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Chocolate Beyond Chocolates

Chocolate is a superfood!

By now you’ve likely heard that chocolate is good for you. A truer statement would be cacao is excellent for you. There’s a big difference between a chocolate bar and an earthy, bittersweet cacao tonic. Maybe you’ve heard the darker the better when it comes to the health benefits, but that’s still only half of the truth.

The truth is, the chocolate we think about when mentioned is usually filled with refined sugar and has been processed with hydrogenated oils with most of the benefits cooked away in the process.

When we talk cacao, we’re talking raw, unprocessed, ‘chocolate’. Chocolate starts as a tree that produces pods which contain seeds (or beans) that offer a range of health benefits. Full of (good!) fat and antioxidants, cacao beans can be used in a host of different ways. Below we list common forms:

Cacao contains:

What does all of that goodness do for our bodies?

With all of this goodness, there has to be some side effects, right? Partially.

Cacao contains caffeine at a fraction of what a normal cup of coffee yields. This can still be problematic for sensitive individuals. Cacao also contains a compound called theobromine which stimulates our nervous system and can cause feelings of restlessness. It is important to keep in mind that although the levels of good compounds in cacao are off the charts, balance is key to maintaining our equilibrium. Where as you could comfortably eat 100 grams of blueberries (about 1 cup), eating 100 grams of cacao would be detrimental to your health, specifically your nervous system.

That being said, try replacing your morning cup of jo with a cup of hot cocoa. Add a tablespoon of cacao powder to your smoothie. Mix some cacao nibs into your trail mix. Eat an organic, low sugar, dark chocolate bar. Keep your consumption sensible and shortly you will notice the benefits of adding this powerful superfood to your diet.

Come and discover our cacao creations at Pure Juice!

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