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“Everything fun/good is either illegal, immoral or fattening!”
How many times have we heard this? Isn’t it demoralizing? —But what if it weren’t true?
Imagine: What if there were a food that were TRULY delicious and healthy at the same time?
What if there was a food that was all natural, incredibly delicious, and at the same time, chock full of anti-oxidants, phytosterols, bioflavanols, minerals, etc?
What if this food were as delicious as chocolate!?!!
The good news is, this is NOT just some fantasy! Taken properly, chocolate, specifically cocoa powder can be one of nature’s finest examples of both high nutrition AND culinary delight!
Just look at some of the wonderful things Natural (un-Dutched) Cocoa Powder containsX:
v Cocoa Powder is naturally high in anti-oxidants.
v Cocoa Powder is one of nature’s most potent sources of valuable bioflavanols.
v Cocoa Powder contains high levels of procyanidins, chains of flavanols linked together.
v Significant, although not complete amounts of Protein, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Selenium.
v Dietary Fiber
v Saturated Fat—However, most of this is in the form of stearic acid, which is beneficial.
v Unsaturated fat—Cocoa also contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat.
Some of the things that Natural Cocoa Powder DOES for you:
v Antioxidants fight free-radical damage which may decrease cancer risk and improve the aging process
v Dialates blood vessels
v Reduces Blood clotting
v Improves Circulation
v Helps regulate blood pressure
v Lowers LDL cholesterol
v Reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke
v Raises the level of the neurotransmitter, Serotonin. Serotonin promotes a sense of well-being, reduces PMS symptoms and fights the symptoms of depression.
v Raises endorphin levels, which helps promote a pleasurable sensation similar to the reported “runner’s high.”
v Phenylethylamine—found in chocolate, phenylethylamine is created and released in the brain when we are “in love.”
v Increases Anandamide levels. This promotes relaxation and helps us feel “good” longer.
So, Why does chocolate/cocoa have the reputation as a “junk food?”
Chocolate bars commonly available contain many ingredients which degrade the benefits of Cocoa or interfere with its absorption, such as milk and sugar. Large amounts of sugar have long been known to have detrimental health effects. Recent studies seem to indicate that milk blocks the body from absorbing the beneficial fatty acids and bioflavanols contained within cocoa. This means that if you want the health benefits available from cocoa, you must not only avoid putting milk and milk products IN it, but you must also refrain from taking milk products within an hour or two of taking the cocoa.
The other problem with most commercially available chocolates is that they are Dutched. The “Dutched” chocolates have been treated with alkali compounds to remove cocoa’s natural bitterness. Unfortunately this process also strips cocoa of most of its anti-oxidants and other compounds that cause it to be so healthy in its natural state. Only cocoa that is listed as “Natural” or “un-Dutched” (i.e. hasn’t been treated with alkali compounds) has the full anti-oxidant value. Natural or un-Dutched cocoa has more anti-oxidants, polyphenols, etc. than even Dutched DARK chocolate.
So—How do I obtain this natural, delicious health treat in its fully capacitated state? Well, the answer can be as near as your local grocery store. Most grocery stores carry “Natural” or un-Dutched cocoa powder along with the traditional Dutched cocoa powder. While there are cocoa powder preparations one can buy as a supplement, these are typically much more expensive. You can get the same amount of anti-oxidants, bioflavanols, procyanidins, etc. more cost-effectively by getting grocery store Natural Cocoa Powder and using more of it to get the same amount of the “good stuff.”
Really, to my mind, that is the BEST part of it. How often has the “down-side” of a health issue been as wonderful as having to eat MORE CHOCOLATE?!!
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XCocoa Powder also contains 10.3 mg Caffeine and 92.6 mg Theobromine.
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