According to Science Daily, over 95% of the world’s population has health problems, with over a third having more than five ailments. Science continuously proves that food is and always will be your best medicine to prevent diseases and improve your current health status.
I often get asked… What is a superfood? The best part about superfoods is that they are commonly known as “medicinal food.” It’s given this title because when certain foods are eaten on a regular basis, they’re known to prevent common health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, hormonal issues, and they help beat chronic fatigue syndrome. It’s not surprising that plant-based foods like dark green leafy vegetables, fruits and seeds are generally listed as top superfoods! It’s safe to say that foods that are grown in nature -without pesticides or other added chemicals- are known as superfoods.
Why should I bother eating them anyway?
Well… sure, superfoods should be a part of your daily food intake…but too few remember to actually focus on it.
They’re just like any other foods that I eat daily… right?
Unfortunately, our society has turned to so-called “convenience” food sources such as fast foods, which are the opposite of superfoods. Superfoods are foods that contain significantly higher qualities of:
Not to mention they contain many more health-boosting, anti-aging, and disease-fighting agents. Some superfoods may just be everyday whole foods that you’ve likely tried before- like broccoli and blueberries! Other superfood sources are more exotic, either grown locally or in the rainforests of South America or Asia. For example, Raw Cacao powder is one of my favorite easy superfoods to add to water, coffee, tea, oatmeal or smoothies.
Remember, raw cacao powder is different from the common “cocoa” most of us grew up with. Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavonoids (the ingredients that help keep you young and healthy). A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through common “Dutch processing”.
Dutch processing was originally developed in the early 19th Century to reduce the bitterness, darken the color, and create a more mellow flavor to chocolate, but unfortunately also eliminated a bunch of the goodness! Raw Cacao, on the other hand, refers to the Theobroma Cacao trees, which is found in its purest form and known to carry numerous health benefits. My favorite part about Raw Cacao is its distinct chocolatey smell and bitter taste that makes this superfood a perfect ingredient to add to my smoothie.
By the way, here’s the evidence based on the most common health benefits of Raw Cacao powder:
The highest plant-based, non-constipation Iron source and is great for energy.
Promotes weight loss by balancing blood sugar and cortisol levels.
Prevents cancer due to giant antioxidant properties… 40x more than blueberries.
Anti-inflammatory- excellent source for pain and inflammation.
Super rich in Magnesium, which prevents heart diseases.
More calcium than milk and other sources to strengthen bones.
A natural mood elevator and anti-depressant due to neurotransmitter properties such serotonin, tyrosine, tryptophan, and phenylethylamine.
Great for digestive problems such as constipation, GERD, IBS and IBD.
Excellent natural source to detox your intestines.
Promotes a healthy gut due to high fiber.
High in numerous nutrients, low in calories, but packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
Try to get four teaspoons of raw cacao powder daily to eliminate sugar cravings and increase energy!
Keep up the good work.
Dr. Lena Fernandez