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By David Wolfe (davidwolfe.com) author of Naked Chocolate
1. Chocolate is actually a nut! All chocolate is made from the large seed (nut) of the cacao fruit. This nut is called the cacao bean or cocoa bean. It is about the size of an almond and contains proteins and oils, yet no sugar. Cacao is pronounced [ka-kow].
2. Chocolate is a weight-loss food. Chocolate is the number one appetite suppressant of any natural food. This is why all diet fads always include some kind of chocolate snack. Producers of these foods would include chocolate even if people did not love it because chocolate is such a powerful appetite suppressant. Special note: the dairy milk and sugars added to some chocolate products are fattening and should be avoided. This is why I only recommend pure raw chocolate products and cacao beans.
The daily wage of a porter in central Mexico was 100 cacao beans, which puts into perspective the following partial list of commodity prices in the city of Tlaxcala, from a Aztec document circa 1545:
5. Chocolate nuts (cacao beans) are actually good for your teeth and your bones. Chocolate is an extraordinary source of phosphorous and magnesium which are essential to health teeth and bones. The consumption of chocolate products improves oral health and decreases cavities. Research has shown that the chemical theobromine in cacao kills the organisms that cause cavities and helps to prevent tooth decay.
6. Chocolate is a health food! Chocolate is the richest dietary source of the mineral magnesium found in any common food. Magnesium is an alkaline mineral that helps keep the body flexible and free of waste products. Cacao beans are the richest source of antioxidants of any major food. Cacao beans have ten times more antioxidants than blueberries, twenty times more than red wine and thirty times more than green tea!