- Cacao Powder was once so revered by the ancient Mayan and
Aztec civilizations for its power as a food that it was used instead
of gold as money. What is important to understand is that as raw
chocolate in its purest form, it does not have an
acceptable taste on its own. Toward that end, most of the
chocolate most Americans consume is cooked and so processed
and so covered up with sugars and other taste enhancers that its
many benefits are negated.
While cacao may not have specific performance enhancing
properties like some of the others foods I mixed it with, it, when
viewed as a food, in its raw form, it is loaded with vital nutrients. It
is the highest natural source of iron, magnesium and chromium.
This not to mention that it has the highest concentration of
antioxidants of any food in the world. In addition, it is the only food
that contains the endorphin Anandamide that relaxes the body
after exercise. As such, it was my nightly RAW chocolate bar that
rewarded me well for some of the punishment I pushed myself
through. This can be further illustrated by the fact that for 40
years, starting in the 1930’s, heart attack sufferers were injected
with theobromine, the smooth muscle relaxant found in chocolate
that also dilates blood vessels.