We all love chocolate, right? But what is cacao, and what does it have to do with chocolate? Excellent question! Yup, we all love the ghirardelli chocolate…but when it says 70% raw cacao…what does that mean?
Cacao is what makes chocolate after is has been processed. Cacao comes from the cacao tree that produces the cacao bean. So basically, cacao is the unprocessed “bean” used to make cocoa. In its natural state raw cacao can offer many health benefits.
You can find raw cacao in more ways than one…such as: whole beans, powder or nibs. The benefits of raw cacao are actually quite numerous. Check'em out below:
Antioxidants – raw cacao is one of the ones found on the list of “Foods Highest in Antioxidants”. Unlike processed chocolate, antioxidants are preserved in raw cacao. The human body needs antioxidants; because, these substances help to neutralize free radicals keeping them from damaging the body’s cells.
Magnesium – cacao is said to be one of the highest whole food sources of magnesium, which is a very important mineral. As most people know, magnesium helps to relax muscles, but it also promotes healthy bowel movements as well as supporting the cardiovascular system.
High Mineral Content – aside from magnesium, cacao contains potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron and zinc – all of which are essential for the healthy functions of a healthy body.
High Vitamin Content – cacao contains vitamins A, B, C, D and E…right on through the alphabet! Vitamin A helps to keep your eyes and skin healthy. Vitamin B is the energy vitamin. Vitamin C helps promote a strong immune system. Vitamin D is another immune system vitamin (helps to keep it healthy). Vitamin E is essential for healthy hair, skin, organs and fingernails!
Oh yes! Raw chocolate smoothies are hard to beat! These smoothie recipes can be tweaked to fit your personal taste buds.
You can name the texture: rich, creamy, icy, but the flavor will be out of this world…delicious! Check out our smoothie recipes below!
Raw Chocolate Smoothie Recipes
Like with any superfood…there is going to be hype, but take it with a grain of salt! Yes, it might be good for you, but always remember “moderation is the key”! Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, keep good proportions.
Yes, raw cacao is healthy, but like with anything, take the recommended serving size for you, and enjoy the health benefits it has to offer!