Chocolate Has Always Been The Key…
The key to what exactly? To literally EVERYTHING if you ask me.
So, whether you want to:
- Lose fat.
- Build muscle.
- Live longer.
- Have more energy.
- Reduce your cravings.
- Have less stress.
- Simply satisfy your sweet tooth.
Then eating real chocolate might just be the solution.
Not so fast though, before you get too excited here and indulge in Hershey chocolate bars and M & M’s let me tell you the kind of chocolate that offers all these great benefits. I’m referring to raw organic CACAO. Notice the difference in the spelling? This is not cocoa.
While many use these terms interchangeably, they ARE NOT the same. You see, the main difference lies in the processing. Cococa has been roasted and often highly processed while raw cacao is unprocessed and retains all the nutrients our ancestors loved so much.
In fact, the Incas considered it “The Drink Of The Gods”. Why? Because raw cacao offers incredible powerful benefits for the entire body that no other food does. This is what real chocolate is, and the results I’ve had with it have left me in awe. Therefore, I want you to experience the same.
Ever since I discovered this amazing Superfood it has become a daily staple of mine (never go a day without it). Personally, I consume roughly 56g of raw organic cacao daily. This is by no means a standard or something you should do. However, eating chocolate and getting results DO align.
The real power of real chocolate likes in its nutrient profile. It is high in magnesium, iron, fiber, healthy fats, as well as a TON of bioactive compounds. Can you say chocolate, please? On top of that, its high flavonoid content makes it a potent antioxidant.
There are so many key points and positives from implementing raw organic cacao into your daily regiment that this article would bore you to death. So I promise to keep it short, fun, and cover all major benefits so that you can walk away with all the tools you need to try it for yourself.
Plus, you should never think twice or feel guilty in any way for having chocolate. It is part of us, is who we are. We love chocolate and there should be no reason why we should ever restrict it from our diet. You’d be surprised to know that eating chocolate boosts your fat-loss, not the opposite!
So keep reading because if you are looking for really good reasons to eat more chocolate you’ll love this…
1. Antioxidant King (#1 Food)
Love blueberries? So do I. They’re known as a wonder food and have really high amounts of antioxidants. But, they don’t even come close to raw organic cacao. Its got 40X the amount of antioxidants being ranked way above green tea, black tea, red wine, and cocoa on the ORAC scale.
These Polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao protect your cells from premature oxidation and keep you looking younger for longer. So in short, chocolate reduces premature aging and promotes beauty from within!
*Interesting Fact: The world’s oldest woman to have ever lived (documented) lived to be 122. She ate 2.5 pounds of bitter dark chocolate per week! Coincidence? I don’t think so.
2. Helps You Lose Fat & Increase Metabolism
Yes! You heard that right. Besides being a low-calorie, high-nutrient Superfood raw cacao can actually help you lose weight. Turns out that regular consumption dramatically improves your insulin sensitivity and sugar levels. Say goodbye to sugar crashes and rollercoasters.
Secondly, due to its anti-obesity properties, raw organic cacao inhibits digestive enzymes responsible for promoting fat-storage. Can it get better than that? Eating real chocolate and losing fat while speeding up your metabolism? Definitely possible and definitely real scientific truth.
A study was done to analyze cacao’s theobromine content and its relationship to weight loss. The results were incredible…
According to one summary article, dietary supplementation with cacao flavanols significantly reduced weight and fat gain, obesity-associated inflammation, fasting blood glucose levels and glucose intolerance.
3. Gives You Natural Energy & Makes You Happy
Want to boost your energy naturally without the chemicals or added stimulants? Now you can! This powerful mineral-rich Amazonian food does exactly that. With one of the highest concentrations of magnesium found in natural food sources, raw organic cacao provides you with long-lasting energy.
Once you begin taking it you’ll feel like you can accomplish anything without having that jittery or overstimulating feeling of energy drinks. No more fatigue or 2:30 pm feeling at work any longer. Adding just 2tbsp of cacao powder will provide you with 14% daily value of magnesium!
Also, for those days where you’re just not feeling it and need to find your bliss – cacao is your go to. It contains four scientifically proven “happy” chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine, and PEA. These are all neurotransmitters responsible for happiness and wellbeing.
Now, you can get your happy buzz on the most delicious and healthy way!
4. Reduces Cravings & Stress
This sounds ridiculous and outrageous, I know. How could eating chocolate reduce cravings? Because you’re eating REAL chocolate! That means more cocoa and less sugar. This is what separates the Hershey bar from the real food of the Gods. Here, you must turn to the “Dark Side” of the force.
The darker the chocolate the better. The darker it is the less processed and more nutrient rich. That means no sugar filled Snickers bar that will put you in the front seat of an insulin rollercoaster leaving you craving another one soon after. Everything lies in its power to control the hunger hormone.
Raw organic cacao’s less sweet flavor and slightly bitter taste slow down the rate at which your stomach empties by 30%. Slower digestion means less sugar absorption into your blood. More energy equals more calories out, and fewer calories in caused by hunger cravings.
The main reason our society experiences “cravings” is mainly due to quick sugar spikes done frequently. More sugar always equals more cravings. The trick is to adapt our bodies little by little to rely less and less on sugar. Over time, you’ll see energy soar and cravings vanish.
On top of that, besides the fact that raw cacao is packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals it is a powerful stress reliever. It contains really high levels of valeric acid and magnesium both of which are crucial for promoting calming effects for the body.
As if that’s not enough for ya, real chocolate also contains serotonin (improves mood and decreases stress), anandamide (a chemical that produces a feeling of euphoria or happiness), and theobromine (a mild stimulant sometimes used to treat depression). Chocolate anyone?
5. Supports Lean Muscle & Bones
Healthy bones are the main foundation for a strong body. If I were to ask you where you get your calcium from you’d probably say something like milk or cheese right? Well, cacao has more calcium than milk! Yup, 160mg vs 100mg. Time to ditch the dairy and get on the bitter side.
If that’s not all I got one more reason to love raw organic cacao. That reason is muscle building. Could real chocolate be the spark you need to create new muscle gains? Definitely. The true magic lies on Epicatechin which is naturally found in this king of antioxidants.
Apart from reducing stroke, cancer, and diabetes Epicatechin enhances blood flow and nitric oxide production. This will provide your muscles and organs with increased oxygenation and better overall performance to have a killer workout.
With a killer workout, comes damage to your muscle tissue and that’s where cacao comes in by helping damaged cells recover after a strenuous high-intensity session. Not only that, but recent studies have proven cacao’s potent power to increase endurance in athletes.
And, if muscle building is your primary goal and you want to do it in a natural way guess what you should consume more often? Real chocolate! Epicatechin’s power to reduce Myostatin make it a favorite among bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. Less myostatin equals more room for muscle growth.
Ultimately, the regular consumption of raw organic cacao increases glucose removal and insulin sensitivity, thereby, resulting in faster recovery and efficient muscle growth.
Make It Part Of Your Diet Easily!
One of the most frequent questions I get is, “How can I add this to my diet?”. The answer is simple, you can add it to anything (literally). There are endless possible delicious chocolatey combinations you can make but here are a few ideas:
- Smoothies (add 1-2 tbsp)
- Sprinkle over fruit
- Make hot/cold cocoa (mix cacao with non-dairy milk)
- Eat dark chocolate or cacao nibs (70% dark or higher)
Hopefully, by now you know why this has been known for centuries as the “Drink Of The Gods”. Cacao’s benefits cannot be compared to any other superfood on the planet. Drinking this on a daily basis has truly changed my life in ways I could have never imagined.
Thanks to raw organic cacao I’m happier, less stressed, experience fewer cravings, have constant energy levels, and look younger than ever. As I write my final words zipping my daily dose of this Amazonian superfood I cannot help but think the wonders it can do for you.
Remember as with anything moderation and balance is key. Begin implementing this superfood slowly into your lifestyle and assess your tolerance to it. If you are just starting out begin with small dosages and/or lower percentage of cacao and work your way up. I guarantee you won’t regret it!
So now let me ask you…
Are you ready to eat real chocolate and see real results?
How will you incorporate it into your daily routine?
What is your favorite way to enjoy raw cacao?
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