After drinking Shakeology for two years, I am ashamed to admit that I had no idea what was in it.
When I first started drinking it, I had been told that it was good for me and it would be a game changer in my health journey. I was told it would help me lose weight, but that is just one benefit from drinking this amazing shake.
So, I started drinking it. Yes, I saw the effects. I had more energy. My skin was softer. I didn’t have to take 8-10 stool softeners a day. My hair and nails were growing really fast. I wasn’t depressed anymore.
The benefits of drinking Shakeology are amazing to me and well worth the money I save each month to make sure I am NEVER without it! I decided I wanted to know more about the ingredients.
This week’s Shakeology Ingredient Spotlight is Cacao. Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy). A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through common “Dutch processing”. (frombegoodorganics.com)
Some of the amazing health benefits are:
1- It has 40 times the antioxidants than blueberries. That’s truly amazing!
2- If you are on a plant based or vegan diet and looking for a great source of iron, than CACAO is for you! Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. To get the full benefits of it, make sure to combine it with a vitamin C source.
3- Cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.
4- Cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk. I would never have guessed this one. 🙂 It has 160mg per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk.
5- Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. A natural, healthy, delicious (and legal) way to get your happy buzz on.
Just 5 more reasons for me to drink my Shakeology every day.
I challenge you to get your hands on some raw organic cacao and add it to your life this week. Let me know how you add it. 🙂