Guess what!! Chocolate is good for you!
Well, sort of.
Cacao is good for you and shouldn’t be confused with its processed cousin, cocoa.
How is Cacao different from Cocoa?
Cacao is chocolate in its purest form.
The more popular “cocoa” has been chemically processed and roasted, stripping it of antioxidants and flavanols (magical ingredients that keep you young and healthy). Non-organic cocoa has been heavily treated with toxic pesticides, and has undergone “Dutch processing”, which reduces the bitterness of chocolate, tones down its dark colour, and leaves it with hardly any nutritional value at all.
Raw Organic Fairly Traded, on the other hand, has incredible benefits including:
- Extremely high in antioxidants (40 X more than blueberries!!!)
- High in Magnesium (promotes heart health)
- Great source of iron
- Calcium (even more than cow’s milk)
- Anti-depressant—get ready for a great mood boost
Cacao can be purchased in the form of nibs or fine powder, similar to cocoa powder and is great for baking among other things. Here are some amazing uses for cacao powder:
Pair it with your favourite nut milk and avocado for a chocolaty treat.
Add it to a mug of hot water or milk, toss in some natural sweetener and you have a delicious, and healthy hot chocolate.
Most health food stores will have some variety of raw organic chocolate so treat yourself.