Cacao: Nature’s Supreme Antioxidant Source – Can chocolate truly be healthy?

Healthy Chocolate

Can chocolate truly be healthy?

YES! Let’s explain why:

Everyone has heard of free radicals. It’s well known that these rogue molecules damage healthy cells, which in turn results in unhealthy tissues, organs and eventually, an unhealthy body.

Fortunately, cacao, the nutritional source of healthy chocolate, is nature’s top source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that neutralize free radicals and slow their damage.

“…among the most important observations in the history of medicine…How important does that make [cacao antioxidants]? I would say very important.”

Harvard physician and researcher Norman Hollenberg, MD, regarding the benefits of cacao’s antioxidants.

Among cacao’s most impressive phytonutrients are several types of polyphenols, largely recognized as some of the most powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds known today. The most powerful and prominent polyphenols in cacao are flavanols.

Hundreds of studies have found that flavanols possess distinct and powerful properties, including the ability to:

  • Minimize inflammation throughout the body
  • Slow free radicals
  • Protect the heart and blood vessels
  • Support the immune system
  • Promote antibacterial/antiviral activity in the body
  • Relax and dilate blood vessels
  • Modify blood sugar levels
  • Protect the brain
  • Preserve cellular integrity
  • Protect and repair the liver
  • Positively modify hormone activity
  • and much more!

 


The High-Antioxidant Answer to Weight Loss

 

The Xocai High-Antioxidant Wellness System is the first and only of its kind

Everyone loves chocolate, right?  But when it comes to healhty foods, most people don’t typically include chocolate on the list.  For decades, we’ve been told repeatedly that chocolate is a sinful indulgence, loaded with fat, sugar and calories, that contributes only to poor health.  That view, however, is changing as a huge body of research overwhelmingly shows that cocoa and chocolate possess a wide range of health benefits from cardiovascular and brain health to improved energy and immune function.

When talking about chocolate and its health benefits, it’s crucial to know one thing – not all chocolate is created equal.  Steven Warren, M.D., Xocai’s chief scientific officer, says that unlike commercially produced chocolate, Xocai’s products utilize a premium-grade, healthy chocolate unlike any other on the market.  “Because we process our cocao properly, our chocolate retains optimal levels of natural antioxidants, cocoa butter and other vital nutrients,” says Dr. Warren.  “Even better is that our chocolate delivers a rich, robust chocolate flavor that surpasses most chocolates out there.”

Cacao is an Antioxidant Powerhouse

Over the last couple of decades, scientists have increasingly focused on cocoa and chocolate as well as cacao, the plant food they are made from, as a source of optimal nutrition.  The primary aspect of cacao’s health benefits resides in it being one of the top antioxidant containing foods known today.  Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize free radicals or rogue molecules that damage cells and tissues in the body and contribute to literally dozens of diseases.

Cacao contains several classes of antioxidants, including flavanols and flavonoids, both of which are known to protect the body in a variety of ways.  “Cacao truly is unique in its antioxidant profile,” says Dr. Warren.  “Hundreds of studies show that the flavanols and other antioxidants in cacao are powerful protectors of the human body.”

Chocolate Comes Full Circle

When chocolate was first created from cacao beans by Mesoamerican cultures thousands of years ago, it was a drink that retained the antioxidant richness of cacao.  Not too long after it was imported to Europe, however, chocolatiers discovered that adding alkali to cacao, a process called “dutching,” could reduce the bitterness of the cacao and improve its flavor.  Unfortunately, dutching also significantly degraded the nutrient content of the chocolate.

Modern chocolate manufacturers have continued the practice of “dutching,” as well as the incorporation of sugars, unhealthy fats, and chemicals.  “The end product of most chocolates little resembles the antioxidant-rich cacao brought forth centuries ago,” says Dr. Warren.  “In fact, chocolate candy became one of the modern world’s first ‘junk’ foods.”

The good news is that Xocai has recaptured the original nutritional goodness of cacao, thanks to a proprietary cold-processing method that does not destroy the flavanols and other nutrients found naturally in cacao.  Xocai’s chocolate also retains natural cocoa butter, uses low-glycemic natural sweetners, and does not contain “fillers” such as milk solids, oils, or artificial preservatives.

In fact, so revolutionary was Xocai’s chocolate that it was the original creator of the healthy chocolate category.  Its continued development of unique products and commitment to the highest quality of nutrient-rich chocolate allows Xocai to continue at the forefront of the healthy chocolate industry.

Xocai Shows Weight Loss Potential

Mentioned earlier are several health benefits of dark, healthy chocolate.  One other benefit of regularly consuming cacao that is now coming to light is that of healthy, sustained weight loss.

The obesity plague in modern society is real.  In fact, health experts are now saying that obesity is overtaking heart disease as the number-one killer in America.  Obesity costs the country as much as $147 billion every year, not to mention countless lives and untold suffering, and that amount will certainly contiue to grow.

Interestingly, however, science is beginning to make a strong connection between free radical damage, also known as oxidative stress, and weight gain.  Free radicals are unstable rogue molecules that roam the body, damaging cells, tissues and organs.  The results of oxidative stress are widespread and include heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.  Now, scientists are adding obesity to that list.

The good news is that a high-antioxidant diet can help neutralize free radicals and the increased tendency of gaining weight.  Xocai High-Antioxidant Weight-Loss System, which features its renowned antioxidant powerhouse cacao, is the first and only high-antioxidant program to give consumers the tools they need to get rid of those unwanted pounds.


Sinfully Good Mini Chocolate Souffles

Ready in 30 minutes * makes 4 servings

Non-stick cooking spray

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1- 1/2 tbsp white wheat flour

1/2 cup low-fat milk

6 tbsp honey, divided

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 large egg whites

1/8 tsp cream of tartar

1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly spray the bottoms of 4 single-serve ramekins.

2.  In a saucepan combine cocoa and flour.  Add milk and 3 tbsp of honey and whisk until smooth.

3.  Cook, stirring, over low-medium heat until thick, approximately 2 minutes.  Stir in vanilla and set aside to cool slightly.

4.  Place egg whites and cream of tartar in a small mixing bowl and beat until soft peaks form.  Gradually beat in remaining honey and continue beating at high speed until stiff peaks form.

5.  Fold 1/4 cup of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining whites.  Divide mixture evenly into the prepared ramekins.  Place on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes, or until puffy and set.  Serve immediately.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 140, Total Fats: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 37mg, Total Carbohydrates: 33g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 28g, Protein: 4g, Iron: 1mg