Love Chocolate & Your Health? Hello Raw Chocolate!

Of the greatest sentences ever uttered, “I’d like to give you a pay rise”, “I love you” and “The children are asleep” must rank fairly highly. However, topping the lot is surely “Chocolate is good for you”.

All right, perhaps that’s a little strong; but news that one of our favourite indulgences actually has positive health benefits is great.

Raw cacao, not to be confused for cocoa, is made by cold-pressing raw cacao beans ensuring that no nutrients are lost by heat treating. Unlike cocoa which has been roasted and heavily processed, raw cacao maintains its high nutritional profile making it a superfood loaded with flavonoids and magnesium.

Cacao is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings for chocolate without overloading your system with processed sugar. Load up on this superfood because there are 10 amazing health benefits of consuming raw cacao!

1. Combats Fatigue

 

If you are feeling especially exhausted after getting an adequate night’s rest, there is a chance that your magnesium levels are low. Thankfully, raw cacao is an incredibly delicious source of magnesium.

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2. Improves Mood

Cacao contains anandamide, sometimes referred to as the bliss molecule, which binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain creating a sense of ease and happiness.

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3. Makes your skin glow

Cacao is incredible for vibrant, healthy skin because it contains flavonoids that work to increase blood flow to the skin’s surface. This increased blood flow will promote cell regeneration.

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4. Prevents Premature Ageing

This is due to antioxidants in cacao which protect skin cells from advanced destruction and help this skin feel healthy and youthful for longer!

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5. Combats Tooth Decay

Researchers have been conducting tests that suggest a component in cacao beans called theobromine may be more effective at preventing cavities and protecting against tooth decay than fluoride. This is because these compounds have antibacterial agents.

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6. Improves Digestion

Rich in dietary fiber and magnesium, eating raw cacao on a regular basis will prevent constipation, and overall enhance your digestive health.

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7. Soothes Coughing Fits

A recent UK study performed by the British Lung Foundation discovered that the theobromine found in cacao beans was quite effective at treating persistent coughs.

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8. Improves Cognitive Function

Flavanols get absorbed into the bloodstream when consuming cacao and accumulate in the hippocampus, the region responsible for memory and learning. These flavanols then work to form new neurons, while improving their functionality and protecting them from destruction by free radicals, increasing cognitive abilities.

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9. Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

High cholesterol levels can significantly increase the chances of developing heart disease, but thankfully raw cacao can lower LDL, or bad cholesterol, and raise HDL, the good cholesterol. This is due to the extremely high quantities of antioxidants found in cacao.

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10. Healthy Source Of Fats

When consumed in its purest form, chocolate made from unprocessed cacao beans is an incredible source of healthy fats.

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Credit & Information taken from: 

One Green Planet 

Ombar Chocolate

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