Three superfoods that’s all but oh! so delicious! Please don’t take my word for it! Try it!
Just enough maple butter to add creaminess and sweetness. The maple butter comes from my cousins’ maple farm on Île d’Orléans in Québec city. Warm days and cold nights give the butter its beautiful depth of flavour and its sweet amber elixir fragrance.
Fun fact! Did you know that maple water, syrup and butter contain minerals and antioxidants? And so does raw cacao. It’s rich, so creamy, and sinfully nutritious!
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‘Also know as Raw Cocoa Powder’. Unheated, 100% Arriba Nacional Variety, and fermented for an excellent chocolate flavour.
Raw cacao beans, theobroma cacao, are pressed to make Cacao/Cocoa Butter and Powder.
Cacao beans are naturally high in several minerals, especially manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc.
Theobromine and caffeine are similarly constructed types of pharmacologically active chemicals but with noticeably different effects. Theobromine is gentle, mild, has a slow onset, is long lasting and non-addictive whereas caffeine is intense, strong, fast acting, short lived and can be addictive.
Benefits – Healthline
Raw Cocoa is one of the richest sources of polyphenols. It’s especially abundant in flavanols, which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
The flavanols in cocoa are thought to improve nitric oxide levels in the blood, which can enhance the function of your blood vessels and reduce blood pressure (2Trusted Source, 3Trusted Source)
What’s more, cocoa has been found to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, have a blood thinning effect similar to aspirin, improve blood sugars and reduce inflammation (2Trusted Source, 4Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source).
polyphenols, such as those in cocoa, may reduce your risk of neurodegenerative diseases by improving brain function and blood flow.
a higher intake of flavanols, including those from cocoa, can result in a lower risk of type 2 diabetes (22Trusted Source, 23Trusted Source).
Flavanols in fruits, vegetables and other foods have attracted a great deal of interest due to their cancer-protective properties, low toxicity and few adverse side effects. Cocoa has the highest concentration of flavanols.
anti-asthmatic compounds, such as theobromine and theophylline. Theophylline helps your lungs dilate, your airways relax and decreases inflammation (39Trusted Source).
Cocoa contains many compounds that have antibacterial, anti-enzymatic and immune-stimulating properties that may help against dental cavities and gum disease.
Cashew – Healthline
especially rich in unsaturated fats — a category of fats linked to a lower risk of premature death and heart disease (2Trusted Source, 3Trusted Source, 4Trusted Source).
low in sugar, a source of fiber, and contain almost the same amount of protein as an equivalent quantity of cooked meat (5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source
significant amount of copper, a mineral essential for energy production, healthy brain development, and a strong immune system
great source of magnesium and manganese, nutrients important for bone health (8Trusted Source, 9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source).
Hazelnut – Healthline
a rich source of mono- and polyunsaturated fats and contain a good amount of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, such as oleic acid (1, 2Trusted Source).
one-ounce serving provides 2.7 grams of dietary fiber, which accounts for about 11% of the DV (1).
The most abundant antioxidants in hazelnuts are known as phenolic compounds. They are proven to help decrease blood cholesterol and inflammation. They could also be beneficial for heart health and protecting against cancer (6Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source
high concentration of antioxidants and healthy fats may increase antioxidant potential and lower cholesterol levels in the blood (14Trusted Source, 15Trusted Source)
Hazelnuts have been linked to reduced inflammatory markers, thanks to their high concentrations of healthy fats.
Pecan – Healthline
Copper is an important mineral involved in many aspects of your health, including nerve cell function, immune health, and the production of red blood cells (2Trusted Source).
Meanwhile, thiamine, or vitamin B1, is essential for converting carbohydrates into energy to help fuel your body (3Trusted Source).
Zinc is another key mineral found in pecans, and it’s necessary for immune function, as well as cell growth, brain function, and wound healing (4Trusted Source).
great source of monounsaturated fatty acids, a type of fat that may benefit heart health (5Trusted Source).
Monounsaturated fatty acids, in particular, have been linked to decreased mental decline and reduced inflammation (13Trusted Source, 14Trusted Source).
Macadamia – Healthline
linked to several benefits, including improved digestion, heart health, weight management, and blood sugar control.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can cause cellular damage and increase your risk of conditions like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease (4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source).
boast some of the highest flavonoid levels of all tree nuts. This antioxidant fights inflammation and helps lower cholesterol (4Trusted Source).
rich in tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E with antioxidant properties that may help lower cholesterol levels. These compounds may even protect against cancer and brain diseases (6Trusted Source, 7, 8Trusted Source, 9Trusted Source).
Despite being rich in calories, macadamia nuts may help you lose weight. a portion of the fats in nuts may remain in the nut’s fibrous wall during digestion. Thus, macadamia and other nuts may provide fewer calories than previously thought (23Trusted Source, 24Trusted Source, 25Trusted Source).
Macadamia nuts contain fiber, which can benefit your digestion and overall gut health. As is the case with most nuts, the soluble fiber in macadamia nuts can act as a prebiotic, meaning that it helps feed your beneficial gut bacteria (27Trusted Source, 28Trusted Source).
contain flavonoids and tocotrienols, plant compounds that test-tube studies indicate may help fight or kill cancer cells.
tocotrienols may also protect brain cells from conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Regular intake of nuts, including macadamia nuts, may help cut your risk of dying prematurely by around one-third.
Mulberries – Healthline
The trees are traditionally grown for their leaves — mainly in Asia and North America — as they’re the only food that silkworms eat (1Trusted Source).
rich in many vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C and iron
Anthocyanins. A family of antioxidants that may inhibit oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol and provide beneficial effects against heart disease (20Trusted Source, 21, 22).
Rutin. A powerful antioxidant that may help protect against chronic conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (24, 25Trusted Source
Myricetin. A compound that may have a protective effect against some cancers (26Trusted Source).
beneficial against several chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer (32Trusted Source).
mulberries and mulberry extracts can reduce excess fat and lower cholesterol levels. They may also improve the ratio between LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol (20Trusted Source, 33Trusted Source).
mulberries may be beneficial against diabetes by slowing down the increase in blood sugar after meals.
For hundreds of years, mulberries have been part of traditional Chinese medicine as a remedy against cancer.