Andi Lew is a qualified food, lifestyle and wellness coach who has been working with functional fitness athletes and their diets for several years. The Rx Review caught up with the published author recently to talk about the health benefits of cacao and why athletes should be consuming it regularly.
Today we’re talking about cacao!
For those who don’t know, cacao is the raw unrefined version of chocolate. You can get raw cacao from a number of health food stores across the globe these days, it’s certainly not hard to find.
Now the reason why you should add it into your cooking as much as possible is because it’s really high in protein and magnesium!
Yes, that’s right, there is a food which is high in protein that doesn’t come from an animal source and it’s easier for the body to assimilate when we get it like that as well. The fact that it’s high in magnesium is also very important as we need that as much as possible during high intensity training.
Women also need magnesium before that time of the month as it helps with muscle expansion and contraction and our uterus is a muscle too. That is part of the reason why many women crave chocolate during that time of the month.
Check out the above video to find out some ways to include cacao into your diet and some of the health benefits that come with consuming it regularly. You can also check out my other recent videos on natural salt alternavtives, sugar alternatives and fat alternatives for functional fitness athletes.
If you’d like to find out some great natural ingredients and recipes you can find them in my book Real Fit Food, which can be found by clicking here, or my most recent video on natural sugar alternatives here.
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