The Top 5 Health Benefits of Raw Chocolate


Considered perhaps “the healthiest food on the planet,” raw chocolate has a slew of health benefits. As long ago as 600 A.D., symbols of cacao pods were carved into palace walls to represent life and fertility. Even in today’s modern times, it’s easy to understand why other civilizations referred to it as the “food of the Gods.”

For example, many health experts refer to it as a powerhouse of pure goodness that boosts mental and overall health. Renowned author David Wolfe agrees and in his book, Naked Chocolate (affiliate link on Amazon), he thoroughly describes the benefits of raw chocolate, which include everything from improved heart health to increased mental clarity.

Additionally, many raw food advocates have a bevy of raw chocolate recipes (free video series) that allow people to easily make their own delicious snacks.

Before we take a closer look at its health benefits, let’s first take a look at what is meant by raw chocolate.

What is the Definition of Raw Chocolate?

Raw chocolate is simply chocolate that is not processed. Just as some people opt to eat vegetables in their raw form by buying them as fresh as possible and not heating them, the principal is the same for raw chocolate. It’s simply chocolate that is enjoyed in a much purer form than the likes of candy bars and other commercial-grade chocolates that are highly processed. Many times, the seeds from cacao beans have been treated and altered with added sugars and fats. However, raw chocolate is just as it sounds: it’s chocolate in its pure, raw, unroasted, naked form 🙂

Cacao pods grow on trees primarily in Mexico, Central and South America. The pods contain seeds, or beans, which are removed and then naturally fermented and dried. The resulting raw cacao bean retains essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are otherwise compromised in other chocolate-producing methods like those found in candy aisle milk chocolates. Even chocolates in those same aisles that are organic or have a high cacao percentage may be missing out on the health benefits that raw chocolate extends.

The Amazing Health Benefits of Raw Chocolate

May Reduce Risk of Cancer

Because raw chocolate is extremely high in antioxidants, it’s believed to play a role in eliminating free radicals from the body which can inhibit cancer cell growth.

Lowers Bad Cholesterol

High cholesterol, which has been linked to increased levels of blood pressure and heart problems, may be lowered thanks to the amount of healthy fats in raw chocolate. The cacao bean contains 54% fat, but not to worry. They are the good kinds of fats and are distributed across a variety including oleic acid and stearic acid.

Boosts Mood and Brain Function

A combination of non-addictive stimulants and elements such as alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene and lysine work together to boost the brain’s neurotransmitters. This means that mood, memory and energy are restored and depression and lethargy is diminished.

Improves Digestion

The high fiber content in raw chocolate leads to improved digestion and development of digestive enzymes.

Reduces Blood Pressure and Improves Circulation

Flavanols, theobromine (a non-addictive stimulant), and several other properties in raw chocolate contribute to lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. They all work together to strengthen and dilate blood vessels, ensuring proper blood flow and function.

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A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well. (