Friday, April 22, 2011

Cacao- Food of the Gods

After reading about Darin Olien's many pilgrimages throughout the ancient regions and cultures of Peru, I was inspired to focus on superfoods.

Only seems right to start off with Cacao, which may be the most potently super of them all.

-contains more protective antioxidants than red wine, pomegranates and blueberries combined.
-huge source of magnesium (for heart health, bone strength, brainpower)
-vitamin C
-essential fats
-tryptophan (amino acid with a calming effect which in turn elevates levels of serotonin)
-rich in phenylethylamine (PEA), a substance our bodies coincidentally naturally produce when we fall in love- also acts as a natural appetite suppressant

*Mayans and Aztecs used cacao beans as currency, valuing them above gold

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