“Superfoods” are becoming increasingly available ingredients at grocery stores and are even popping up in pre packaged bars, drinks and baked goods.Cacao: Yes, that is cacao not cocoa. The dried seeds from the South American Evergreen Trees are known for being highly energizing, as well as rich in antioxidants and nutrients including iron, zinc, dietary fiber, calcium, and potassium.
Raw or cold processed cacao is not only outstandingly healthy, but delicious as well. It is calorie sparse and nutrient dense, which makes it an exceptional food. Cacao is a good source of antioxidant flavenoids, which help repair the body from the damaging effects of cancer causing free radicals, while also aiding in healthy circulation, heart rate and blood pressure. The manganese in cacao helps oxygenate the blood, and the magnesium helps balance brain chemistry.
This super food, which is the essence of chocolate, is also known for its ability to make people feel good. Eating cacao in any raw or cold pressed form promotes the release of neurotransmitters and feel good hormones including serotonin, which is known to elevate mood and relieve symptoms of PMS and depression. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, which allow us to naturally gain a feeling of elation and happiness. Nutrients and neurotransmitters aside, raw cacao powder is delicious, and easy to incorporate into your favorite chocolate recipes, smoothies, or shakes.