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The benefits of eating cacao


benefits of eating cacao

Have you ever thought about the many benefits of eating cacao? In essence, cacao is the raw material for one of the world's finest foods: chocolate. As you may know, chocolate is full of nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants that are considered highly beneficial to the human body, but it has a problem: sugar.

Cacao is better than even dark chocolate since it is unprocessed and therefore does not contain the added sugars of chocolate. Cacao is truly a miracle food that should be in every pantry.

What this superfood can do for you

The scientic name for cacao is Theobroma cacao (Theobroma meaning "food of the Gods"), and it has been used for over 3000 years in Mesoamerica. It is high in magnesium, sulfur, and phenylethylamine, which can help to keep you focused and alert.

Its antioxidants and trace minerals are beneficial for:

In addition, chewing raw cacao is great for the teeth due to its antibacterial properties.

Types of cacao

It's important to know just what type of cacao you are buying, so read the cacao labels carefully:

Note: The addition of dairy to any cacao product inhibits antioxidant absorption. If you are using cacao as a mix-in for your recipe, switch out any cow's milk products for a non-dairy substitute.

How much cacao per day?

Generally you don't need much if you are treating it as a medication. While you can ingest up to 3 tablespoons of nibs per day short-term, like most things it should be used in moderation. I find up to a 1/2 teaspoon of nibs useful for restless legs and other neurological issues, but this isn't a daily occurrence for me.

Note: Cacao is a high-fiber food. Be sure to drink plenty of water when consuming even small amounts.

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