What’s in Your Chocolate?…Cacao!

Have you ever heard the words “cacao” or “chocolate” and shuddered? Your first thought

is about the sugar content and what it could do to your waist line. It`s ok, we have all been there,

but it`s time to remember the positive about cacao and how this sweet snack in moderation helps

Before we can reap the benefits of the cacao the Theobroma tree (meaning food of the

gods) is planted. It takes five years for the tree to produce its first cacao pod, a.k.a the fruit, with

another five months for the pod to grow. Each mature pod will have between 40-50 cacao beans.

Cacao has been used as a stimulant and anti-depressant. Both serotonin and phenyl

ethylamine, compounds found in cacao that aid in the mood leveling process. The antioxidants

found in cacao prevents changes in the platelets reducing blood clots, helping in the decrease of

inflammation, and prevents plaque formation in the body. In this way, they protect your

cardiovascular system. Antioxidants also help stabilize and destroy “free radicals” in your body

aiding in some cancer prevention.

Cacao contains minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc and Vitamins A, B,

C, and E. There is a small amount of caffeine and dietary fiber (soluble and unsalable) found

Cacao in moderation is good for everyone, even including diabetics. Cacao powder

doesn’t raise triglyceride levels in the blood making cacao an option for a sweet additive for the

Real cacao taste a little bitter, but is extremely rich. Only a little cacao is needed for the

immense satisfaction it brings you. So to satisfy your health and your taste buds, your first stop is

Asana Foods, and try the chocolate sauce. We are happy to share!

By Adrian Adams

Aug 12, 2015 | in Health & Wellness | 1 comment

Comments (One Response)

  1. Ron says:

    So what is the PH of Cacao? Chocolate is super acid forming.

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