Cacao Beans (raw, sundried) - 100g
Cacao Beans are the real stuff when it comes to chocolate!!!
How to Use Cacao Beans
Eat 3-5 beans for an energy boost. Blend in with your daily smoothie or crush and use in a range of cuisine. Add to your guacamole: crush 14 beans well - mix with 2 mashed avocardos, a finely chopped tomato, spring onions, fresh chilli, a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt ... experience bliss!!
Benefits of Cacao
- Cacao Nibs have one of the highest amounts of antioxidants, more than blueberries. Antioxidants help to mop free radicals in the body, therefore cacao is said to be great for; longevity, to boost your immune system, and to help prevent many diseases.
- They are abundantly rich in magnesium. Magnesium being an essential mineral especially for women during menstruation, it also balances brain chemistry and helps to build strong bones. Magnesium is also associated with improving people's moods as it helps the body to release happy hormones. (For many people with a typical western diet they will often find they are deficient in magnesium, so taking Cacao can help to relieve this problem.)
- It may aid with weight loss as cacao is said to help people feel less hungry. This could be because it contains monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors) which when consumed are believed to allow increased levels of serotonin and certain neurotransmitters to be distributed in the brain.
- Cacao may be beneficial for people who want to have increased focus and alertness this is because it contains Phenylethylamine (PEA) which is an adrenal related chemical that's created in the brain.
- Finally there is great news for people who are allergic to chocolate in one study, out of 500 people who believed they were allergic to chocolate only one was actually allergic to the raw cacao bean itself and the others were probably allergic to the added ingredients in the processing of conventional chocolate, so if you think you are allergic to chocolate it may be that it is something in the processing of conventional chocolate not cacao itself that you are allergic to do.However always consult a medical practitioner before you experiment.