Chocolate!

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I got your attention didn’t I? Just the word “chocolate” grabs many of us, me included. We exercise regularly, eat nutritious organic foods, and get regular checkups with our doctors in our best efforts to be the healthiest we can. So, when a new supplement comes to the market, we sit up and take notice. It seems every year there is new research stating the health benefits of a new food or product that promises health and longevity like nothing before it. The typical problem with these supplements is that they are hard to get (like berries from Africa). Therefore, manufacturers take the miracle food and put it into pill form, feeding into our pill-popping addictions.

I firmly believe that nature provides everything we need to stay healthy, and if we can get our nutrients from nutritious foods, our bodies will be able to process and utilize those nutrients more effectively. Let me be very clear: If you are sick, you need to see a doctor and take their prescribed medications to help you get well. If you have an allergy or intolerance to certain foods or specific diseases like diabetes, you may need pill form supplementation. But whether you are battling disease and illness or just trying to avoid them, most healthy people can get their nutrients through whole, organic foods with little supplementation other than multi-vitamins.

Cacao was an everyday drink of the kings and peoples of the great Inca, Maya, Olmec, and Aztec civilizations for hundreds of years

When a food is changed in order to add shelf life or transport it to the masses, the health properties of the food also change. This is one of the bigger problems with over-the-counter supplements. You really don’t know if the pill contains enough of the antioxidant from the food to help you.

This brings me to the latest buzz out there. I’ve tried the 80% cacao chocolate bars, and just can’t stomach them. Plus, they are still laden with sugar in efforts to make them somewhat palatable. It’s just not worth the tiny square in my opinion. Since I’m a professed chocoholic, I perked up when I heard about roasted, ground, and brewed cacao beans. Hmmmm…my research began.

I’m going to bore some of you now with a little history, but for my fellow history buffs out there:

Cacao was an everyday drink of the kings and peoples of the great Inca, Maya, Olmec, and Aztec civilizations for hundreds of years, but was changed when the Old World met the New. The incredible health properties of cacao are currently lost in the process of making modern chocolate, but with this revolutionary way of processing the cacao bean, many of the health benefits found in its natural state are preserved, giving you a superior product with sky-high antioxidants, abundant minerals, and healthy energy.

Now for the fun stuff:

This brewed drink is made from 100% organic, pure cacao beans (also known as cocoa beans), roasted to perfection and ground to create a rich drink that provides long-lasting energy and whole-body wellness. Cacao is referred to as a superfood for its fantastic health benefits. And the best part, it tastes like chocolate!

The brewed cacao beans are low in calories and contain no sugar, no dairy, no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol, no gluten, no soy, no caffeine, and no chemicals. Here is list of some of the benefits of incorporating cacao beans into your life.

Oxygenate the blood and maintain healthy blood sugar levels while supporting your heart, digestive system, brain and bones

Cacao has more magnesium that any other food, which supports the heart, aids digestion, balances brain chemistry, and builds strong bones. Over 80% of Americans are chronically magnesium deficient.

The trace mineral manganese found in cacao assists iron to oxygenate the blood and form hemoglobin.

Found naturally in cacao, copper helps build healthy blood. Nearly 80% of Americans are deficient of the trace mineral chromium that helps promote a healthy blood sugar level. In short, cacao can help improve your blood circulation and even reduce blood pressure while protecting against
vascular disease.

Feel great, increase focus, reduce stress and sleep better

An endorphin or “bliss chemical” called anadamide is produced by our body after exercise that makes us feel great. It has also been found in one plant—cacao. Our body produces the chemical phenylethylamine when we fall in love and increases focus and alertness. This natural chemical is also found abundantly in cacao. Cacao contains serotonin, a primary neurotransmitter in the body that helps build a “stress defense shield.” Tryptophan is a natural anti-depressant amino acid contained in cacao that transforms into stress-protective neurotransmitters that enhance relaxation and promote better sleep.

Boost your immune system

Cocoa (or cacao) contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world, including polyphenols, catechins, and epicatechins. There are more antioxidants in an 8 ounce cup of brewed cocoa than a serving of red wine, blueberries, açai, pomegranates, and goji berries combined! Cocoa acts as a super-detoxifier, helping your body rid itself of the toxins that tax your system, keeping you younger, longer

Increase energy naturally

Cocoa beans naturally contain a gentle yet long lasting stimulant called theobromine. This healthy stimulant provides you with an energy lift by dilating the cardiovascular system, making the heart’s job easier, and delivers energy without a crash or the other negative effects of caffeine.

The misconception that chocolate (cacao) contains caffeine is based primarily on confusion between two similar alkaloids: caffeine and theobromine. The two stimulants are related and have similar chemical structures, but possess very different properties, effects and origins. Theobromine is gentle, mild, has a slow onset, is long-lasting and non-addictive whereas caffeine is intense, strong, fast-acting, short-lived, and addictive.

A typical sample of cacao beans will yield anywhere from zero caffeine to 1,000 parts per million of caffeine (less than 1/20th of the caffeine present in coffee). This brewed drink provides long-lasting energy and promotes whole body wellness without the negative effects found in other drinks.

Curb your appetite and lose weight

Compared to soda, fruit juice and other drinks, brewed cocoa has only 20 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per cup with many health benefits

Cocoa is one of the great weight loss foods because within its extraordinary nutrition profile it contains the minerals and molecules that suppress your appetite and increase your metabolism, promoting weight loss and healthy living.

Compared to soda, fruit juice and other drinks, brewed cocoa has only 20 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per cup with many health benefits—an incredible addition to any health and
fitness program.

Safety

It’s safe for kids to drink too. And it won’t have them bouncing off the walls like regular
hot chocolate!

It’s Green

No, not the drink! You can reuse the cocoa grinds after you brew them so nothing is wasted. Toss them in smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, puddings, soups and stews…the recipes are endless. And because it contains no sugar, they work in sweet or savory dishes.

And the best part…it’s only 20 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per cup. And it tastes like hot chocolate! Oh, did I mention that already?

In researching cocoa beans, I was so impressed with the health benefits that I became a distributor before tasting the product. (It’s called Choffy.) I am very pleased with that decision because now I can share an amazing healthy product that truly tastes great with my clients and others. If you would like to set up a tasting or more information on brewed cocoa beans, contact me. I do traveling tasting at your office, gym, or home. Here’s to your health!

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