Since ancient times, cacao has been considered a precious food.
According to the Aztec king Montezuma, this drink was reserved for the military and social elite, and he had a sacred and solemn features. Swedish botanist Linnaeus, gave the plant the nameTheobroma cacao L. where “Theobroma” just means “food of the gods.”
Cacao grows on trees of average height 4-8 meters and belongs to the evergreen plant family Sterculiaceae. The origin of this plant is pulled from the tropics of South America, and the fruit is commonly used to make cacao powder and chocolate. The pulp is used to make juice and the fruit produced cacao powder and cacao butter. Each seed contains up to 50% of fat which is cacao butter. The cacao is also theobromine, an ingredient is very similar to caffeine.
Cacao is the first time in Europe arrived in the form of drinks 1519th year.
Health benefits of cacao
Raw cacao beans, chips or powder, it is believed, according to their nutritional properties, one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Therefore, these foods fall into the category of super food.
Cacao has the ability to:
- Protects the body from free radical damage
- Reduces stress and depression
- Protect against heart disease and blood vessels
- Protects against many cancers
- Excellent source of iron
- Regulates blood sugar and cholesterol
- Encourages better memory and concentration
- Reduces the risk of heart attack
- It helps regulate blood pressure
Cacao contains more than 300 chemical substances with positive effects on health. By its composition, cacao is extremely rich in antioxidants, which are responsible for the overall health of the organism. Antioxidants protect your body from disease and from free radicals, which are a major cause of aging. Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants compared to any foods in the world. These antioxidants include polyphenols, catechins, and epicatechin.
Looking at the weight, cacao has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, Acai berries, pomegranate and goji berries together!
- Cacao, due to its composition rich in minerals (especially magnesium) helps fight stress.
- Magnesium is responsible for over 300 processes in the body – from digestion to the heart and brain.
- In its composition, cacao contains catechins, polyphenols, which are believed to protect against heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
- Furthermore, cacao is an excellent source of iron, chromium, manganese, zinc and vitamin C. 28 grams of cacao get even 314% the daily recommended amount of iron.
- According to the results of research conducted at the Australian International Institute for Diabetes, diabetics who consumed cacao regularly had significantly better blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Cacao also contains serotonin and dopamine, a hormone of happiness.
- The cacao bean is rich in omega-6 fatty acids that nourish the brain and help the overall functioning of the organism.
For all of this, add cacao in your daily diet.
Do not trick yourself that eating plain chocolate (as long as it was black) enter your body healthy cacao . Unfortunately in the process of manufacturing chocolate cacao heats up and loses it’s nutritional and medicinal properties.