Maca – The Miracle Ingredient

August 13 benefits, darkchocolate, health, maca, superfood Comment

K'ul Chocolate Maca & Fruit bar

Here at K’ul Chocolate we are always searching for and experimenting with new ingredients for our bars. Our Maca & Fruit bar is the perfect example of this. We set out to create a superfood bar that was full of anti-oxidants and ended up with something so much more.

Let's start with the chocolate. As you may know, all of our bars are made with 70% dark chocolate. Why? Because chocolate is the perfect superfood base with a GI rating of 23. 


What is GI?

Athletes need carbs, but not all carbs are created equally or perhaps digested equally. Dark chocolate is a smart carb that can fuel activity for the long-term, not just the short-term. You may have heard of the Glycemic Index or GI. This index is important for people with diabetes as it rates how quickly foods are released into your blood stream. Awareness of this index is also very beneficial to athletes. The Glycemic Index is based on glycogen, which is the body's storage form of carbohydrates.  Low GI foods can improve your health and your athletic performance, because they are absorbed slower. Basically, lower GI means slower absorption resulting in a longer, steadier supply of energy – no sugar rush, no crash.

The sugar particles in our chocolate are ground down to under 20 microns and held in a suspension of cocoa butter crystals and cocoa solids. It is because of this that you are able to acquire sustained energy from K'ul Chocolate. The cocoa butter helps our chocolate travel through your system at a steady and consistent rate. This means no spikes and more sustainable energy compared to most simple carbohydrates which are metabolized rapidly with amyl acid in the saliva.

So now you understand why we chose dark chocolate for the base of all our bars. Now let's talk about the fruit in this bar. When you eat our Maca & Fruit bar you enjoy the taste of cranberries, cherries, pomegranates, and raspberries. There are too many benefits from these fruits to list them all, but here are some highlights:

  • High in antioxidants

  • High in vitamins A and C

  • Boost the immune system

  • Prevent UTIs

  • Protect the cardiovascular system

  • Support bone health

  • Natural anti-inflammatory

  • Great for muscle recovery and performance


While crafting this bar, we discovered maca powder and were blown away by the benefits of this miracle ingredient. So what is Maca? Maca is a relative of the radish and grows in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Maca has been used in herbal medicine for over 3,000 years and there are plenty of reasons why. Here are some of the health issues Maca is known to help with:

  • Anemia

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Female Hormone Imbalance

  • Menstrual Problems

  • Symptoms of Menopause

  • Osteoporosis

  • Depression

  • Stomach Cancer

  • Leukemia

  • Tuberculosis

  • Erectile Dysfunction


And here are some of the health benefits you can gain by eating Maca:

  • Enhanced Energy

  • Increased Stamina

  • Improved Athletic Performance

  • Enhanced Fertility

  • Improved Memory

  • Boosted Immune System

  • Balanced Mood

  • Better Skin


This is just the tip of the maca iceberg. By combining this miracle ingredient with our 70% dark chocolate and a variety of fruits we have created an ultimate superfood concoction. This bar is not only incredibly good for you, it’s also incredibly tasty. Maca & Fruit is definitely one of our favorites so go try one!

 


Posted by K'ul Team

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