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What is so special about Raw Cacao?

Have you ever wondered what is so special about raw chocolate?

Isn’t raw chocolate just like regular chocolate? The answer is “No”! Raw Chocolate is a superfood par excellence and its  anti-oxidant quantity far exceeds that of cooked/conventional chocolate

About 8 years ago there was a big stir in the raw food world when Davide Wolfe, a big raw chocolate fan, tried his first raw cacao smoothie. This was in Maui and since David began introducing the world to raw chocolate the world has not been the same.

There is something extra special about Chocolate and if you’ve ever had a raw chocolate fruit you know. There is magic in those chocolate pods. Fresh chocolate beans have a distinct violet color, which is very uncommon in foods. The uncommon nature of chocolate is also reflected in its ultra high anti-oxidant content.

Many years ago when raw chocolate was just hitting the stores, I was working for Nature’s First Law. As part of the early team of raw chocolate pioneers, I conducted a lot of research into the health benefits of this super food. And, one of the most astounding facts I continued to come across was that Chocolate is an Amazing Anti-Oxidant.


Chocolate Anti-Oxidant
Yes, it is true, Chocolate is ranked #1 in anti-oxidant flavoniod compounds. Chocolate has more anti oxidants per capita than any other food! The anti oxidants in chocolate account for up to nearly 10% of its total content. That means chocolate is about 10% anti-oxidant, this is a staggering percentage, something that is rarely encountered in a food. Early on in my research I learned that the milk fats used in making certain chocolate inhibit the anti oxidant capacity of chocolate. This early research I came across was all conducted with regular cooked chocolate. They had yet to discover the powers of chocolate in the raw. The antioxidant compounds found in unprocessed chocolate include heart healthy phenols, of which chocolate seems to have the most.  

Further investigation into the world of chocolate and health reveals what most of you can intuit. That is the less processed chocolate is the better it is for you. So as processing increases health benefits decrease. At the very top of the list would be fresh raw chocolate straight from the jungle, next would be raw chocolate beans and nibs and next on the list would be raw chocolate powder.

 

Chocolate is often associated with love and comes in heart shaped boxes, this interesting correlation pairs well with modern research. Which has noted that the anit-oxidants in chocolate are particularly good for the heart. The compounds in chocolate help to reduced blood pressure and have a positive effect on cholesterol. Now you can enjoy the heart loving benefits of chocolate in its most pure raw form when you choose either the raw nibs or raw cacao powder.

This piece was written and compiled for Zebra Organics by Mark D’Aquila, flower essence practitioner, www.essencealchemy.com

Healthy Living Products

Zebra Organics start with a mission, to offer and share a variety of Healthy Living Products. This includes raw/live foods, all natural body and skin care products and hand picked supplements.  Here is a sample of some of the wonderful variety of hand picked products we specialize in. 

 Sacred Chocolate

One of our specialty products is Sacred Chocolate which is a super raw, stone ground, extremely delicious chocolate shaped like a heart. Twilight Dark Chocolate is slowly stone-ground from bean to bar right in
our custom chocolate factory in San Rafael, California, which was
designed from the ground up to make raw chocolate! Each 1.44oz bar comes
in the shape of a perfect golden spiral heart, symbolic of the fact
that raw cacao is so good for the heart. This delicious Sacred Heart
chocolate bar is hand poured & hand wrapped.

Soignée Anti-Wrinkle

 Soignée Anti-Wrinkle day moisturizer is the ultimate collagen booster,
helping prolong and protect the resilient beauty of youthful skin,
making you look and feel younger. Our anti-wrinkle cream is light,
smooth and so silky! Heal the damage caused by stress, pre-mature aging
and sun damage, all naturally.

Soignée Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream contains ASC III (a plant collagen), MSM
(a natural organic sulfur), Serum C (VC-PMG a highly absorbable form of
vitamin C) and Hydroxyprolisilane-C (a double collagen booster). It
also contains Liposomes, that are microscopic packages that deliver skin
care ingredients into secondary layers of skin.

Apply morning and night and you will begin to see results in as little as 4 weeks.

Ume Plum Vinegar

Try Ume Vinegar for a change, this refreshing ruby red liquid is not truly vinegar, this is the brine
from the pickling of umeboshi plums. Its year-long fermentation process
brings out its fragrant, lively tartness and subtle herbal flavor. Use Oindo Ume Vinegar in place of soy sauce
or seasonings. It’s delightful in soups, salads
or sprinkled on greens.

Ocean’s Alive
Concentrated Marine Phytoplankton

Original Source of EPA & DHA

“Fresh Harvest Captured” concentrated raw superfood requiring no refrigeration.

The nano particulate size of the NEW Nannochloropsis Gaditana strain is
even smaller than previous strains. This means there are a greater
number of of Marine Phytoplankton Cells in Oceans Alive. The product
viscosity is a slightly thinner consistency… for faster absorption.

Oceans Alive clients consistently comment about enhanced brain function,
increased levels of energy, better sleep and whole body strength.
Ocean’s Alive contains the highest quality of this crucial micro algae.

Bliss, Heart and Chocolate

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day, like hand in glove. Truth be told chocolate is magical, I say this because it contains some really interesting compounds not found in other foods. These compounds are referred to as “Bliss chemicals” and rightly so, as they have a strong bio-chemical link to elevated states of consciousness. Chocolate is also extremely dense in antioxidant compounds known as flavonols, chocolate is also a good source for the heart healthy mineral magnesium. Chocolate unites two important factors Pleasure and Health and chocolate does it with so much grace and mystique no wonder it has its own holiday, Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Heart shaped, delicious and full of love, give the gift of Sacred Heart Chocolate to that special someone this year.

Chocolate’s Bliss Chemicals:

Phenylethylanmine(PEA): This interesting compound both stimulates endorphins and potentiates the activity of dopamine, these are both associated with feelings of pleasure. PEA reproduces the feelings of ‘fall in love’, while this may seem fanciful, there is a reason Americans give heaps of chocolate to loved ones on the 14th of February. PEA also assists with enhancing focus and alertness.

Aanadamide: This is a cannabiniod compound and its effects are entirely positive. Ananda in Sanskrit means bliss and this compound is known to elevate mood, decreases depression and contribute to feelings of elation.

Heart Health

Research is now linking the antioxidants in cacao to cardiovascular health.Chocolate is loaded with flavonols special compounds which support heart health by strengthening artery walls, increasing blood flow and improving circulation.* Eating chocolate that has been minimally processed provides the most benefit. Chocolate is also rich in Magnesium an important mineral. 
Chocolate and the Brain:

The flavonols in chocolate also increase blood flow to the brain. So if you are looking for an extra cognitive boost about one ounce of raw dark chocolate can help. By dilating blood vessels oxygen and blood flow is increased to the brain, this increase could come in handy for studying or when are in the middle of a mentally demanding task.
Above and before any of the modern research chocolate has always had an uncommon allure. It is a food rich in myth and symbolism it is a food that borders on mystical, it’s Latin name Theobroma translates to “Food of the Gods”. Without even knowing it, marketers were on to something with the red heart shaped boxes. But, let it be known that not any old chocolate carries such magic. You need to be vigilant in your selection: things to look for Raw and/or Organic, high cocoa content and minimally processed. By purchasing raw, organic chocolate you are assured to receive a truly healthy product.
This Valentine’s Day savour a few ritual bites of chocolate and indulge in the magic. 

*As reported by the Cleavland Clinic.

Golden Bean Raw Chocolate by High Integrity Foods

High Integrity Foods brings you Golden Bean, a sumptuously raw organic chocolate bar based on the harmonic principles of the golden mean spiral. Years of research and development as a raw food chef led Matt Samuelson into the sacred world of raw cacao. His time and efforts have produced this fine product. Matt only uses the finest raw ingredients for these hand crafted bars.
Chocolate is a noted antioxidant, chocolate contains high amounts of polyphenols and flavonoids both known to assist our health in many ways. Chocolate just may contain the highest concentration of antioxidants in food, with up to 10% antioxidants by weight. Raw chocolate is also a supplies an ample amount of vitamin C and minerals. Most notably magnesium and chromium, two minerals essential for healthy brain function and blood sugar balance.
Raw Agave nectar is the product of the agave desert plant, which secretes a thin sweet, low glycemic nectar. Agave contains more fructose than glucose, which imparts sweetness but nominally effects the bodies blood sugar balance. This combination of sweetness and low-glycemic index make it a perfect compliment to chocolate’s health properties.
The bar is also seasoned with organic raw vanilla bean and himalayan salt which enhances the balance of flavors in the bar. There is also less than 1% of organic non-gmo soy lecithin, this enhances the creamy texture and smoothness of the bar.
This artful bar is bold with chocolate flavor yet smooth on the palate, take a bite and you know why chocolate is known as ‘Food of the Gods’.

Click here to Purchase the Golden Bean Gourmet Raw Chocolate Bar