July Newsletter - Where to find the "Good" fats July 20 2014

Hello there, Ekotraders!

In this newsletter you will know more about where to find "good" fats, in addition to giving you highlights on Medium Chain Triglycerides. We hope you enjoy it!

Importance of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)

Rich sources for extraction of the beneficial MCTs include palm kernel oil and coconut oil –an MCT would be their concentrated forms. Instead of being metabolised through the digestion process like other fats are, MCTs are taken straight to the liver where they act very similar to carbohydrates, providing instant –and well-sustained- energy. 

If you want to feel the effects of this for yourself, put a tablespoon of MCTs in your coffee. This will feel like you gave your body rocket fuel.

But it’s not just the energy you get that’s interesting. MCTs improve blood sugar regulation, improve metabolism (especially fat metabolism), may improve thyroid function, improve appetite regulation, and are used to treat many ailments (Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, seizures, cystic fibrosis, etc.).

As far as brain function goes, MCT oil is like rocket fuel because it enhances ketone production. Ketones, of course, are a more efficient fuel for your brain.

Of course, a side effect of all of that is improved body composition. If you’re into burning fat, MCTs are your friend.

Getting MCTs in your diet is simple. For starters, you should be using coconut oil for something on a day-to-day basis, whether you’re cooking with it, putting it in a smoothie, or eating it with a spoon.

Pure MCT oil is a highly recommended supplement. You can cook with the oil itself (or add it to the oil/fat you’re already cooking with –as long as temperature stays under 160ºC). You can put it straight into your smoothie, coffee, or tea. And you can use it in your salad dressing or soups.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is an edible oil that has been consumed in tropical places for thousands of years. Studies done on native diets high in coconut oil consumption show that these populations are generally in good health, and don’t suffer as much from many of the modern diseases of western nations where coconut oil is seldom consumed. It has many health benefits:

  • Improves or reverses Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Improves type 1 and type 2 diabetes

  • Kills Candida Fungus

  • Improves or heals many skin diseases

  • Fungal infections

  • Eczema

  • Keratosis Polaris

  • Psoriasis

  • Rosacea

  • Provides peak performance energy

  • Drug-free energy

  • Longer endurance

  • Helps with Hypothyroidism

  • Increases metabolism

  • Raises body temperature

  • Conditions and strengthens hair

  • Penetrates roots

  • Kills lice

  • Improves dandruff

  • Kills many bacteria and viruses

  • Promotes weight loss

  • Preserves muscle mass

  • Promotes ketosis

Coconut oil is being introduced into western kitchen on a more regular basis every day, mainly for the health benefits it provides, but also for its rich, sweet and original taste. On our behalf you will soon have Foodin coconut oil available, which will surely give a great twist to your meals! It will be available in Spain this week, and you will be able to purchase it on our online store from the 28th of July onwards. 

Thank you for reading us another month, Ekotraders! We hope to have been helpful and that you contact us with any questions or issues that may arise, on this or on any other matter. You can count on us for anything you wish!

Raw Chocolate Health Benefits & Profile June 08 2014

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You may know that dark chocolate is a healthier choice than milk chocolate and that the cocoa in chocolate can offer a wide range of health benefits.

What you may not know is that most dark chocolate today is so highly processed that it loses most of its nutrient and antioxidant strength and really provides you with nothing more than excess sugar and fat.  You may have also never learned the important difference between cacao and cocoa…but you will soon!

This quick guide is meant to restore the artery-clogging and fat-gaining reputation of chocolate.  You will learn the most important facts about raw chocolate including its impressive health benefits, where to buy it, and how to incorporate this superfood into your diet.

What is Raw Chocolate?

Cacao (ka·cow) is the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate.  These untreated seeds referred to as cacao beans can be considered a superfood offering a wealth of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals.

Is it true that chocolate grows on trees?  If you thought “Yes”, you are certainly right.

The superstar of chocolate known as cacao beans are grown on small trees named Theobroma cacao, which literally translates to “cacao, the food of the gods” in the Greek language.  These trees are native to Mexico, Central and South America.  Each cacao pod that emerges from the tree typically houses between 40 and 60 cacao seeds.  After careful harvesting, the pods are opened, the seeds are removed, and they undergo a natural fermentation and drying process.  After the drying process is completed in 1-2 weeks, you are left you with raw cacao beans.

To make the chocolate that we all know and love, these raw cacao beans are then roasted to form cocoa, which is then combined with sugar and fats until the beans are unrecognizable.  The high heat during the roasting process reduces the levels of antioxidants in the cacao, minimizing the powerful health benefits found in the unprocessed, raw cacao.  To receive the greatest benefits from cacao, look for ‘raw’, non-roasted cacao beans.

Raw Chocolate Health Benefits

Raw chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including:

  • Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese

  • Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties

  • Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E

  • Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat

  • Protein

  • Fiber

These nutrients found in raw chocolate have been linked to a number of health benefits:

1) Raw chocolate can lower blood pressure & improve circulation

Flavanols, theobromine, and other components found in cacao may lower blood pressure and enhance circulation by promoting dilation, strength, and health of blood vessels

2) Raw chocolate can promote cardiovascular function & health

The antioxidant power of flavonoids and essential minerals and vitamins found in cacao can support healthy heart functioning by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing plaque buildup on artery walls.

3) Raw chocolate Can Neutralize free radicals

High levels of antioxidants protect the body from a buildup of free radicals from sun exposure, pollution, cigarette smoking, etc., which may damage healthy body tissue giving rise to cancer and cardiovascular disease.

4) Raw Chocolate can improve digestion

A sufficient amount of fiber delivered with each serving of cacao supports digestion while cacao stimulates the body’s production of digestive enzymes.

5) Raw chocolate can enhance physical and mental well-being

There are many components of cacao including alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic, lipase, lysine, and theobromine, that all work together to improve physical and mental health.  For example, theombromine helps to stimulate the central nervous system, relax smooth muscles, and dilate blood vessels, giving the body a boost of energy;  “bliss” chemicals found in cacao help to increase circulation and availability of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in brain, improving mood and combating depression.

Raw Chocolate Buying Tips

Cacao beans can be found at most health food markets including Whole Foods, and online at Amazon, or Navitas Naturals.

Raw cacao can be purchased as whole beans (peeled or unpeeled), nibs, or powder


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