An herbalist explains the benefits of cacao | Plant-Based

An herbalist explains the benefits of cacao | Plant-Based

August 11, 2019 6 By William Morgan


– Actually, that’s really good.
(laughing)
(soft music)
I’m going to talk to
you about cacao today.
Cacao is something that’s
gotten really popular
in the wellness world.
We know it as a superfood,
it’s used in ceremonies,
and it’s even being snorted
as a party drug.
But I’m gonna break
down what exactly it is,
why exactly it’s good for you,
and then take you through a recipe
that’s something that you can have
anytime you feel like
you need to calm down,
mellow out, and head into
a good night’s sleep.
Cacao actually comes from a tree
and the Latin name for
that tree is Theobroma.
Theobroma translates
to “food of the gods,”
so we can see how, throughout history,
this tree and it’s fruit
has been really revered as special.
(beeping)
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Cacao is very nutrient dense;
the reputation of a superfood
is really warranted.
It’s high in antioxidants,
it’s very equivalent
to fruit, in that way,
so a serving of cacao is equivalent to
a serving of blueberries,
in terms of the antioxidant quantity.
You also see magnesium, potassium,
and the magnesium is really special
in that magnesium can be great
for helping us relax,
so Epson salt baths,
Magnesium supplements for anxiety,
it’s really a great nutrient
for calming the body.
Cacao is also high in healthy fat.
Cocoa butter is essentially a pure fat
that can be really good for all the things
that we need from healthy fat;
so keeping energy level,
keeping blood sugar stable,
keeping us satiated and feeling good.
Cacao also has alkaloids that
interact with different neurotransmitters
in our body and help us feel good,
so it’s not a myth, it’s
not just in your mind
that cacao makes you feel good.
Lots of people ask, “Is
there caffeine in cacao?”
“Is it going to keep me up at night?”
And the truth is,
there’s a tiny bit of caffeine in cacao.
Typically, it’s less than 1%, though,
so it’s very, very, very little,
and generally, it doesn’t affect people
as much as the idea that there is caffeine
or something stimulating about the cacao.
I, for one, am a huge fan
of cacao and dark chocolate before bed,
and have never had any trouble,
and I’m really sensitive to caffeine.
It’s going to be person to person,
but I would strongly encourage you
to give it a shot.
Try cacao when you want to calm down
and see how you feel.
For this relaxing dark chocolate recipe,
we’re going to start with
a cup of cacao butter,
which we’re going to
melt in a double boiler,
or, in this case, a mixing bowl over a pot
of boiling water.
Once it’s melted, we’ll
take it off the heat
and whisk in 1/3 of a cup, or less,
of maple syrup.
I like to use as little as possible
and add in more as I need.
One cup of raw cacao powder.
Here, I will also use as much as possible.
For me that might end up
being a cup and a half.
One teaspoon of vanilla extract.
1/8 of a teaspoon of sea salt.
I’m also adding in a little bit of this
calming tincture.
So this is a glycerin based tincture
with a blend of different
nervous system soothing herbs.
Stir everything until it’s well combined,
and then you can pour
it onto a cookie sheet
lined with wax paper.
Sprinkle on top any of the toppings
that you want to add;
rose petals, candied
ginger, lavender florets,
sea salt, cayenne, the
sky’s the limit here.
Freeze it until it’s solid,
which only takes about fifteen minutes,
and store it in the fridge
until you’re ready to eat it.
Alright, so it’s the moment of truth.
Actually, that’s really good.
(laughing)
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