Monday, March 31, 2014

Cacao is the new superfood, but what the heck is it?!

Cacao is essentially raw chocolate, also called raw cacao nibs, and it provides important benefits to your intestinal regularity, heart and blood vessels and blood sugar level.
Dietary Fiber - Cacao may help to keep your bowel movements regular. A 1-ounce serving of raw cacao nibs contains 36% of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber, or 9 grams.
Cardiovascular Health - One of the main health benefits of cacao is for the arteries in your heart and brain. Consuming cacao foods may decrease your likelihood of having a stroke or heart attack, according to clinical studies published in the "Journal of the American College of Cardiology" and the "Journal of Internal Medicine."
Polyphenols - Cacao polyphenols may improve the health of your heart and brain arteries by serving as antioxidants and inhibiting blood platelets from forming a clot. If your blood cholesterol is somewhat elevated, cacao polyphenols may also lower your “bad” cholesterol, and raise your “good” cholesterol levels.
Blood Pressure and Glucose - The fiber and polyphenols in cacao may work together to help control your blood pressure and blood glucose levels, as suggested by a recent clinical study in "Food and Function."
Wild Blueberry & Cacao Smoothie
- 1/2 cup kale, finely chopped
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 T raw cacoa powder
- 1/2 cup liquid - either coconut milk, almond milk, hemp milk OR water
- 1 T chia seed
Mix in a blender and enjoy!

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