Three incredibly healthy reasons to eat the 'food of the gods'

Monday, September 09, 2013 by: Paul Fassa
Tags: food of the gods, cacao, health benefits

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
(NaturalNews) The ancient Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs considered cacao (ka-cow) a source of power. The scientific name for the cacao (or cocoa) bean is Theobroma cacao, which literally translates as "Food of the Gods".

Raw chocolate or cacao is the unprocessed seed or bean form of chocolate. Cacao grows on trees that are native to Mexico, Central America and South America. When the pods are harvested, between 40 to 60 seeds from each pod are removed, fermented naturally and left to dry for one to two weeks. What emerges is raw cacao beans.

Cacao beans are loaded with powerful antioxidants as well as important minerals and vitamins. Unfortunately, the commercial chocolate we are all familiar with involves roasting the cacao beans, which greatly reduces their antioxidant level. The greatest health benefits from chocolate are from the unheated or raw cacao.

Raw chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants, polyphenols, catechins, and epicatechins than red wine, goji berries, pomegranates, green tea and blueberries combined.

ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scores for the Top 10 Antioxidant Foods (per 100 grams or 3.3 oz):

1) Raw cocoa powder: 95,500
2) Raw cacao nibs: 62,100
3) Roasted cocoa powder: 26,000
4) Organic goji berries: 25,300
5) Acai berries: 18,500
6) Dark chocolate: 13,120
7) Milk chocolate: 6,740
8) Prunes: 5,770
9) Raisins: 2,830
10) Blueberries: 2,400

Superb Heart Tonic and Stroke Protection

Raw chocolate is the most magnesium-rich food on the planet. Magnesium is the essential heart mineral needed for healthy heart functioning. Over 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Considering the Standard American Diet (SAD), this comes as no surprise.

According to the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, by Michael T. Murray, ND, and Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND, "The level of magnesium in the blood correlates with the ability of the heart muscle to manufacture enough energy to beat properly. Many disorders of heart rhythm are related to an insufficient level of magnesium in the heart muscle."

Dr. Mark Sircus, AC., OMD, author of medical and health-related books and director of the International Medical Veritas Association, stated: "Magnesium routinely saves lives in the emergency room and in intensive care wards; for stroke victims, ... it is assurance of dramatic reduction of [post] stroke symptoms.

Raw chocolate's polyphenols or flavonoids/flavanols, especially epicatechin, act as powerful antioxidants that help to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The flavanols in cacao prevent fat from oxidizing in the blood that inflame arteries.

Flavanols are clot preventers. They make blood platelets less sticky and therefore reduce a major cause of heart attacks and strokes, without the harmful side effects of pharmaceutical blood thinners like aspirin.

Blood sugar and weight management

Chromium and magnesium in raw chocolate helps the body metabolize sugar and reduce insulin resistance by increasing insulin sensitivity. Twenty-five percent of people with diabetes are low in magnesium.

Cacao helps stop food cravings. It contains the metabolism revving nutrient, theobromine, and the endorphin, anandamide, which can curb emotional eating while reducing excess cortisol production.

Depression and mood management

In addition to abundant magnesium, cacao contains significant amounts of the essential amino acid, tryptophan. Both are needed by the body to create the stress protective neurotransmitters, serotonin and melatonin, and build our "stress defense shield."

Serotonin is considered a primary neurotransmitter that plays a powerful role in mood regulation. Heat and cooking destroy tryptophan. Conventionally processed chocolate is low in tryptophan (roasted beans) compared to raw cacao, which typically contains 33% more tryptophan.

Perhaps increasing rates of depression can be alleviated by indulging in the food of the gods, raw chocolate.

Sources for this article include:

About the author:
Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding them towards direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom.

You can check out his many non-compromising cutting edge, non-fluff articles here

And you can visit his blog at

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Food of the gods at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.