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Chocolate lovers rejoice!

Cocoa has been enjoyed for thousands of years by ancient cultures including the Aztecs and Mayans. And now cocoa has reached superfood status. Packing twelve times the antioxidant capacity of blueberries, natural cocoa is a crave-worthy, age-defying ingredient.

Defy Aging with Delicious, Decadent Cocoa

But that’s not all. Researchers have identified more than 600 nutrients in the addictive bean that offer a myriad of health benefits. Most studied of these nutrients are the flavonoids. One flavonoid in group in particular -the catechins – may help to protect your heart and boost your immune system.

When choosing cocoa, opt for organic, fair-trade cocoa that has not been “dutched”, or treated with alkali. The process of alkalizing cuts the antioxidant power in half.

Try the many all-natural chocolate delights here at Healing Gourmet. They’re rich in antioxidants, yet low in sugar and include favorites likeĀ Chocolate Souffle, Dark Chocolate Brownies and many more.

Check out our delicious Healthy Chocolate Recipes!

Estimated Glycemic Load=4
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=80,933*

*Natural, unsweetened cocoa powder

Selecting and Storing Cocoa

Check the ingredient list of any bar chocolate or cocoa to make sure that you are buying real chocolate. Don't be concerned about traces of white on the surface of chocolate. They indicate that the chocolate has undergone temperature variation but will not influence taste or quality. Store at room temperature or refrigerate, but do not freeze. Freezing interferes with the composition of the cocoa butter and causes the chocolate to crumble.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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