Test your nutrition IQ: Cacao
By Sam McManis
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Somebody slipped us some Cacao Sweet Nibs in place of our usual chocolate fix; now we'll never go back. Sure, we know chocolate is derived (some would say diluted) from cacao, but this sweet snack has fewer calories and higher levels of antioxidants. What's not to like?
Take our quiz on this old-school dessert treat.
1. Cacao often is mistaken for coca, which comes from a small shrub found in the
a) From vines and tendrils in the Amazon rain forest
b) From 40-foot South American evergreen trees
c) From wild bushes along the coast of
2. The name "cacao" comes from the Aztec name "cuauhuitl." But what catchphrase did the marketing-savvy Mayans have for the sweet treat?
a) "Food of the gods"
b) "The Tenochtitlan Treat"
c) "Cacao the Conqueror"
3. Cacao contains high levels of epicatechins, which help the body in what way?
a) Aid digestion
b) Spur adrenal-gland functioning
c) Reduce inflammation
4. True or false: Cacao's ORAC Score (a measure of antioxidant amounts) rates higher than acai berries.
5. Why, according to the magazine Optimum Wellness, do bites of cacao often "promote feelings of joy"?
a) It is derived from the same plant as cocaine.
b) It produces the amino acid tryptophan, which leads to the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
c) It satisfies a sweet tooth without the guilt of ingesting as many calories as chocolate.
6. Navitas Naturals, which sells Cacao Sweet Nibs, also produces what product using the wonder bean?
a) Cacao Power Facial Cleanser
b) Cacao Power Lip Balm
c) Cacao Power Fragrance
ANSWERS: 1: b; 2: a; 3: c; 4: true; 5: b; 6: b.
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