Cacao (raw chocolate and chocolate in general!) is the #1 antioxidant food in the world, cacao is extraordinarily rich in the minerals that we require to fight stress (magnesium, iron, chromium, zinc, copper, manganese, and phosphorus). Cacao contains some of the best soluble fiber of any food, and cacao contains the bliss chemical anandamide (PEA).
In 1996, just a little over a decade after the discovery of neurotransmitter PEA compounds (love chemicals) in chocolate, researchers discovered the bliss chemical “anandamide” in chocolate. And, as far as I know, chocolate is the only food to contain anandamide. Anandamide is an endogenous ligand that your body produces when you feel a workout “high.” It is a natural pleasure molecule that fits into the cannabinoid receptor sites of the cells of the nervous system. Anandamide has been associated with improving motivation and increasing pleasure. A study published in July 1998 indicated that anandamide inhibits human breast cancer cells.
What is the underlying message of anandamide? Follow your bliss chemical and eat more chocolate!