Sunday, April 8, 2012

Cocoa is a food of the Gods

Since ancient times, cacao is considered a valuable food product. 
According to the Aztec king Montezuma, this drink was reserved for the military and social elite, had a sacred and solemn features.
Swedish botanist Linnaeus gave the plant the name Theobroma cacao L. where "theobroma" just means "food of the gods."

Cocoa grows on trees of average height 4-8 meters and belongs to the evergreen plant family Sterculiaceae.

The origin of this plant draws from the tropical regions of South America, and the fruit is commonly used to make cocoa powder and chocolate.
The fruit of the cocoa tree ovate in shape, up to 30 cm long and weighs up to 500 grams. The fruit inside the white meat is 20-60 seeds. The pulp is used for making juice, a fruit from the resulting cocoa powder and cocoa butter, and can be eaten and the whole fruit.
Each seed contains up to 50% of the fat is cocoa butter. The cocoa is the theobromine, a substance similar to caffeine.
In the wild shaped, cocoa is still possible to find only in the foothills of the Andes at a height of 200-400 meters, in the Amazon and Orinoco river nearby.
The first European encounter with cocoa had Christopher Columbus, which is called cocoa "hazelnuts looks wonderful." Cocoa is the first time in Europe arrived in the form of drinks 1519th year.

The health benefits of cocoa

Raw cocoa beans, chips or powder, it is believed, according to their nutritional properties, one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Therefore, the food falls into the category of superfood.

protects the body from free radical damage
reduces stress and depression
protects against heart and blood vessels
protects against many types of cancer
an excellent source of iron
regulates blood sugar and cholesterol
promotes better memory and concentration
reduces the risk of heart attack
helps regulate blood pressure

Cocoa contains more than 300 chemical substances with positive effects on health.
By its composition, cocoa is particularly rich in antioxidants which are responsible for the overall health of the organism.
Antioxidants protect your body from disease and from free radicals that are the main cause of aging.
Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants compared to any food product in the world. These antioxidants include polyphenols, catechins and epicatechin.

Looking at the weight of cocoa has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai berry, pomegranate and goji berries TOGETHER!

Cocoa, due to its composition rich in minerals (particularly magnesium) helps combat stress.
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 processes in the body - from digestion, the heart and brain.
In its composition, cocoa contain catechins, polyphenols that are believed to protect against heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Furthermore, cocoa is an excellent source of iron, chromium, manganese, zinc and vitamin C. The 28 grams of cocoa even get 314% of the daily recommended amounts of iron.
According to a study conducted at the Australian International Institute for Diabetes, diabetics who consumed cocoa regularly had significantly better blood pressure and lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
This amazing plant contains PEA (phenylethylamine). It is a group of compounds your body secretes when you are in love, so it is not surprising that many need to replace the love of chocolate whose main ingredient is cocoa.
The cocoa also contains serotonin and dopamine, the hormone of happiness. Cocoa bean is rich in omega-6 fatty acids that nourish the brain and help the overall functioning of the organism.
Because of this, include cocoa in your daily diet.
But make no mistake that eating plain chocolate (as long as it was black) entering the body healthy cocoa.Unfortunately in the process of manufacturing chocolate cocoa heats up and loses its nutritional and medicinal properties.
Buy pure, organic cocoa and enjoy its benefits.
Let be the food of the gods, and your food!
Chocolate smoothie with spinach

1 large banana
150-200 g of fresh spinach
2 dates, pitted
1 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
5 ice cubes
1 1/2 cups water
Put all ingredients in blender and grind until smooth.

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