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Cacao

The History of Cacao

Raw cacao is the “unprocessed” form of what most people know of as modern day popular chocolate; and it is pronounced “CA-cow.” Unless the label reads “raw cacao”–it is the “processed” version of this ancient medicinal superfood and the beneficial properties have all been removed by the processing. In fact–processed chocolate is not at all a health food–rather it is detrimental to good health and should be avoided by anyone who is trying to achieve optimal wellness.

cacao pod in treeNot only is raw cacao extremely nutritious–it tastes much better than any processed chocolate having a much richer taste. Raw cacao has long been known to have an emotional effect on those who eat it. It has a powerful “energetic” quality which seems to attract people to it like a magnet. The human heart and mind seem to be drawn to this ancient bean–just as much as the flavor seeking tongue… This is no coincidence, as raw cacao has a marked physiological effect on feelings…

Ancient cultures knew this and revered the cacao bean for it’s many “magical” properties associated with human emotions. This is also why lover’s often give the gift of chocolate to one another. Raw cacao profoundly effects the brain chemistry due to it’s array of different compounds that evoke feelings of love, bliss and joy.

In ancient Mexico, cacao beans were highly valuable and were once used as currency instead of gold coins.

Ancient Aztecs called cacao “yollotleztli,” which means “heart blood” as they intuitively knew that cacao supported the heart. This wild and exotic superfood is believed to return us to a natural state of “feeling”–as opposed to “thinking.” In ancient Mexico, cacao beans were highly valuable and were once used as currency instead of gold coins.

Dutch chemist Coenraad Van Houten patented the now famous dutch chocolate processing of raw chocolate which still exists today, separating much the fat out of the cacao bean and leaving behind the cacao powder. Van Houton’s invention made it possible to develop large-scale manufacturing and distribution of cheap chocolate in powdered form.

This ancient health food was further corrupted when the European market introduced refined cane sugar to chocolate. This process led to demineralization by leaching minerals out of the body; contributing to metabolic disorders associated with blood sugar imbalances; dehydration and addiction.

It has long been believed that cacao is a medicinal food that targets the heart both emotionally and physiologically–today modern science is now able to prove that this is true.

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HEALTH BENEFITS:

1. Antioxidants
2. Minerals
3. Immune Support
4. Healthy Fat
5. Mood Lifting

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Additional Reading

CHOCOLATE, A HEALTHY FOOD FROM HEART TO MIND:http://www.survivalmonkey.com/threads/health-benefits-of-raw-cacao.19585/

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW CACAO: Survival Monkey: http://www.survivalmonkey.com/threads/health-benefits-of-raw-cacao.19585/

 CACAO AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH: American Heart Association http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/119/10/1433.full

 ANTIOXIDANT BENEFITS OF CACAO: San Francisco Chronical:http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/antioxidant-benefits-raw-cacao-3990.html

 HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW CACAO: Cacao Research Center http://sta.uwi.edu/cru/Healthbenefits.asp

IS CACAO REALLY BETTER FOR YOU? Organic Authority: http://www.organicauthority.com/health/is-raw-chocolate-really-better-for-your-health.html

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