Posted on September 07, 2015 by Melanie Brown
I love chocolate and boy was I over the moon when my children came back from their recent holidays with a box of assorted chocolates just for me.
Everyone told me that I couldn’t have it as it wasn’t good for me. Not only would it be bad for my waist line but it would be bad for my skin.
Chocolate has always had a bad reputation when it comes to the skin. I remember when I was growing up and people would comment on how I would break out in spots if I ate it. However, that fell on deaf ears.
Eating raw chocolate or cacao is not as bad as many people think. When it is raw, it is in an unprocessed form which means that it is great for the skin as well as the body.
Chocolate only becomes a problem when huge amounts of sugar is added to it.
The great news is that chocolate in its raw state is a superfood. This is due to the fact that it is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and omega 3 essential fatty acids. These are rich nutrients for the skin.
It’s great for anti-aging as the antioxidants help to slow down the aging process by protecting the collagen.
Cacao contains polyphenols which improve the blood flow to the skin. This is important as it increases the delivery of oxygen and essential skin nutrients. When this occurs, the skin is left with a beautiful and healthy glowing complexion.
Cacao has more antioxidants than green tea or berries.
So what is the best way to have cacao?
The raw form should be in a powder and this can be added to porridge, smoothies, and desserts.
If you do crave for a bar of chocolate, like I often do, read the label to make sure that it contains at least 70% raw cacao to obtain the maximum benefits.
Think I just go and finish that box of chocolate now.