Food For Thought

  • Are Cacao and Cocoa the Same?

    Have you ever thought about where chocolate comes from?
    Maybe it never crossed your mind. Let’s face it—we aren’t going to be planting “chocolate” trees in our backyard anytime soon.

    Chocolate has an interesting origin. It is made from cacao seeds that come from the Theobroma tree. Theobroma is the Latin name for cacao, which translates to “food of the gods”.

  • Raw Foods vs Cooked, Which is Better?

    Benefits of Eating Raw Foods

    • Raw foods may be better for mental health. Research has shown that higher intakes of raw fruit and vegetables, compared to cooked or canned, in young adults was associated with significant higher mental health outcomes, including:
      • Decreased depressive symptoms
      • Higher mood
      • Higher life satisfaction

    Eating cooked and canned fruit and vegetables was associated with an increased positive mood only.

    This study found that the top 10 foods related to better mental health were carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens like spinach, grapefruit, lettuce, citrus fruits, fresh berries, cucumber, and kiwifruit (all raw eaten raw!!).

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