All chocolate comes from the cacao bean - the seeds of the "cacao" fruit - which grows on a jungle tree, predominamntly in South America. Raw cacao beans taste like dark chocolate, because they are dark chocolate.
Cacao's latin name, "Theobroma Cacao" literally translates as "Cacao, Food of the Gods", and when you experience the effect of eating pure raw chocolate in its original form, you will understand why.
Raw cacao beans contain over 300 chemically identifiable compounds making it one of the most complex foods Earth.
The substances in the cacao bean that are responsible for its mood enhancing effects include: anandamide (bliss chemical), arginine (nature's Viagra), dopamine (relaxation neurotransmitter), serotonin (happiness neurotransmitter), tryptophan (well-being amino acid), magnesium (heart relaxant) and phenylethylamine (PEA).
Serotonin, dopamine and phenylethylamine, the three well-studied neurotransmitters, play a major role in our feelings of contentment and well being. Raw cacao beans contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that enable serotonin and dopamine to remain in the bloodstream longer.
Raw cacao beans contain 10,000 milligrams (10 grams) per 100 grams of flavonol antioxidants. This 10% antioxidant concentration level makes it one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food. The antioxidants in raw cacao beans are highly stable and easily available to human metabolism.
The raw cacao bean is also one of nature's richest sources of magnesium, a mineral which is deeply nourishing for the heart. It is also rich in calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.