The dark, robust cocoa flavour in our Cocoa, Hemp & Almond bar comes straight from antioxidant-rich organic cocoa. Did you know that cocoa is higher in antioxidants than green tea or red wine? Research has shown that on a per-serving basis, the antioxidant concentration in cocoa is the highest. In fact, cocoa has nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine and up to three times those found in green tea.
Over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in magnesium. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and is associated with happiness. Cocoa is the #1 source of magnesium of any food! Our Cocoa, Hemp & Almond GORP bars are packed with beautiful dark organic cocoa and sunflower seeds, which are also very high in magnesium! GORP bars are an EXCELLENT source of magnesium.
DISCLAIMER!!! Now, we aren't going to get all crazy and tell you that GORP bars can cure every ailment known to man and provide every single health benefit listed below... because that's SO not allowed :) We just want to give a shout out to our awesome ingredients for YOUR education... so you can see all the awesomeness we INTENTIONALLY pack into our bar and perhaps inspire you to incorporate some of them into your diet more often :)
Health Benefits of Cocoa
What Is a Flavanoid, Anyway?
Flavanoids are powerful antioxidants. They are known to help dilate blood vessels and, in turn, increase circulation and decrease blood pressure. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are dangerous molecules within the body that have an unpaired electron. They subsequently raid other molecules for their missing electron and create a dangerous chain reaction of cell damage. Free radical activity can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and many age-related problems.
For The Ladies!
Mars, who has become a leader in cocoa flavanol reasearch, conducted studies that found certain components in cocoa may actually help improve the appearance of women's skin! They noticed that the test group who drank a flavanol-rich cocoa beverage once a day experienced benefits including increased hydration and decreased skin roughness and scaling. They also noticed that the skin of the women drinking the cocoa seemed to have a better defense against UV damage. The German scientists attributed the results and benefits to cocoa flavanols – which are reported to improve blood flow and vessel function. So go ahead and concoct a healthy hot cocoa recipe of your own and experiment with almond or hemp milk and healthier sweeteners like agave syrup, stevia, or honey instead of refined white sugar. Toss in spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, or even a dash of chili pepper for some heat to make it interesting!
Remember…while cocoa has many health benefits, it should be used with care and balanced by its potential drawbacks. Eat responsibly and be aware that refined sugar and saturated fats are often added to cocoa products to improve appeal. Read this article and decide for yourself!