Who doesn’t love chocolate?! Chocolate IS cacao. This delicious food has been traditionally used for centuries to boost energy and enhance mood. This ‘food of the gods’ remains one of the most pleasurable foods on the planet and a superfood of unparalleled potency.
Cacao beans were so revered by the Mayans and Aztecs that, instead of gold, they traded the beans for money! Cortez who brought cacao to the New World wrote, “The divine drink which build up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.”
The cacao bean is the seed (nut) of the cacao tree. Believe it or not, there is no cacao season so the tree flowers and produces cacao fruit all year long. They are rarely visited by bees, instead tiny insects called midges pollinate these beans. Once the flower is pollinated, it develops into a pod-fruit which takes a half a year to ripen. Ripe cacao fruit doesn’t fall to the jungle floor…instead they are munched by macaws, parrots, bats and monkeys.
A cacao tree is magically born when a cacao seed does fall onto the ground,. These trees grow best in the shade of others trees and since they thrive in humidity are often good to grow in greenhouses. How great would that be to grow a cacao tree?
Like all superfoods, chocolate straddles the line between being a food and an amazing medicine. It is the number one source of magnesium and contains 314 percents of the US RDA of iron in a one-ounce serving.
The cacao bean contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the whole wide world!
Rumor has it that cacao contains caffeine but turns out that it’s a poor source of caffeine. It does have theobromine, a cardiovascular stimulant which provides long-lasting, sustainable energy to the cardiovascular system, making the heart’s job easier. Turns out that the cacao bean is one of the most powerful medicines for the heart, both physically and spiritually.
Chocolate already has a sweet reputation cause it helps you feel so good, but heat destroys some of the delicious nutritional value of this superfood. Raw, unprocessed cacao is truly as magical as gets since it heals, enlivens and supercharges the body!
It sure does feel like chocolate could be one of the main food groups, doesn’t it?