Cacao, the main ingredient in chocolate, also provides most of the associated health benefits. What makes raw chocolate so special?
Cacao contains a load of vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E) and minerals (particularly magnesium and manganese), essential heart-healthy oils (such as oleic acid widely known as Omega 9), protein and fibre. It also contains phytochemicals (flavonoids, polyphenols) which, as medical studies have repeatedly proven, have significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Cacao is believed to improve memory and mood, reduce the risk of heart disease, boost immunity and increase energy. It has a positive impact on mental health and makes one both look and feel great.
While raw chocolate remains a luxury gourmet food for many people, for those with dietary restrictions it is a necessity. This is true for people with lactose intolerance which make them have to avoid milk, butter, cheese and sour cream.