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