Pure cocoa (roasted cacao) is loaded with nutrients and endorphins. Magnesium helps to balance brain chemistry, build strong bones and joints, reduce risks of diabetes and hypertension, and support heart health. Cocoa also contains sulfur compounds that strengthen hair and nails, improve skin condition, and help to detoxify the liver. The antioxidants in cocao help to improve circulation and regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, leading to reduced risk of stroke or heart attack.
Pure chocolate is also an excellent "mood food". Besides the uplifting flavor, chocolate contains endorphins that create a natural "high". Chocolate also contains neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which promote relaxation and feelings of well-being.
Raw cacao has all the same health benefits as cocoa (roasted cacao), but with even higher concentrations of nutrients and antioxidants. Magnesium helps to balance brain chemistry, build strong bones and joints, reduce risks of diabetes and hypertension, and support heart health. The sulfur compounds in raw cacao help to strengthen hair and nails, improve skin condition, and detoxify the liver. The antioxidants in raw cacao help to improve circulation and regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, leading to reduced risk of stroke or heart attack.
Like roasted chocolate, raw chocolate is a wonderful "mood food", containing endorphins and neurotransmitters such as serotonin that produce natural feelings of relaxation and euphoria.
Much study remains to be done on the health benefits of Vanilla. In terms of nutrition, Vanilla contains important minerals. Magnesium is vital to the health of nerves, bones, and muscles including the heart. Potassium likewise improves nerve and muscle function and plays an important role in heart health. Vanilla also contains manganese, a mineral energy-booster.
Vanillin is a compound found in Vanilla, which has shown some benefit in treatment of cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Aromatherapy tests, performed at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Society, have shown that the scent of Vanilla reduces stress and improves mood.
The Brazil nut is celebrated for its rich flavor and creamy texture when ground. These delicious qualities result from the Brazil nut's high content of healthy unsaturated fat; among the highest healthy fat contents of any nut. Even small amounts of unsaturated fat in the diet can reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, leading to a healthier circulatory system. Brazil nuts are rich in vitamins including vitamin E and B-complex vitamins. Finally, Brazil nuts provide important minerals including potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese and selenium. Brazil nuts provide the highest concentration of selenium of any food. Selenium protects cells against free radicals, and is crucial to thyroid health. Selenium consumption has been strongly linked with cancer cell reduction.
Honey adds not only sweetness, but a flavor all its own. Natural honey tastes delicious, provides quick energy and acts as a natural preservative.
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat Honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. Modern studies have verified the wisdom of this practice; Honey helps maintain glycogen levels and improves recovery time better than other sweeteners. Honey also contains flavonoids: a class of antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
Yacon is a sweet-tasting root vegetable grown in South America. The sweet flavor results from a sugar called inulin. Inulin tastes sweet but, unlike ordinary sugar, inulin is not readily digestible by humans. In effect, it has almost no calories and does not cause a "sugar rush". Thus, Yacon syrup is a good sweetener for some people who wish to avoid the health effects of refined sugar. Yacon is not "sugar free", instead it is considered a natural reduced sugar or low sugar sweetener.
Because it is more or less ignored by the body, inulin from Yacon syrup is safe for consumption by some diabetic patients with poor sugar tolerance. If you are diabetic, confirm with your doctor that chocolate with Yacon syrup is a good choice for you.
Besides being a "safe sugar", the inulin in Yacon is believed to offer multiple health benefits. Inulin may help with digestion while promoting beneficial bacteria in your digestive system and inhibiting harmful organisms. In one study of obese pre-menopausal women, a daily intake of Yacon syrup produced a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index.
Agave Nectar is a low-glycemic sweetener, and because it is extracted and filtered at low temperatures, it's also a raw food.
Agave "nectar" is, technically, a syrup derived from the juice of the agave plant. It's a natural product high in fructose (aka "fruit sugar"). Agave syrup is sweeter-tasting than table suger, but has a much lower glycemic index. Unlike honey, high-fructose corn syrup, table sugar, and maltodextrin, Agave syrup doesn't cause a "sugar rush". This makes Agave nectar a safe sweetener for consumption by some diabetic patients with poor sugar tolerance. If you are diabetic, confirm with your doctor that Agave nectar is a good choice for you.
Xylitol, an organic product derived from birch sap, allows for natural sweetness without sugar.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener which can be derived from many sources including corn husks, mushrooms and berries. We use an organic Xylitol product derived from birch sap. Xylitol is a "sugar alcohol" which is about as sweet as sucrose, but with 1/3 less calories and a much lower glycemic index. Unlike sugar, Xylitol does not ferment. Xylitol does not promote tooth decay or bacterial growth; in fact, a diet high in Xylitol has proven benefits for dental health. Xylitol can actually "starve" harmful bacteria! (Note that Rejuvenative Foods' products do not contain enough Xylitol to achieve this benefit.)
Because of its low glycemic index, Xylitol is safe for consumption by some diabetic patients with poor sugar tolerance. If you are diabetic, confirm with your doctor that chocolate with Xylitol is a good choice for you.
Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts. Unlike all other nuts, almonds contain alkaline-forming proteins. This counteracts acidic body chemistry which can lead to osteoporosis, immune trouble, low energy and weight gain. Almonds are a good source of phosphorus, which helps to build and maintain strong teeth and bones. The flavonoids found in almond skins work in conjunction with Vitamin E, to protect artery walls and reduce risk of heart disease. Almonds also contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity. Almonds have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels, and diets including almonds have been found to help prevent weight gain. Almonds also act as a buffer against sudden changes in blood sugar and insulin after meals.