.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/the-making-of-hot-cacao/