Raw Chocolate: The Healthy News
Cocoa beans are nuts that comes from the fruit of the cacao tree which grows in tropical rainforests in South America, Africa, and Malaysia. The official scientific name of the cocoa tree is Theobroma Cacao. “Theobroma” is Latin for “food of the Gods”.
The main producers and exporters of cacao beans are the West African countries of Cote d’Ivoire or “Ivory Coast” (40%); Ghana (15%), Indonesia also produces about 15%. Brazil, Nigeria, and Cameroon also grow cacao in lesser quantities.
The cacao pods take five to six months to ripen. In the typical cacao plantation, the growers harvest the pods from the cacao tree at the time of perfect ripeness, then remove the cacao beans from the pods (about 45 beans per pod) by cutting the pods open with a machete knife.
The beans are then covered with banana leaves and left for about five days to ferment, which reduces the bitterness and develops an enhanced chocolate flavor. When they have reached the proper level of fermentation, the beans are then left to dry in the sun, where the brown color and the chocolate flavor intensifies
Now for some amazing facts about the Raw Cacao:
- Richest source of anti-oxidant on earth! By weight, raw cacao has more antioxidants than red wine, blue berries, acai, pomegranates and gogi berries combined. Raw cacao has 540% more antioxidant power.
- Over 300 compounds of minerals: sulphur (“beauty” mineral, helps build strong nails and hair, promotes healthy and beautiful skin, helps detoxify the liver, and supports healthy functioning of the pancreas), calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, and manganese, Vitamin C, plus some of the B Vitamins. Cocao also appears to have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rich in magnesium, it’s good for your heart! Cacao seems to be the number one source of magnesium of any food! Magnesium is one of the great alkaline minerals. It helps to support the heart, brain, and digestive system also important for building strong bones.
- Food for your brain- Increasing focus and alertness. Phenylethylamine (PEA) helps promote mental alertness and the ability to concentrate. The PEA in our chocolate can be of help to students taking tests, and to senior citizens who want to retain the mental capacity of a younger person and postpone the onset of dementia.
- Awakens the Love chemical (PEA) found in abundance in cacao. PEA is the chemical that we produce in our bodies when we fall in love. This is likely one of the main reasons why love and chocolate have such a deep connection.
- Helps with weight loss – Because it has appetite-suppressant properties, cocao is often added to weight loss products to help control hunger.
- Anti-depressant, Cacao brings instant comfort and acts as a mild anti-depressant by increasing our serotonin and endorphin levels. Cacao helps stimulate the production of “pleasure nuerotrasmitters”, the chemicals in your brain that also get released during pleasurable experiences from intimacy to laughter with friends. These pleasure chemicals (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine) also act as anti-depressants for the mind.
- Natural aphrodisiac – The ancient Mayans used dark chocolate for fertility as well as for hightened pleasure during intimacy . The Aztecs also revered dark chocolate for its powers of erotic stimulation… yum!
By Dori Kutai
These are the health benefits that Kutai Raw Chocolate is dedicated to.
For more information on Kutai Raw Chocolate, visit www.kutairawchocolate.co.za, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dori on 076 109 5177. You can also visit them at the Bryanston Organic Market every Saturday and Sunday.