WHY RAW ?
'Raw' food refers to uncooked and unprocessed food. Heating food above approximately 118F causes chemical and molecular changes within the substance that is being cooked. Including changes such as the creation of acidic toxins, carcinogens, mutagens and free-radicals, of which are often associated with diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. www.rawfoodlife.com
Because it has not been cooked, or otherwise excessively heated according to conventional methods, raw cacao (and other raw roods) are exceptionally nutrient dense. They are rocket fuel for the body. Raw foods are rich in living enzymes (cooking at high temp kills enzymes). Enzymes aid the breakdown of foods during metabolism, and provide your body with more energy. www.rawpeople.com
Chemically speaking, raw cacao is a different substance than chocolate exposed to high cooking temperatures.
WHY ORGANICALLY GROWN ?
'Organically grown' refers to ingredients that are free of toxic and poisonous fertilizers, pesticides, and other harmful synthetic compounds commonly used within modern agriculture production. Organically grown foods and ingredients are 80%-300% more nutritionally dense than conventionally produced foods – they're loaded with electrons/energy. As your body adapts to absorb this additional nutrition and energy, you'll be less hungry, getting more energy from what you do eat, and eat less. www.rawfoodlife.com
Organically grown food has countless benefits for your own body and mind, as well as for those who grow and produce our food.
Choosing 'organically grown' is an immediate way to improve and protect the quality of our air, water and soil. For or everyone.
* ORGANICALLY GROWN
RAW CACAO* All chocolate comes from the theobroma cacao plant. Raw cacao means raw 'chocolate'. However, because it has not been cooked or exposed to high temperatures, when chocolate is raw, it is a very different substance, chemically speaking, when compared to conventional 'regular' chocolate, commonly found throughout the market place. Raw cacao benefits diabetics as a safe food since it raises blood sugar less than almost any other food. It even raises insulin sensitivity. Unlike processed dark chocolate, antioxidants are preserved in raw cacao. Out of all the whole foods that contain antioxidants, raw chocolate contains ten times more antioxidants than red wine, green tea or blueberries... Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, the heart and cardiovascular system and improves peristalsis in the bowels. The cacao antioxidants have been clinically proven to dissolve plaque built up in arteries, which aids in reversing heart diseaseand lowers blood pressure... The bad things commonly attributed to non-raw chocolate bars, such as cavities, weight gain and diabetes, are caused by the dairy, sugar and others fillers added to the dark chocolate.www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com A neurotransmitter called anandamide (n-arachidonoylethanolamine) has been isolated in cacao in quantities significant enough to affect the brain. Anandamide is a cannabinoid naturally found in the human brain, it is known "the bliss chemical" because it is released while we are feeling great. Cacao, being an MAO inhibitor, produces more serotonin and other neurotransmitterssuch as anandamide, dopamine, etc. to circulate in the brain. www.shamansgarden.com
RAW VIRGIN COCONUT OIL* An extremely subtle flavor, does not create a strong coconut taste in the cacao. Multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60 percent of their total caloric intake from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease... All saturated fats are not created equal. Nearly 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, a "miracle" compound because of its unique health promoting properties. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Coconut oil is nature's richest source of medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are long-chain triglycerides or LCTs... MCTs are smaller molecules that are easily digested and immediately burned by your liver for energy - like carbohydrates, but without the insulin spike. MCTs boost your metabolism and help your body use fat for energy, helping you become leaner... Coconut oil helps optimize body weight, which can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Besides weight loss, boosting your metabolic rate will improve your energy, accelerate healing and improve your overall immune function. Several studies have shown that MCTs enhance physical or athletic performance... Coconut oil is incredibly good for your heart. The truth is this: it is unsaturated fats that are primarily involved in heart disease and too much sugar and processed foods, not the naturally occurring saturated fats, as you have been led to believe. www.huffingtonpost.com
BIRCH TREE SUGAR (aka xylitol) Xylitol, also known as 'birch sugar', is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol, commonly found in hard wood tress. The human body also naturally produces xylitol. It has 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbs than refined white sugar. Xylitol is 7 on the glycemic index (which measures the impact of food on blood sugar levels), compared to cane sugar's glycemic index of 100. It occurs naturally, in fruits and vegetables, and in our bodies, where we make both xylitol and the enzymes to digest it... Xylitol has a negligible impact on blood sugar and insulin levels. This means that unlike sugar, there are no roller coaster effects on your energy or your mood, no cravings for more sweets and carbohydrates and no adrenal fatigue, weight gain, or increase in cortisol levels. Xylitol helps keep you hormonally balanced through its insulin stabilization factors...
RAW GOJI BERRY POWDER*Goji berries are rich in antioxidants, particularly carotenoids such as beta carotene and zeaxanthin. Carotenoids help protect the retina of the eye and improve eye sight. Goji berries aid in boosting the immune system helping us stay healthy... The polysaccharides in goji berries work with the pituitary gland to stimulate and release HGH, the Human Growth Hormone. HGH, controls hormones and can even reverse the effects of aging. Goji berries have a high ORAC value, which assists in preventing oxidation and in preserving the cells thereby preventing aging... Research has shown that goji berries are exceedingly good for enhancing fertility and sexual function, particularly in men. With their high vitamin and mineral content, goji berries also reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. www.bewellbuzz.com
RAW MESQUITE POWDER* Mesquite balances blood sugar levels. The flour is an excellent form of fiber - meeting almost a quarter of daily needs in two tablespoons - which improves digestion and further benefits sugar metabolism... It is an excellent source of protein, contains high quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, and is rich in the amino acid lysine. www.nutritionfriend.com
RAW MACA* Maca has long been used to increase stamina, boost libido, and combat fatigue. A superb adaptogen, it enables the body to adapt to and regulate stress factors. Maca is a highly nutrient-dense whole food, powerful for athletes and those looking to combat stress and increase stamina. www.navitasnaturals.com
cumulative benefits of ingredients may include
strengthened immune system via antioxidant-rich & nutrient-dense ingredients
raised metabolism ~ greater stamina ~ mental focus & clarity
better regulation of stress ~ balanced blood sugar levels
natural stimulation of human growth hormone
improved libido ~ prevention of tooth decay ~ lower blood pressure
increased release of serotonin, dopamine & endorphins
This doesn't happen with o'cacao. I feel a calm sustainable energy, and after eating o'cacao for several days, my skin looks noticeably brighter and clearer."