Cacao // Your Brain
Your brain is the most complex organ in your body. It produces every thought, action, memory, feeling and experience of the world around you. And it contains an incredible one hundred billion nerve cells.
In 2013, Scientific American published an articled titled, "Is Cocoa the Brain Drug of the Future?". In it, the author described the brain-boosting potential of cacao flavanols and cited various studies showing that daily consumption of cacao improved cognitive function such as verbal fluency, visual searching, attention and memory. There's a catch. And there's always a catch. Well, there used to be.
At the end of nearly every article describing the health benefits of cacao, the writer feels compelled to say something along the lines of, "eat the darkest chocolate available and consume it in moderation." And they say this because while chocolate has plenty of sugar and empty calories, it actually has very few of the brain-boosting elements of raw cacao. They simply get lost in the processing. Enter cold brew cacao.
“I started to notice my mind was calmer. I could think more clearly. And, despite ‘eating glass and walking through the abyss,’ as Elon Musk likes to describe entrepreneurship, I was happier.” – Curtis Bomgaars, Upriver Cacao Co-founder.
You may already know that the cold brew method is much gentler than traditional hot brewing. The lower brewing temperature allows for cacao's beautiful, complex flavors to shine, while leaving the bitterness behind. But what you may not have known is that these lower brewing temperatures also protect the the very thing that makes cacao healthy, flavanols.
In traditional chocolate making, chocolatiers put their cacao through a exhaustive process of grinding and heating. All of this heat and friction breaks down the antioxidant flavanols and renders them helpless and ineffective. The finished product may taste good, but it's no longer as good for you.
So, if you're looking to double up on some chocolatey goodness and brain-boosting benefits, it's better to turn to cold brew cacao!