Archive for the ‘Gluten-Free’ Category
May 22, 2013
The Aztecs knew that this delicious bean was famous for healing the nervous system and improving digestion and elimination.
Other medicinal properties for which the Aztecs used cacao included alleviating fever, anemia, poor appetite, metal fatigue and poor breast milk production. It was also used for respiratory ailments, gout, kidney stones and low virility.
In recent years modern science has delved into the secrets of this amazing bean to discover that it’s the Theobromine, antioxidant flavanols, catecins , and many other body and brain enhancing elements contained in the bean that makes it such a powerhouse of medicine.
In fact, chocolate has been very recently cited by some top health professionals and researchers to be the single most exciting health food.
How is it possible that something that only recently was thought of as an unhealthy indulgence is now being hailed as so remarkably beneficial? Answer – “chocolate” does not necessarily equal “cacao bean.”
Most chocolate candy and other chocolate products on the market contain low levels of cacao and high amounts of sugars, milk fat, and artificial flavorings.
In addition, the quality and processing of cacao used in these products is often low due to alkalinization, refining, processing and over-roasting of the bean.
If you want the true health benefits that cacao can give you, choose only high cacao percentage dark chocolate, with a minimum of 75% cacao and even better, stick to at least 85% cacao. And for true healthy chocolate, look for products that use organic cacao, and are soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
January 16, 2013
First let’s look at just what exactly is “gluten.” Gluten is a protein found in grains, such as wheat, barley and rye. It is ingested not only from breads and other flour-based foods, but most processed foods as well where it is liberally used as a stabilizer and thickener.
Gluten is especially detrimental to anyone who has been diagnosed with celiac disease – a chronic digestive disorder which causes the body to mount an inflammatory immune response to the presence of gluten. (more…)
November 29, 2011
You’ve seen our packaging and know that our healthy chocolate drink, Mayesa, is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. While most of you are probably aware of the benefits of going gluten and dairy free in your diets, a soy-free product is not so readily understood.
For a number of years soy has been touted as the perfect health food – a natural source of high protein.
However, recently a number of studies done by reputable institutions, including Cornell University, are showing that, in fact, soy is can be rather dangerous.
It turns out that soybeans contain a number of disagreeable substances. These include:
1. Phytates, acids that block the body’s uptake of essential minerals such as like calcium, iron and zinc.
2. Potent enzyme inhibitors that block the uptake of trypsin and other enzymes that the body needs for protein digestion.
3. Hemagglutinin, a clot promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together so they are unable to properly absorb oxygen for distribution to the body’s tissues.
Soy has also been linked to the explosion of thyroid disease in this country.
According to Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD in a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, soy oil is the most widely used oil in the U.S., accounting for more than 75 percent of our total vegetable fats and oil intake. And most of our soy products are now genetically engineered.
Beyond these concerns, there has been a huge rise in soy allergies such as with wheat allergies. Soy is now considered among the top eight allergens that can cause an immediate hypersensitive reaction.
According to a number of allergy specialists, many soy allergy reactions can also occur up to 2 days after consuming soy products, including sleep disturbances, incontinence, sinus and ear infections, irritability, joint pain, chronic fatigue, and gastrointestinal upset.
We at Mayesa are dedicated to offering a product that is truly healthy – in all ways for all members of your family. And now you know why we proudly announce that both Cacao Original Mayesa and Cacao Mint Mayesa are soy-free! Everybody can use and enjoy our healthy chocolate drink.