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Why are Superfoods Considered to be Heart Healthy?

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Feb 6, 2018 2:30:43 AM

By Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef

Thanks to ongoing studies in the medical science communities, the list of healthy attributes awarded to superfoods is constantly expanding. From broadening brain function to boosting the immune system to helping aid recovery, superfoods are well recognized as top-notch tools of wellness, delivering valuable nutrients essential for optimum living. Among these virtues, one of the most widely discussed accolades is heart health – a benefit for which many superfoods are quite sought after. But one look at the state of our country’s health and this popularity is easily explained.

A Few Sobering Facts

Every 40 seconds, an American dies from heart disease, which equals almost 2,200 deaths a day. More than 7% of all Americans have experienced some type of cardiovascular disease and more than 7 million Americans have had a heart attack. What’s more, one out of every six deaths in the United States is linked to heart disease, ranking it the number one source of fatalities in the country. These numbers don’t need to be that high, as heart disease is preventable – and even treatable – through positive habits.

 

Eliminating the Disease
Human-based studies have shown that heart disease is virtually eliminated through the control of just three factors: cholesterol, smoking and blood pressure. That means that two out of three imperative components of a healthy heart are largely dependent on a healthy diet, along with movement and stress regulation. Plant-based diets in general are an enormous step in the right direction to enhancing coronary health and lowering blood pressure, and superfoods, with their saturation of important nutrients, can help expedite this process even further.

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Topics: wellness, blog, cacao, chocolate, cocoa, food, health, healthy, heart, superfoods

6 Ways to Upgrade Your Hot Chocolate

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Jan 31, 2018 2:17:42 AM

 

Hot Chocolate is a winter tradition for a reason: it makes the house smell great, it's warming to hold in your hands, and yes, it tastes amazing. In fact, our enamored relationship with the cozy beverage is nothing new: hot chocolate was the very first way chocolate was consumed…sort of. More than a millennium ago, far before a chocolate bar even existed, the Mayans and the Aztec cultures would create hot chocolate drinks made from ground Cacao beans, spices and water. With no marshmallows in sight, these drinks were unsweetened and quite potent, but were decidedly valued and even deemed sacred.

These days, while the commercial blends of hot chocolate may taste better than the drink's ancient formulations, the ingredients are significantly worse. High amounts of sugar, artificial flavors and extremely processed ingredients make up the bulk of the ready-to-drink blends – certainly a far cry from hot chocolate's healthy roots. Luckily, hot chocolate is exceptionally easy to make at home: Gently heat a little milk, powdered chocolate and sweetener (more on these ingredients in a moment), and you've got an incredible drink that's not only light years healthier, but also more flavorful. Here are the secrets to making the best-ever hot chocolate:

The Magic Starts with the Milk
Although many people are accustomed to using cow's milk in hot chocolate recipes, the truth is that many plant-based milks taste strikingly better. That's because each of these “alternative” milk varieties offer slightly different flavor nuances – many of which are shoe-in flavor combinations for chocolate. Some favorites to try are almond milk, hazelnut milk, cashew milk and due to its ultra-creamy viscosity, even pea milk, surprisingly.

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Topics: wellness, blog, cacao, chocolate, cocoa, food, health, healthy, recipes, superfoods

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