How to Use Cocoa to Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer
Raw cocoa is one of the most amazing superfoods you could ever eat, and no wonder why it appears in so many recommended superfood lists that you find in nutrition books and in the Internet.
Raw cocoa is very rich in antioxidants which can reduce the incidence of several serious illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer and type-2 diabetes. Cocoa adds a great taste to smoothies and also makes them effective in fighting these serious health conditions.
Cocoa beans are native to South America and were used to make bitter drink by the Maya and Aztecs. The beans were also used for medical purposes and as offering in spiritual ceremonies. In the mid 1500s, cocoa beans were introduced to Europe by the Spaniards and they soon became a delicacy.
During the 17th century chocolate houses were established across Europe. Traditionally, cocoa was used in beverages, often mixed with spices such as vanilla and cinnamon, and sometimes with a sweetener such as honey. Later milk was included, and the start of modern chocolate drinks and confectionery began.
Cocoa and cacao – what is the difference?
The explanation to the difference between “cacao” and “cocoa” in not conclusive. Some sources claim that the word cacao comes from the Olmec people from what is now Mexico, and is believed to be the closest pronunciation to the original name of the plant.
It is actually widely believed that the word cocoa has its origins in a spelling mistake which was never corrected, and perhaps found easier to pronounce, and quite successfully overtook the correct form. In other words cocoa is the Angli Continue reading