It is actually the 'cacao' in chocolate that is a major health benefit for the body! Yes chocolate can be considered 'health' food and the earth diet kind of chocolate makes a brilliant snack, protein fix, energy food for the gym, and even MEAL! Yes have chocolate for lunch! Why not when it's just a bunch of nuts, cacao, honey and water...? Eating chocolate this way is raw, whole, nutrient dense (which means you eat more nutrients for less calories) , sugar free, dairy free, soy free, gluten free, lactose free, chemical free, preservative free, hormone free, favourings free and additive free. Make some of your own chocolate once a week and store it in the fridge and freezer for a perfect treat whenever you feel like it! It is rich and absolutely divine! And YOU get to make it as dark and sweet as you like!
One of the main health components of cacao is Theobromine, which is a naturally occurring chemical compound containing basic nitrogen atoms of the cacao plant. Theobromine helps alleviate the symptoms of asthma as it loosens the muscles in the bronchus. It also stimulates the heart to a greater degree and has also been identified as one of the compounds contributing to chocolates reputed role as an aphrodisiac as is it linked to serotonin levels in the brain. When you eat cacao a substantial amount of antioxidants enter the body that reduce the formation of free radicals. In modern medicine, theobromine is used as a vasodilator (a blood vessel widener), a diuretic (urination aid), and heart stimulant. WOW! LOVING CHOCOLATE!
A cacao tree in Brisbane Australia :)
Photo by the beautiful Sarah Mae "The Earth Diet-ee"