Cocoa vs cacao
Don’t confuse raw cacao with store-bought cocoa powder. Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat. Cocoa looks the same but it’s not. Raw cacao powder has the health benefits; cocoa does not.
The feeling of love
Cacao can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being. And the same brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love – phenylethylamine – is found in chocolate as well. Perfect for February 14, then...
As a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries.
Aside from tasting delicious in raw chocolate form, cacao also provides a whole truck of minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc and manganese.
Raw cocoa contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is a mood-enhancer. It’s thought that the smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves and help us to relax.
Try a treatment...
For a Valentine’s treat why not book in for a chocolately treatment.
The perfect indulgence for any chocolate lover, this includes face and body scrub, massage, facial mask plus a slice of chocolate cake to round it off.
QR2,000. B/Attitude Spa, Beverly Hills Tower, West Bay (4412 2046/3319 8631).
Coffee and Chocolate Body Scrub
A treat for chocolate fans without the calories, this scrub will leave you smooth and sweet-smelling.
QR450. Jaula Spa, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1056/1060).