Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing raw cacao beans in order to ensure that no nutrients are lost by heat treating. As compared to cocoa which has been chemically processed and roasted, thus destroying a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy), raw cacao maintains its high nutritional profile and this makes it a superfood loaded with flavonoids and magnesium.
Below are the known benefits of consuming raw cacao.
Helps Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
We can significantly increase our chances of developing heart diseases if we have high cholesterol levels. By consuming raw cacao, we will be able to lower our LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. This effect is mainly attributed to high quantities of antioxidants found in cacao which protect lipoproteins from oxidizing or reacting with free radicals.
Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant
Experts found that cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylethylamine. These are known neurotransmitters that have been linked to feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and may even alleviate depression. Consuming raw cacao is a healthy and delicious way to get our happy buzz on.
Helps With Cognitive Function
The flavanols that are present in cacao are absorbed into the bloodstream and accumulate in the hippocampus, the region responsible for memory and learning. These flavanols work by forming new neurons and improving their functionality and protecting them from destruction by free radicals, increasing cognitive abilities.
May Help People With Asthma
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes obstruction and inflammation of the airways and can be life-threatening. When it comes to people with this condition, cacao may be beneficial as it contains anti-asthmatic compounds, such as theobromine and theophylline.
Theobromine is similar to caffeine and may help with persistent coughing while theophylline helps our lungs dilate, our airways relax, and decreases inflammation.
Helps Improve Digestion
Raw cacao is loaded with dietary fiber and magnesium. Eating them on a regular basis can help prevent constipation and improve our overall digestive health.
Ways To Eat Raw Cacao Every Day
1. Blend into a smoothie or use it to make chocolate desserts or to make a yummy hot chocolate.
2. Sprinkle raw cacao nibs on top of smoothies or smoothie bowls for some crunch.