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use cocoa powder to combat cravings

In must read blog posts, topics on July 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Cocoa powder is rich in bioflavanoids especially catechins. The bioflavanoids are “bioactive” meaning they have direct biological activity in the body. You can almost think of these as compounds that act as “food based hormones”. Some of the active compounds in cocoa powder include penylethylamine (PEA), anandamide, serotonin and other brain chemicals and activators. Cocoa serves to raise the levels of both dopamine and serotonin. This is huge given these are the most frequent cravings individuals have. Serotonin especially is closely related to eating behavior. PEA is a dopamine mimicker. Anandamide had been called “chemical bliss” given its ability to bind to receptors in the brain that stimulate euphoria.

Because of its ability to impact the brain in several overlapping mechanisms, cocoa is one of the most clinically effective substances we have found to combat cravings. We make our craving control cocoa drink by mixing 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder in hot water (pour water on top of cocoa slowly while stirring to avoid clumping). You can also add any non-calorie sweetener (our favorites are stevia, xylitol and erythritol) as well as cinnamon, cayenne and/or other spices to taste. To get the best benefit of cocoa it should be taken alone and not mixed into foods, protein powders or milk.


Quick Healthy Organic Cocoa Drink:

1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened raw organic cocoa powder mixed in hot water
Optional add: pinch of cayenne pepper and/or pinch of cinnamon
and/or pinch of pure xylitol/erythritol or stevia

Read more about the benefits of cocoa powder here: