Intelligent Hot Chocolate:
What Does That Mean?
What Does That Mean?
After years of hearing that chocolate is bad for us, we now hear from scientists, medical researchers, nutritionists, holistic practitioners and health experts that certain kinds of ‘chocolate’ are considered a superfood. And with good reason. The seeds (cacao beans) from the Theobroma Cacao plant contain more than 300 identified chemical compounds. Protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, beneficial minerals and neurochemicals are all part of the flavor we all love. So why were we told that chocolate is bad?
The proven health benefits of the cacao bean - lowered LDL cholesterol, improved heart function, and reduced cancer risk – can be destroyed, diluted or polluted when raw cacao is processed.
To create the common ingredient we know as Dutch-process cocoa powder involves roasting beans at high temperatures and using alkalizing techniques to produce a consistent flavor and remove bitterness. That type of processing destroys many of cacao’s beneficial compounds, reducing the nutritional content significantly.
Turning that cocoa powder into the chocolate found in the average candy bar can include adding excessive amounts of sugar, unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients. It’s not the bean’s fault that chocolate got a bad reputation!. How do you get the benefits of cacao without the downsides of chocolate?
That’s where Wildeflower’s tonics come in! We have the world’s first intelligent hot chocolate. All three of our recipes have a base of raw cacao powder and all of our ingredients are vegan*, raw, kosher, wildcrafted and organic superfoods.
Be Good Organics describes these 5 benefits of raw cacao. (There are plenty more, too!)
1.) 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries Raw Organic
Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Yes, 40 times! It has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400. ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.
2.) Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron
On a plant-based/vegan diet and looking for iron? The search is over! Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g.
3.) Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain
Raw Organic Cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.
4. More Calcium Than Cow’s Milk
Raw Organic Cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk would you believe, at 160mg per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk.
5. A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant
Cacao is a great source of scientifically proven “bliss” chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with feelings of wellbeing and happiness and can even alleviate depression.
Consuming cacao can replenish minerals vital to our body. Magnesium is chronically deficient in the majority of western diets, and cacao is the highest naturally occurring source. Magnesium is used in all key brain functions and is also beneficial for the function of the heart, acting to relax blood vessel and decrease strain. Cacao is also the highest naturally occurring source of chromium, and high in copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulfur, iron, and phosphorous.
Cacao contains theobromine, which is only about one quarter as stimulating as caffeine, and it has a much longer half-life in the body, meaning that its effect is more subtle and lasts longer. Theobromine is a cardiac stimulant (as opposed to caffeine which is a nervous system stimulant) and it relaxes blood vessels, together producing an effect of 30-40% higher blood circulation. This improves absorption of other important nutrients in cacao or other superfoods that it is paired with.
Cacao contains beneficial neurotransmitters and neuromodulators already present in our brains, most notably including:
- Norepinephrine - The joy molecule · Serotonin - Helps with wellbeing and creates resistance to stress. Cacao also has MOA inhibitors, that inhibit re-uptake of serotonin.
- Dopamine - Gives feelings of motivation and pleasure. Cacao also has MOA inhibitors, that inhibit re-uptake of dopamine.
- Anandamine - The bliss molecule, it moderates pain, and is associated with the "runners high" effect. Cacao also has N-linoleoylethanolamine, the re-uptake inhibitor for anandamine.
- Phenylethylamine (PEA) - Helps with excitement, alertness, attention. Gives the perception of time slowing down.
Cacao is one of the most pharmacologically complex plant substances known to man. When consumed unsweetened or with very little sugar, it is a superfood, packed with beneficial minerals and neurochemicals that beneficially affect our health, immune systems and state of mind.Try Wildeflowers tonics and sip your way to health!
*Beauty radiance tonic contains pearl (Pinctada martensii).