Chocolate Superfood Or Junk Food Healthiest Chocolate HealingMatters 72

Is Chocolate a Superfood Or Junk Food? What’s the healthiest kind of Chocolate? What is Chocolate? In episode 72 of HealingMatters, Jason Eagle will explain how to eat Chocolate as a Superfood! Believe it or not, our beloved chocolate candy bars, chocolate chips, and chocolate truffles actually started as a plant. A cacao tree grows in tropical/rainforest regions with lots of rain and sunshine! Once the cacao tree flowers, it produces a seed pod. 20 to 50 cacao beans are within this pod. Cacao beans are loaded in antioxidants and polyphenols. Raw cacao beans are fermented or roasted before they are processed, heated, and turned into the cocoa. Cocoa is then mixed with fat, sugar, and other natural or artificial flavors yielding the mass produced chocolate we buy at the stores. Interestingly enough, global chocolate companies like Cadbury, Hershey’s, and Nestle have different recipes and use different ingredients depending upon which country they are selling their product in. Local and Craft chocolatiers usually have a higher standard for ingredients that use, thus producing a superior and gourmet chocolate. Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor is a great example of a craft chocolate company. David Avocado Wolfe is one of the first companies I was exposed to that made raw chocolates. When he was in town, he brought some real cacao beans with him that still had the white pith on the outside of the bean. I was shocked at how sweet this pith was, almost like a jelly bean! You can buy Sacred Chocolate on his website: Yes, chocolate is a superfood as long as you consume it without the refined white sugar. It can increase energy, and it’s loaded with polyphenols, minerals, and antioxidants. In general, the darker the chocolate, the healthier it is because of the ratio of cocoa to sugar. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar, milk, and other ingredients. As we know, sugar is a junk food. If you want to make your own Superfood Chocolate, I like to buy my Cacao Powder and Cacao Beans from TerraSoul Superfoods: It’s important to help develop a child’s palate while they are young. The more flavors they are exposed to the more likely they are to choose healthy, nutritious foods over processed, sugar and salt laden foods. Dark chocolate is a great food you could introduce the bitter flavor with. Did you learn something new? * Help me make more shows by purchasing supplements mentioned in today’s show at * Make sure to SUBSCRIBE: * Podcast: HealingMatters * Support your health by becoming a Patron for as little as $1/month: You can get even more in depth answers to your health questions answered directly by Jason. You’ll also get a sneak peak into the Healing Homestead! * Join me LIVE at noon on Wednesday!