Cacao: The Dark Side of Chocolate
Updated: Jan 14
All chocolate is made from cacao beans, a type of nut that grows on cacao trees. After the flower gets pollinated, the fruit grows and ripens. Upon maturity the fruit is opened. Inside are anywhere from 20-50 cacao beans, the natural form of chocolate. Thankfully cacao beans are produced all yearlong.
The Aztecs and Mayans revered cacao beans so much that they used them as money instead of gold, perhaps because cacao has tremendous health benefits. Cacao is an antioxidant, and mineral- and amino acid-charged food. The antioxidants in cacao protect your DNA against free-radical damage, and cacao contains more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and goji berries combined! Each serving of cacao (28g) packs a hefty 314% of the US Recommended Daily Allowance for Iron. Cacao is also the number one source for Magnesium. And that’s important because 80% of Americans are Magnesium deficient. Cacao also contains Chromium, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Vitamin C, and fiber.
Unfortunately, cacao's therapeutic properties are destroyed by heating, refining, and processing. Leading brands "Dutch" or process their chocolate with Alkali (a chemical compound), which removes almost all the nutrients from the cacao. Read more about Raw vs. Alkalized chocolate here.
That's why we make Chocolate MUD using only organic cacao powder that is never dutched, alkalized or tampered with. This ensures that you gain the most benefits from this amazing superfood. So forget milk chocolate. Open a container of MUD dairy free ice cream made with nature’s original bean, and experience the raw, delicious, dark side of Chocolate. You'll go back.
The above information is for educational purposes only, and gathered from a variety of different sources. It should not be construed as medical advice, or as an endorsement of any particular product. Your healthcare provider is your best source for medical and nutritional direction, and should be consulted on any health decision you make.
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