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You've heard about the amazing health benefits of dark chocolate. Study after study is revealing that chocolate is an incredible source of very specific antioxidants that support human health in everything from cardiovascular function to brain function and longevity. It's also loaded with vital minerals‚ healthy fats‚ and mood-boosting phytochemicals.
Possibly one of the world’s most powerful health foods‚ incredibly rich in antioxidants.
Rich in mental-sharpeners: Magnesium and Epicatechin.
Source of natural mood-boosters: Theobromine and Anandamide.
Top source of magnesium‚ which balances brain chemistry‚ is associated with elevated levels of happiness‚ and is crucial for heart and muscle function‚ healthy elimination‚ strong bones.
High in the mineral sulfur; sulfur builds strong nails‚ hair‚ shiny skin‚ detoxifies the liver‚ and supports healthy pancreas functioning.
Contains only a tiny amount of caffeine.
Heart-healthy fat content‚ similar to olive oil.
Since it is processed much less‚ RAW cacao has even more antioxidants than regular dark chocolate. In fact‚ according to the USDA‚ cacao has more antioxidants than red wine‚ blueberries‚ acai‚ pomegranates‚ and goji berries combined! The following comparison shows the unique antioxidant density of RAW cacao compared to roasted cacao and other high antioxidant foods:
ORAC scores of High Antioxidant Foods
1) Raw cocoa powder 95‚500
2) Raw cacao nibs 62‚100
3) Roasted cocoa powder 26‚000
4) Organic Goji Berries 25‚300
5) Acai Berries 18‚500
6) Dark Chocolate 13‚120
7) Milk Chocolate 6‚740
8) Prunes 5‚770
9) Raisins 2‚830
10) Blueberries 2‚400
What kind of antioxidants does cacao contain? It provides a wide variety: polyphenols‚ catechins‚ and epicatechins. The health benefits of these antioxidants are well-studied and range from increasing blood flow to the brain (enhancing brain health and protecting against stroke) to inhibiting cholesterol plaque buildup in the arteries‚ to fighting unfriendly bacteria in the digestive system‚ to fighting the free-radicals produced by everything from smoking to intense exercise.
Epicatechin: Cacao's antioxidants do more than just protect your cells from free-radicals. Epicatechin (an antioxidant also found‚ in lesser quantities‚ in green tea) actually seems to activate the cardiovascular system. Especially when combined with exercise‚ epicatechin seems to trigger the body to form new capillaries that feed muscles and brain tissue while also increasing production of mitochondria‚ the cellular powerhouse. This is all in addition to working to neutralize the free-radicals that build up in the body from chemical stressors such as exercise‚ smoking‚ or the effects of emotional stress. Epicatechin and other antioxidants in cacao are suspected to be the primary factor in the unusual health of the Kuna people of Panama‚ who drink 6 cups of fresh local cacao every day...and live well into old age with far fewer cases of stroke‚ cancer‚ diabetes‚ dementia‚ and heart disease.
Vitamins & Minerals
In addition to its functional antioxidants‚ cacao provides crucial vitamins & minerals for healthy brain‚ bones‚ joints‚ blood‚ and more—particularly magnesium‚ iron‚ zinc‚ manganese‚ and copper.
Magnesium: Cacao may be the richest food source of magnesium on earth. Magnesium is an alkaline mineral necessary for heart and muscle function‚ for arterial relaxation‚ and for proper mental focus. Magnesium balances brain chemistry‚ builds strong bones‚ and has been linked to increased happiness and improved mood—it even relieve constipation. Some research suggests that magnesium and several other nutrients in cacao can smooth out the symptoms of PMS (perhaps explaining the craving for chocolate during a woman's lunar cycle?). Unfortunately‚ more than 80% of Americans suffer from magnesium deficiency!
Iron: Just one ounce of cacao supplies three times the US RDA of iron. Iron is a crucial component of the cardiovascular system‚ allowing red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs to every single cell in the body. Iron is also a crucial component in the body's manufacturing of enzymes and is used as an intracellular energy transporter.
Zinc: Zinc is vital to a healthy immune system‚ liver‚ pancreas‚ and skin‚ and it is crucial in sexual development‚ fertility‚ and cell growth. It is also a central building block in hundreds of enzymes throughout the body.
Manganese: Central to building bone‚ cartilage‚ and connective tissue‚ manganese also helps iron to oxygenate the blood.
Copper: Another blood-building mineral along with manganese and iron. Not only is it antimicrobial‚ copper is also important to digestion and our body's lymph system.
Sulfur: Cacao is rich in sulfur‚ which builds strong nails‚ hair‚ shiny skin‚ detoxifies the liver‚ and supports healthy pancreas function.
Cacao also provides small amounts of vitamin K and vitamin E in their whole‚ untreated form.
In addition to these vital nutrients‚ cacao also supplies a variety of mood-boosting phytochemicals that make it perfect for everything from increasing energy levels to improving overall sense of well-being.
Theobromine: Cacao contains about 1% theobromine by weight. Theobromine is also found in tea‚ and is similar to caffeine‚ but much smoother‚ increasing vasodilation throughout the cardiovascular system. This‚ in combination with the effects of epicatechin‚ can contribute to everything from increased endurance to a greater sense of health or energy. In the actual cacao bean‚ theobromine plays a role as an anti-bacterial shield‚ which is coincidentally effective against Streptococci mutans‚ the bacteria that causes cavities.
Tryptophan: This essential amino acid is the precursor to the important neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin‚ leading to feelings of relaxation after consumption. Since tryptophan often breaks down when heated‚ RAW cacao is likely a much better source of tryptophan.
Anandamide: "Ananda" means bliss‚ and anandamide is the body's own bliss molecule‚ responsible for the infamous "runner's high" (not‚ in fact‚ endorphins). Not only does cacao contain anandamide‚ it also contains an enzyme inhibitor that slows the breakdown of anandamide‚ keeping it flowing through body and brain for much longer—increasing endurance and feelings of well-being.
Phenethylamine: Commonly known as the "love drug‚" Phenethylamine (PEA) is one of many chemicals associated with feelings of love‚ excitement‚ focus and attention (perhaps explaining the connection of chocolate and romance).
Serotonin: Cacao also causes the brain to increase levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin‚ the crucial chemical messenger used by the brain to regulate everything from mood to appetite to sex drive (and is the reason depressed patients are prescribed drugs that preserve serotonin in the brain).
Fatty Acid Content
Saturated fats are often believed to have a negative impact on cardiovascular health‚ but although cacao contains saturated fat‚ it doesn't fit this generalization. Experiments have shown that cacao butter consumption does not increase levels of total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol (Kris-Etherton et al.‚ 1994).
This probably has to do with cacao's unique fatty acid profile‚ which is predominantly stearic acid (34%) and oleic acid (35%). Although Stearic acid is a saturated fat‚ it has been shown to have no impact on levels of blood cholesterol (Kris-Etherton‚ 1997). Oleic acid is the monounsaturated fatty acid that makes olive oil a uniquely heart-healthy vegetable oil. Research has long been clear about the benefits of oleic acid for proper balance of total cholesterol‚ LDL cholesterol‚ and HDL cholesterol in the body‚ but Oleic acid may also be responsible for the hypotensive (blood pressure reducing) effects of olive oil by changing signaling patterns at the cell membrane level. Oleic acid also keeps cell membranes soft and fluid‚ allowing helpful anti- inflammatory substances like omega-3 fatty acid to penetrate the cell membrane more easily. At about 70% of cacao's total fat content‚ the dynamic duo of Oleic and Stearic acids goes a long way to explain the lack of negative cardiovascular effects from consumption of cacao and cacao butter.
At 26%‚ the number three fatty acid in cacao is Palmitic acid‚ a saturated fat. Although some research has created a scare around negative health effects of palmitic acid (comparing it to trans fats for a negative impact on insulin)‚ these studies involved diets based exclusively on palmitic acid‚ without any other fats consumed. A Canadian study (French et all‚ 2002) showed that high consumption of palmitic acid does not raise cholesterol as long as linoleic acid is also being consumed. On the other hand‚ combining palmitic acid with trans-fats definitely had a negative effect on LDL/HDL cholesterol ratios. Coincidentally‚ nature's wisdom has endowed cacao with the perfect balance of both Palmitic and Linoleic acids.
Cacao's combination of potent antioxidants and protective saturated fats helps to protect against spoilage and rancidity. When protected from light‚ air‚ and heat‚ cacao is very stable and can last for several months (about 6 if refrigerated or 3 in your cupboards).
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Serving Size: 6 Tbsp (28g)
Servings per Container: Approximately 14
Amount per Serving / % Daily Value
Calories from Fat 36
Total Fat 4g / 6%
Saturated Fat 1g / 5%
Trans Fat 0g / 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg / 0%
Sodium 2 mg / <1%
Total Carbohydrate 16g / 5%
Dietary Fiber 9g / 36^
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
* Percent Daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
This fine-milled‚ nutrient-rich‚ RAW Cacao powder is perfect in smoothies‚ hot chocolates‚ raw desserts and fudges‚ and manufactured products like energy bars and artisan RAW chocolates.
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Allergy / Dietary Needs
- Gluten Free
- GMO Free
- Raw Diet Friendly
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