by Victoria Saldana
Since ancient times, numerous beneficial health effects have been attributed to chocolate consumption, including its ability to increase plasma antioxidant capacity, diminish platelet function and inflammation, and decrease diastolic and systolic arterial pressures. Data currently available indicates that daily consumption of cocoa-rich chocolate (rich in polyphenols) may at least partially lower cardiovascular disease risk. (Gomez, Gonzalez, and Batista -2013)
Many scholars and scientists since have conducted numerous studies proving the health benefits of the compounds found in cacao that are vital to cellular and biological functions in our brains and bodies.
Phytochemical compounds found in plants include antioxidants, neurotransmitters and essential nutrients. Beneficial phytochemicals usually degrade in the cooking process, so the raw forms should be consumed abundantly in every diet for health and longevity. The phytochemical analysis of cacao beans has proven this food to be one of the most chemically complex foods known to man.
Aksana Samy, the founder of Raway Chocolate, began making organic raw vegan chocolate bars knowing all the health benefits raw cacao offered. Being a model posed challenges and restrictions in her diet, but her instinct to indulge her cacao craving was the driving force behind her creation.
Next time you crave wellness and bliss, you can now be one bite away from satisfaction. Cacao is one of the only known foods that contains anandamide, a neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of bliss. It’s also important for memory, motor function and fertility. Raw cacao sources contain flavanols, a subclass of flavonoids, shown in clinical studies to create a protective effect against atherogenesis, the formation of plaque in arterial walls that causes chronic inflammation.
According to a study conducted by experts in 2011, the daily consumption of 100g of dark chocolate noticeably improved results in the recovery of patients that underwent cardiovascular surgery (Fernandez 2011). The combination of cacao with other raw ingredients such as pistachios, almonds, currants and pure maple syrup creates a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber and antioxidants that your body will be delighted to receive. “Nature intended chocolate to be raw, nutritious and full of enzymes,” says Samy.
Available now at Whole Foods, Tunie’s and online at RawayOrganic.com.