Chocolate. It’s one of the only foods out there that can be loved and hated with equal passion.
Unfortunately, this lovers quarrel mainly stems from total confusion over one simple question: “is chocolate good for you…or not!?”
Because we’ve all heard the reports about dark chocolate, small portions, boosting sex drive, and yada, yada, yada…but it’s such a momentary satisfaction. It just feels like a whole lot of fluff to ease the guilt as we stuff our faces with candy bars during the holidays.
So let’s get one thing clear, straight away: you are NOT going to find healthy properties (or real nutrition) in the form of a Snickers or a Hershey’s bar. There’s too much milk fat, high fructose corn syrup, and other unmentionables weighing it down. Halloween candy is not “good for you”, even the dark chocolate.
I know, boo. 🙁
REAL chocolate, and REAL health comes from indulging in mainly raw, unprocessed chocolate.
What Do You Mean by Raw?
Raw chocolate is uncooked, unheated, minimally processed (or completely unprocessed) cacao.
- CACAO is the term you use for raw chocolate.
- COCOA (which is what mainstream grocery stores sell), is processed chocolate, which has been stripped of vital nutrients your body thrives on.
Why Raw Chocolate is Good for You
The good news is that YES, chocolate is good for you in RAW form. (So for all of you who are sweating it out, RELAX. It only gets better from here.)
In fact, raw chocolate is considered a super food! It’s PACKED with antioxidants (more than blueberries, acai berries, and goji berries combined*), and is thought to be the highest source of magnesium, which is a vital nutrient for optimal health. Cacao also contains plenty of polyphenols, potassium, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, zinc, and iron, making it a great choice for heart health.
And don’t forget, chocolate is a MOOD ENHANCER, so choosing a raw option is setting yourself up for gold stars.
The “catch” then, is that we need to focus primarily on using raw chocolate, if we want to utilize the benefits and reap the real rewards, since unfortunately, many of these nutritional properties are damaged when heated. This is easier than it sounds, since you can purchase cacao at a decent price at most health food stores and even online.
The best part? Not only can you eat chocolate for HEALTH, but you can eat chocolate for PLEASURE. There are hundreds, if not thousands of raw chocolate recipes available online (and I provide a few at the end of this post) that are both delicious and nutritious. It’s certainly a #winwin for any chocolate lover.
And if you’ve signed up for my upcoming Medicinal Chocolate Class, to be released in 2018, you will learn insider info on making QUALITY chocolate treats you can enjoy for your health and happiness!
♥ Attention Choco-holics!! ♥
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Sometimes, we can use vegan chocolate chips or powdered cocoa as a vehicle for other medicinal herbs, but at the end of the day, I want you to know that chocolate that has been heated and processed is being stripped of valuable medicinal properties.
That isn’t to say that it can’t be used on occasion (for our moods) or to help elevate certain recipes (for herbs), but I definitely don’t want you thinking that I’m giving you the green light to shove just ANY kind of chocolate into your mouth hole.
In fact, you have to be picky. We don’t need to abuse her powers.
That being said, making your own chocolate cake for a birthday party (or Wednesday afternoon) is NOT “bad for you”; it’s when those occasional heated chocolate treats become a daily habit that problems start to form.
Yes, chocolate is healthy, but for the real benefits, stick to using mainly raw, unprocessed chocolate, and save the heated chocolate for special occasions or exclusive recipes.
Raw Chocolate Benefits Include:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases blood flow
- Improves brain function
- Boosts mood
- Lowers LDL cholesterol
- Regulates bowel movements
Recipes to try:
I hope this post has helped clear some things up about the benefits of consuming chocolate, so you DON’T have to feel guilty about indulging anymore!
And if you want to learn more about making raw chocolate in your home, make sure to sign up for my Medicinal Chocolate Class, coming in 2018! (sign up form located above.)
Thank you for taking the time for your health and happiness!
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