Cacao, Theobroma cacao
Cacao is an evergreen tree in the Malvaceae family and native to deep tropical regions of Central and South America. The seeds of the Cacao fruit are inside a pod and then made into chocolate through an intricate process.
Cacao (Theobroma cacao) comes from the Greek words for “food of the gods”; from theos, meaning “god,” and broma, meaning “food”.
- Cacao is extremely high in antioxidants and may help prevent heart disease.
- Cacao has Theobromine that is a stimulant and also helps relax muscles, dilate blood vessels and decrease blood pressure.
- Cacao has anandamide which is a cannabinoid that helps the body utilize serotonin and create bliss sensations in the body, also giving an anti-stress reaction.