Chocolate - The Original Superfood
July 22 chocolate, mayan, superfood Comment
Chocolate is not candy. Chocolate is food – a superfood.
Long ago around 1800 B.C., way before the internet or the organic food craze, the ancient mesoamericans regarded chocolate as a superfood. They used it to heal, to energize, and to cleanse. The Mayans referred to it as the “food of the gods”. It was used in ceremonies, became a form of currency, and is believed to have been reserved for the elite as it held such a high value.
Our name K’ul comes from the ancient Mayan word which stands for energy. Good energy is what all of our bars are crafted to provide. Our mission is to bring chocolate back to its roots as a healthy, nutritious, guilt-free and choc-full of benefits superfood.
Chocolate was revered for its healing qualities. The key is the cacao. Bars with a higher percentage of cacao provide more of the superfood benefits than bars with lower a percentage. The more pure the chocolate, the healthier it is.
At K’ul Chocolate we keep our bars at 70% - a percentage known to provide a good range of the natural health benefits.
Recent research has uncovered that eating dark chocolate can actually have a positive impact on your health. For example eating a proper amount of dark chocolate every day can:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Give you energy
- Prevent Arteriosclerosis
- Increase blood flow to your brain
- Improve cognitive functioning
- Reduce the risk of stroke
- Improve your mood
- Help control your blood sugar
- Improve skin health
- Make you smarter
- Lower the risk of cancer
- Slow the signs of aging
- Pump you full of antioxidants
- Suppress coughs
- Strengthen tooth enamel
- Help prevent diabetes
- Improve digestion
- Reduce stress
- Boost potassium, iron, copper, and magnesium
According to the USDA dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, just as rich if not more so than super fruits. Antioxidants are thought to be effective in helping to prevent cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Basically the higher the cacao percentage the more antioxidants.
Here are a few more bits of research about the power of dark chocolate:
- A recent study showed that after just two weeks of eating dark chocolate, the arteries of flavonoid-rich chocolate eaters dilated by about 13 percent more than non-eaters; increasing their blood flow significantly.
- Study participants who ate a candy bar’s worth of dark chocolate once a day for 15 days saw their potential for insulin resistance drop by nearly 50%.
- Swiss scientists found that when very anxious people ate 1.5oz of dark chocolate every day for 2 weeks, their stress hormone levels were significantly reduced and the metabolic effects of stress were partially mitigated.
- London researchers discovered that after 3 months of eating dark chocolate with high levels of flavanols, their study subjects’ skin took twice as long to develop the reddening effect of a burn.
- A University of Nottingham researcher found that drinking cocoa rich in flavanols boosts blood flow to key parts of the brain for 2-3 hours, which could improve performance and alertness in the short term.
- Other researchers from Oxford University and Norway looked at chocolate’s long-term effects on the brain by studying the diets of more than 2,000 people over age 70. They found that those who consumed flavanol-rich dark chocolate, wine, or tea scored significantly higher on cognitive tests than those who didn’t.
- One study found that chocolate quieted coughs almost as well as codeine, but without any of codeine’s negative side effects, thanks to the theobromine the chocolate contains.
- The British Medical Journal has recently published research claiming that eating up to 100 grams of chocolate a day could lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
- According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, consumption of foods rich in cocoa can reduce blood pressure.
If these health benefits aren’t convincing enough for you to incorporate more dark chocolate into your daily diet we can assure you that the flavor of K’ul will help sway you.