The Importance of Ceremonial Chocolate

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What exactly is “Ceremonial Chocolate?”

We as women tend to always crave chocolate. The media encourages it, we crave it, especially during certain times of our monthly cycle, society tells us to eat as much as we can, and doctors and medical journals tell us it can actually be good for us.

But what is “ceremonial chocolate” and why is it different than any other chocolate that we consume? First, raw cacao is a great source of polyphenols. These are antioxidants that are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, wine, etc. They help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and help maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Unfortunately, processed cocoa available in most stores and online are stripped of their natural superfood benefits. The cacao is heated to a high temperature and alkaline is often added to cut the bitterness. This can often take out as much as 60% of the antioxidant benefits! 

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