The Benefits of Drinking Cacao over Cocoa When Breastfeeding
Embracing the Health Benefits of Drinking Cacao Over Cocoa
So which is better for you, Cacao or Cocoa . Both promise a dose of chocolaty comfort, but when it comes to health benefits, cacao emerges as the star of the show. From enhancing your mood to nourishing your body with essential nutrients, here's why sipping on cacao instead of cocoa could be a game-changer for your well-being and why we choose it for our products.
Cacao: Elevating Your Sips to Supercharged Wellness
Antioxidant Intensity: Cacao reigns supreme when it comes to antioxidants. The minimal processing involved in transforming cacao beans into cacao powder preserves its remarkable antioxidant content, which includes flavonoids and polyphenols. These potent compounds are your body's allies in combating oxidative stress and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
Heartfelt Benefits: By opting for cacao-based drinks, you're treating your heart to a dose of love. The flavonoids present in cacao support healthy blood circulation, potentially lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of cardiovascular issues.
Elevated Mood, Naturally: Say goodbye to those gloomy days with a cup of cacao-infused joy. Cacao contains theobromine, a gentle stimulant that stimulates the release of endorphins – the "feel-good" hormones. This natural mood booster can uplift your spirits and provide a comforting sense of well-being.
Mineral Marvel: Sipping cacao means you're indulging in a mineral-rich elixir. Magnesium, iron, and potassium are just a few of the essential minerals present in cacao, contributing to muscle function, oxygen transport, and overall vitality.
Natural Energy Elixir: Need an energy boost without the caffeine jitters? Look no further than cacao. Theobromine provides sustained energy, making it an ideal choice for a midday pick-me-up without the subsequent crash.
Cocoa: The Processed Alternative
While cocoa might undergo some processing, it still has a place in your mug with its own set of benefits:
Digestive Friendliness: The alkalization process used to create cocoa can render it gentler on sensitive stomachs. This makes cocoa-based drinks a soothing option for those prone to digestive discomfort.
Familiar Comfort: Cocoa's taste and aroma are synonymous with comfort. A cup of hot cocoa can provide a sense of relaxation, warmth, and emotional satisfaction, making it the perfect choice for winding down.
Moderate Health Boost: Although processing may lead to a reduction in antioxidants, cocoa still contains valuable nutrients like fiber, iron, and minerals that contribute to your overall well-being.
The Decision: Cacao or Cocoa?
When it comes to choosing between cacao and cocoa for your beverages, your preference will largely depend on your health goals and taste preferences. If you're on a quest for unparalleled antioxidants, mood elevation, and a deeper flavour profile, cacao deserves a spot in your pantry. On the other hand, if you're seeking digestive comfort and a sense of soothing familiarity, cocoa can be your go-to.
Incorporating cacao or cocoa into your drinks isn't just about indulgence; it's about making a conscious choice for your health. Whether you're crafting a rich cup of hot cacao or savoring a mug of velvety cocoa, you're inviting a world of benefits into your daily routine. So, sip mindfully, relish every moment, and let your mug be a vessel of nourishment and pleasure.
Frequently asked questions about Cacao and breastfeeding
Will Cacao upset my baby?
Whilst it will provide a nice energy boost for mum, it also contains Tryptophan, an amino acid known for helping you get to sleep and stay asleep, as it helps naturally produce melatonin.
Why is Cacao god for breastfeeding Mothers?
As a natural energy booster, filled with antioxidants and essential minerals, this is the perfect addition to a new mother’s diet as her energy may be depleting and diet limited as she attends to her baby.
We understand how time-poor mothers can be, and their ability to look after themselves, therefore, we ensure all our products provide multiple benefits and are also nourishing. Cacao has the below benefits, and when combined with collagen, like that in our Lactation Hot Chocolate, it is the perfect drink for a busy mum.
- Antioxidants - Raw organic cacao has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400. ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals.
- Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron - Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. Iron deficiency is common in the 6 months to 3-year-olds.
- Source of Magnesium - Raw organic cacao is one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart helping convert glucose into energy enabling your child's brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.
- Tryptophan to help sleep- Tryptophan is the amino acid helping you get to sleep and stay asleep. Combined with low glycemic index carbohydrates it converts to melatonin in the brain. It takes just one hour for tryptophan to teach the brain and trigger sleep.
- More Calcium Than Cow’s Milk- Raw Organic Cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk, at 160 mg per 100g vs only 125 mg per 100 ml of milk.
- A Natural Mood Elevator - Cacao contains– serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with feelings of well-being, and happiness, and can even alleviate depression
Jordana Edwards is founder of Clean Tea Australia and The Breastfeeding Tea Co. Created in 2013 in collaboration with her naturopath mother, Jordana first sold Clean Tea at the markets in Byron Bay before growing her “little tea stall” into a multimillion dollar ecommerce global business.As the recipient of an astounding 5 awards at the 2020 Ausmumprenuer Awards, this business powerhouse has also been listed as one of the 2020 Remodista International “Women to Watch” in business disruption, as well as being a nominee as a Facebook “Community Leader” for her work training, mentoring and supporting women in business in her local and rural area.