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A growing number of studies show that chocolate, especially antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, has health benefits that put it squarely on the latest list of superfoods. This sounds fantastic because chocolate is so delicious. But, are you actually eating real chocolate? The disappointing answer is most likely not.
You ought to know that the numerous scientific studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits are not referring to your average store-bought chocolate bar, they are referring to the cacao content – which should ideally be as high as possible.
What Is The Difference Between Cocoa And Cacao?
Cocoa is processed cacao that has been roasted at high temperatures, whereas cacao is simply pure, raw cacao beans. Cacao requires minimal processing and preserves all the antioxidants and other beneficial phytonutrients, while roasting at high temperatures destroys them in cocoa.
Even the top quality cocoa brands, such as Rapunzel 100% Pure Organic Cocoa Powder – while being an excellent product, are roasted.
Commercial chocolate is often worse: During the chocolate manufacturing process, cocoa butter is often mixed with other vegetable oils to make it “go further”. This is a cheaper way of producing chocolate but the problem is the final product is something less than “real chocolate”. Many brands also contain high sugar levels or high fructose corn syrup and use soy lecithin as an emulsifier.
The easiest way to tell whether you are getting cacao or cocoa? Look for the word RAW on the packaging! And then check the rest of the ingredients.
How To Make Your Own Raw Chocolate!
The good news is you can easily make your own “super chocolate” with only 3 super healthy ingredients… Cacao, coconut oil and honey!
You can also add pure (food grade) peppermint essential oil, coconut flakes, hazelnuts or whatever other healthy ingredients you are in the mood for.
You might also save a lot of money this way. A pound weight of raw cacao is around $10. If you make your own, you’ll be amazed at how much more you can make for the same money as the “fancy” raw chocolate brands that you might see for example in Whole Foods Market. Not that we have anything against these products… we just think they are way overpriced.
Check out this awesome Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder (tons of 5 star reviews!) on Amazon.
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Can you guess which muscle in your body is the #1 muscle that eliminates joint and back pain, anxiety and looking fat?
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If this "hidden" most powerful primal muscle is healthy, we are healthy.
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