With Easter around the corner, many of us are looking forward to spending time with loved ones and devouring some delicious chocolate. While chocolate has many unique benefits, many of us are a little worried that overindulging will result in skin outbreaks and stomach upset. Chocolate, especially the dark, bitter and raw variations, is actually regarded universally a SUPER FOOD which is well known for promoting optimal health. In fact, the word ‘chocolate’ is said to come from the Mayan word ‘xocolatl’ which means ‘bitter water.’ It is said that the Mayans first discovered cocoa as early as 900-AD and it was originally consumed as a beverage in its traditional raw form ‘cacao’. Drinking hot cacao mixed with vanilla or spices was used as a spiritual practice that could help elevate mood, increase energy and act as an aphrodisiac – (try mixing a teaspoon of our soon to be released, ‘Love’ Adaptogen Blend with your next hot cacao). In fact, the Aztec king Montezuma was rumoured to drink 50 cups a day because of its stimulating properties and would drink an extra cup when seeking female companionship. Nowadays, raw chocolate is often incorporated into beauty treatments.
With so many amazing benefits, it poses the question, ‘why are we so afraid of chocolate when Easter comes around each year?’ The answer is that chocolate is now more commonly served as an adulterated sweet treat rather than its original bitter form. With all of the added sugar and dairy, chocolate is now known to be quite addictive for those who have a sweet tooth and can cause the previously mentioned issues such as acne and digestive upset. As chocolate has too many advantages to simply dismiss, here is a closer look at raw chocolate and why it can be enjoyed this Easter season.
Why is Raw Chocolate (cacao) a superfood?
Cacao classifies as a superfood because it is filled to the brim with nutrients and is extremely beneficial for health and well-being. Not only is cacao filled with fibre, which keeps us regular, it also can assist with muscle and nerve function. The beans contain flavonoids which are a type of antioxidants. Antioxidants assist with the break down of free radicals, which if left to their devices can accelerate ageing, induce inflammation and contribute to some diseases. As we all want to reduce the signs of ageing, a cup of hot cacao can be enjoyed to help achieve optimum health and vitality.
Enjoy a Guilt-Free Indulgence
Contrary to popular belief, indulging can be a good thing. Raw chocolate is a known mood enhancer so is perfect to share and enjoy with family & friends. As stress is known to promote free radicals and increase the signs of ageing, enjoying a dark chocolatey treat is known to boost our endorphin levels which is beneficial to our health and wellbeing.
If breakouts occur
If you have tucked into your kid’s chocolate eggs and your skin is paying for it, there is no need to despair. Breakouts can occur from time to time and that is just life! A great way to repair your skin is with, you guessed it, cacao! Our Cacao and Banana Face Glow Mask is the perfect way to nourish, hydrate and soothe your skin after indulging. Our Laurel Blemish Treatment Serum is also a great way to spot treat breakouts with its 100% whole plant organic ingredients. For those who love to get creative in the kitchen, boost the skin with a DIY face scrub by mixing cacao nibs, sugar, coffee beans and sweet almond oil.
As you can see, raw chocolate has so many amazing health benefits. Banishing free radicals is just one of them with the added bonus of optimising our energy levels, acting as an aphrodisiac, enhancing our well-being, as well as nourishing and protecting our skin.
So don't be shy, just keep calm & eat the chocolate.