The Three Big Questions about Chocolate
I mostly get three big questions when people find out that I am a social entrepreneur in chocolate.
- Is chocolate good for you?
- Where does the best chocolate come from?
- Will it make me fat?
So, is chocolate good for you?
Essentially, in chocolate – cacao is actually very good for you. Let me tell you the top five reasons why cacao is good for you.
- First, it has magnesium in it, and among is many benefits, magnesium is super-important for heart and brain function. It helps you with flexibility. It supports your bones. And it’s highly alkaline.
- Second are antioxidants. There is a 10 percent concentration of antioxidants in a fresh cacao bean. Antioxidants are important because they fight free radicals. Free radicals are those crazy oxygen molecules, which are often linked to DNA damage, cancer, heart problems and also – sorry to say it – saggy bottoms.
- In a pure cacao bean, when you eat it straight up, you’re going to find pure theobromine, which is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. Theobromine is technically found in lesser amounts of pure cacao than in processed chocolate.
- Phenylethylamine (PEA) is the fourth reason you’re going to love a pure cacao. PEA creates the feelings of attraction and euphoria that the brain releases during the times when you’re feeling a little sexy.
- And the last, most beautiful reason about why we love pure cacao and why subsequently cacao, or dark, pure chocolate – and I mean pure, not additives – is good for you, is because it contains anandamide. Anandamide is a bliss chemical. The neurotransmitter has been isolated in the last ten years. The brain releases Anandamide when we feel great – it kind of feels like a runner’s high.
Where does the best chocolate come from?
Chocolate comes from a farmer; that’s origin. When you’re looking at great chocolate and pictures of great chocolate companies, you want to be looking for pictures of farms, pods and people. That’s actually the basis – and proof! – of great chocolate. The best food, like everything at your farmer’s market, comes from the source. I can tell you after living in Europe, our friends over in Switzerland and Belgium think that they’ve got the best chocolate. But I do have to ask you, have you ever seen a cacao tree in Switzerland or Belgium? The majority of cacao comes from Africa and goes to the European community and North America, basically the USA, for processing and packaging.
Will chocolate make me fat?
Cacao, in its pure form, is good for you. It’s the additives that go into chocolate that are going to make you not so well, and probably fat. But I can tell you, chocolate these days is full of sugar, corn syrup, sodium nitrate, saccharine, aspartame, caffeine, GMO emulsifiers like soya, nut versions, vanillas and flavors. Do any of those sound healthy to you? Do any of those sound like they’re going to make you fat? Yes, friends, all those additives are going to make you fat in excess and when unnecessarily snarfed. Cacao in its pure form, however, has a role in nutrition and will contribute to a lean body.
You need to make your own distinction between what we’re really considering good quality chocolate and cacao, and the difference between the additive-filled junk that you find in the junk food aisles.
Cacao is the food of the Gods. At Blyss, we believe in the value of our growers, which means pure cacao beans for our chocolate to deliver the finest chocolate, to you. So here’s to you, in good health!