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Chocolate for Strong Bones? Yes, It’s True!

 

Yes, chocolate is actually a health food, but we’re not talking about sugary candy bars here. To get the true health benefits of chocolate you want the dark, unadulterated, Food of the Gods: Theobroma Cacao. 

Cacao is the source of all chocolate, and each small cacao bean contains an enormous amount of nutrition. One of the most notable nutritive qualities of cacao is its abundance of one very important, bone building nutrient: magnesium. 

Chocolate for Strong Bones? Yes, It's True!

 

Magnesium the Miracle Mineral

It is estimated that more than 80% of the US population is deficient in magnesium and this critical nutrient is believed by many health experts to be one of the most important of all minerals. Magnesium plays a plays a critical role in bone health, heart health and is essential for over 280 biochemical reactions that take place inside our bodies.

The widespread deficiencies are caused in part due to a lack of magnesium in the soils because much of the cooking and processing foods undergo degrades and releases bio-available magnesium. 

The recommended intake of magnesium is between 400-600 mg per day but sadly most people are getting only around 150 mg per day. Being deficient in magnesium can drastically increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, type II diabetes, osteoporosis and more. 

Magnesium the Miracle Mineral

 

Magnesium and Bone Health

The US has one the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world. Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass with high bone fragility and fracture risk. If you ask most people what makes healthy bones they will tell you about calcium. And yes, calcium is a critical ingredient for strong bones but it’s not the only one.

Our bones are actually made up of about two parts calcium to one part magnesium. Think about a piece of chalk, which is made up primarily pure calcium carbonate. Chalk is rigid and brittle and if you drop a piece it will likely break and shatter. We want our bones to be very solid, but slightly flexible and it is the combination of calcium and magnesium that makes for strong, healthy bones.

Magnesium and Bone Health

 

Chocolate and Magnesium

Here comes the good news. One of nature’s best sources of magnesium is cacao (raw chocolate). 100 grams of cacao contains about 550 mg of magnesium. This means that a serving or two of high quality raw cacao can take you a long way toward the daily recommend intake, and a couple servings of other magnesium rich foods, such as almonds, cashews or green leafy vegetables will get you where you need to be.

 

The Sunfood Difference

Our certified organic cacao products are raw, which means they have been processed at low temperatures to ensure nutrients are still in their natural state.

 

The Sunfood Difference

How to Use

With organic, raw chocolate come endless culinary possibilities. From getting an authentically chocolaty shake to creating your very own healthy chocolate bars we’ve got what you’re looking for. Our cacao comes in many fun forms such as: nibs, beans, powder, paste, butter and more. Indulge in your health!

 

How to Use

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1906 - Cacao Nibs, 8oz, Organic, Raw
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1950 - Cacao<br/>Chocolate Powder, 8 oz, Organic, Raw
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