Cacao and Human Health
Cacao: The Secret Behind Healthy Chocolate
Most people love chocolate. We love its flavor, its aroma, its texture. In fact, we love it so much that over a billion people eat chocolate every day. Surprisingly, however, many of us don’t realize that at the heart of chocolate is a little bean called cacao.
Cacao comes from a tree whose origins date back thousands of years to the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica. These ancient cultures used the cacao bean as the main ingredient in a bitter, health-promoting beverage called xocoatl. This beverage was revered for its nourishing qualities and ability to enhance energy and stamina for long periods of time. This xocoatl wasn’t just a favorite food for the ancient Mesoamericans—it also played an important role in their religions, social interactions and economies.
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