Prized by traditional cultures around the world, the ancients used cacao for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. The beans of the cacao pods were also used as a currency which means, at one time, money really did grow on trees!
The words cacao and cocoa are often used interchangeably with chocolate being the broad term for either. Generally speaking, cacao signifies the raw unheated form of chocolate and cocoa signifies cacao that has been heated.
The benefits of chocolate are beginning to be discovered with research suggesting it may possess qualities such as:
Like all good things, it is how you use them that determines exactly how beneficial they will be. Chocolate can be a blood sugar raising, high empty calorie, quick fix or it can be a nutritional powerhouse that nourishes you. We believe chocolate is best when treated with respect, made with care to ensure that it has positive benefits to health - or at the very least no negative ones - and used as the ancients and many modern health experts today recommend ie. for sacred, medicinal and entertainment purposes.
Knowledge is Power!
Have you ever purchased a block of chocolate from the supermarket thinking you would have few pieces on the way home, only to find that by the time you got there most of the block was gone? Did you then spend the next week plagued by recurring pangs of guilt each time you thought about eating chocolate?
Welcome to the science of junk food addiction. Many multi-national food companies invest a small fortune in research to determine the exact combinations of sweet and salty flavours that will trigger an intense pleasure release in your brain receptors.
The abnormally high stimulation of these receptors by sugar-rich foods, such as commercially processed chocolate, generates excessive reward signals in your brain, which have the potential to override normal self-control mechanisms, thus leading to addiction.
(1) Note: Adapted excerpt from mercola.com article: Brain imagining confirms food addiction
Benefits of Making Chocolate at Home
Making your own chocolate has the following benefits:
– Feel satisfied after a couple of peices
– No over-eating = no guilt
– All the pleasure without the calories
– Total control over what goes into your chocolate and your body
– Make heavenly chocolate creations with unlimited possibilities
– The ability to cater to your tastes and dietary preferences with divine possibiliites for vegetarians, vegans, diabetics and those with soy, dairy and gluten intolerances.
FUN – EASY – YUM – PURE – SATISFYING – GUILT FREE