Cacao helps boost your mood because it is high in tryptophan. Tryptophan increases serotonin levels in the brain, which is our hormone that makes us happy. Cacao is the raw superfood behind all things chocolate. Originally, cacao was worshiped as a sacred food. Modern science has now confirmed it is the most nutritionally complex food on the planet.
Cacao Nutritional News
Apparently, cacao powder has 360% more antioxidants than regular cocoa. It has an antioxidant (ORAC) score of 95,500. To put that into perspective, that’s 21 times more antioxidant flavonoids than green tea. Raw cacao is a great source of beta-carotene, amino acids (protein), vitamin C, Omega-3 EFA’s, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulphur, potassium, and one of the best food sources of muscle relaxing, stress relieving magnesium. Now you know why many of us girls crave chocolate every month. Cacao has other naturally occurring phytochemicals like theobromine (considered an aphrodisiac), phenylethylamine (PEA – released when we fall in love), and anandamide (the ‘bliss’ chemical). Cacao is great for our immunity and may help lower blood pressure and support our cardiovascular system. It is a great source of fibre. Most noteworthy, it helps to keep blood sugar balanced.
I love using cacao to make bliss bars, smoothies, cookies, muffins, milkshakes, hot chocolate, desserts, sauces, truffles or sprinkled on coffee. How do you use cacao?
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