Last week, I listened to a TED Talk by David Wolfe on raw chocolate and the amazing benefits and properties of this fruit. His research and findings have really changed how I view chocolate.
Raw chocolate contains many important minerals and nutrients including:
- Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese
- Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
- Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
- Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
The above nutrients have been linked to a number of health benefits:
- Neutralize Free Radicals – High levels of antioxidants protect the body from a build up of free radicals from pollution, cigarette smoke, and sun exposure which can damage healthy body tissue leading to cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Improves Digestion – Cacao may help to keep your bowel movements regular. A 1 oz serving of cacao nibs contains 36% of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber, or 9 grams.
- Enhance Physical & Mental Well-Being – Magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium are important for healthy bones and teeth, sulfur for healthy hair and skin, iron for healthy blood, potassium for kidneys, heart, and adrenal glands.
- Promote Cardiovascular Function – The antioxidant power of flavanoids and essential minerals found in raw cacao can support healthy heart functioning by lowering blood pressure, and in turn lowers your risk for a stroke or heart attack.
- Lower Blood Pressure & Improve Circulation – The fiber and polyphenols work together to control your blood pressure and blood glucose levels.