Crazy Addictive Cacao


December 5, 2012

Care of Laura Wright

Cacao powder (the more minimally processed version of cocoa powder) is a magical ingredient. It makes people crazy, makes them fall in love and most notably, it makes them crave chocolate non-stop. It comes from the tropical plant theobroma cacao (translates to “food of the gods”), which produces large oval pods with all of the sticky cacao goodness inside. It’s important to seek out the minimally processed cacao powder if you wish to reap all the healthy benefits. Aside from being dark, mysterious, complex and delicious, it has a lot going for it nutritionally.

It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals: Cacao is one of the best sources of magnesium found in nature! It also has notable amounts of calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulfur and potassium.

It’s a potent antioxidant: In its minimally processed form, cacao contains more antioxidant flavonoids than blueberries, red wine, goji berries and green tea. That’s a whole lot of free radical absorption going on.

It can make you pretty amorous: cacao stimulates high levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that help with regulating mood and helping you feel the good vibes.

If you ask me, working more chocolate into the morning is the stuff of champions. Breakfast is a pretty romantic meal too. Maybe not as showy and sparkly as a fine dining dinner excursion, but there’s a degree of comfort involved in the routine of it. It’s more casual and it sets the tone for the day. I’d say starting off on a chocolatey and indulgent note for Valentine’s day, or any day for that matter, is pretty ideal. Who wouldn’t love you for that?

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