Cacao – a superfood worth celebrating on World Chocolate Day!

Historically referred to as the “food of the Gods”, it’s no coincidence that we’re singing cacao’s praises today, on World Chocolate Day. We all know chocolate is delicious but when it comes to the superfood qualities of chocolate we must give thanks to the mighty cacao bean… that’s what we’re really talking about.

Reasons to eat celebrate cacao:

  1. Bursting with antioxidants

Raw organic cacao has 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries! Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that protect our cells against free radicals that can cause cellular damage and disease.

  1. Improves heart health

Cacao is rich in plant flavonoids called flavanols. Flavanols work similarly to antioxidants in that they help repair cellular damage, and they also improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow to the heart and brain.

  1. Magnesium-rich food

Magnesium is an essential mineral required for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body and aids in maintaining a healthy immune system, normal nerve and muscle function, a regular heartbeat, strong bones and the production of energy from food.

  1. Makes you feel good

When we consume cacao, our brain releases neurotransmitters giving us a natural high. Phenylethylamine (PEA) is a chemical compound our body releases naturally when we’re in love or excited and can be supplemented to treat depression. It is also one of the many feel-good chemicals cacao produces in our bodies when we eat chocolate!

  1. Improves gut health

Cacao is a high-fibre food and has the potential to not only make you feel fuller, but also keep your gut healthy and bowel movements regular!

  1. Makes you look good

The antioxidants found in cacao may also prevent wrinkles and protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays from the sun. Substances found in cacao promote healthy looking skin by increasing blood flow, improving skin density and hydration.

  1. Potential to fight cancer

Whilst the results are only suggestive…  researchers have investigated dark chocolate’s role in preventing the growth of cancer cells in the body, due to its rich supply of flavonoids. Suggestive is enough for us…

Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Rich Chocolate utilizes cacao powder due to its many health benefits as we’ve discussed above. Try our nourishing cacao protein latte today!

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 serve (2 scoops) Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Rich Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut butter
  • 300ml plant milk of choice (rice, almond, coconut, soy)
  • 50ml water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

  • Add your milk, water and coconut butter to a small pot and stir them slowly over a very low heat – making sure it doesn’t come to a boil
  • When very hot, add your protein and cinnamon and whisk into the milk until smooth
  • Pour into a tall mug and sprinkle a little extra cinnamon or cacao powder on top to serve

This article written by

Eleanor Good

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