Dec 21 2013
Chocolate Benefits: Awaken To The Fruit Of The Gods
by Maryam Henein |
Chocolate Benefits are many! Flow Foods Chocolatl fashions raw, organic, non-gmo hand-crafted chocolates that tantalize the senses and nourish the mind. These sweets are inspired by cacao’s history of healing and ceremonial uses thousands of years ago in ancient Mesoamerican cultures. Cacao was then revered as the “Fruit of the Gods” and valued and traded on par with gold.
Today, the pod has fallen far from the tree. Chocolate is scarcely more than candy or dessert. It’s filled with sugar, milk, plus other indistinguishable and potentially harmful fillers like genetically modified soy lecithin. By the time you break into a Kit Kat, there’s barely any cacao left in it. And the chocolate benefits are none!
In contrast, in the world of raw chocolate cacao is revered for its nutritional properties. Unlike the average candy bar, raw cacao is unroasted and minimally processed at low temperatures, preserving its abundant antioxidants, minerals (magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium), and uplifting neurotransmitters such as phenylethylamine (or PEA) and anandamide (the “bliss chemical”).
Raw chocolatiers like Chocolatl’s Deanna Moore have discovered cacao’s catalyzing nature. It can serve as a means of delivering nature’s most powerful longevity herbs and superfoods.
Moore’s love of chocolate and passion for ecological sustainability and holistic health led her to create Chocolatl. “I was traveling the world, and I’d find myself visiting fair-trade cacao cooperatives, family farms, and tropical permaculture sites in Ghana, Hawaii, India, and all over North America,” she says. “I was interested in the economy of cacao because it’s such a sought-after and mysterious plant and food.”
Moore fell in love with not only cacao’s taste, but the plant itself. She cultivated on-the-job training and observed methods of growing, processing, and preparing chocolate from seed to mouth.
Chocolatl’s several varieties of raw, organic, and fair-trade chocolates are packaged in 100 percent biodegradable pyramids. The company stone-grinds raw cacao from Ecuador in combination with unique superfoods from around the world, then sweetens it with low-glycemic coconut sugar, creating a smooth, dark, delicious chocolate experience. Finally, a sprinkle of cacao nibs atop these extraordinary chocolates connects you to the source of chocolate: the seed!
Cordyceps – Maca: This creation blends the bitter-sweetness of raw cacao with the deep earthy-nutty flavor from the medicinally potent Cordyceps mushroom. Cordyceps has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to promote energy, clarity, and stamina. Maca is infused to increase energy and stamina, support the immune system, and balance hormones in both men and women. Maca is also an adaptogenic herb, like ginseng, which helps your body respond to stress. Also included is the Peruvian fruit Lucuma, the sacred lost crop of the Incas, for its high content in vitamins and minerals.
Goji – Maca: This fruity bar is both balancing and energizing. The energy-boosting berry goji is the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods (including beta-carotene). Plus, goji berries are packed with antioxidants, amino acids (including all of the essentials), vitamins (500 times more vitamin C per ounce than an orange!), and minerals. This bar also contains mesquite, which is high in fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, potassium, iron, and zinc. Mesquite aids in stabilizing blood sugar, making it a good choice for diabetics. Finally comes a dash of shilajit, an Ayurvedic herb and adaptogen used for healing and rejuvenation in. Shilajit contains at least 85 minerals in ionic form, as well as humic and fulvic acid.
Mystic Mint: Prepare to eat a deep, refreshing, minty cacao filled with a five-mushroom blend to balance and enhance the immune system. This bar is also infused with maca, known to boost energy and stamina, support the immune system, and balance hormones in both men and women. This chocolate includes wild blue-green algae with its rich stores of vitamins, minerals, rare trace elements, essential fatty acids (including omega-3), phytonutrients, (including PEA), and active enzymes.
Chocolate Maca Sauce: Move over, Nutella. Raw agave, extra-virgin coconut oil, maca root, vanilla bean, and Himalayan salt is whipped up with cacao to create a rich and dense chocolate sauce with a perfectly balanced sweetness.
*Chocolatl was the original name of the sacred medicinal cacao beverage enjoyed by the Mayans.
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