Maca is a powerful weight loss technology.
Here’s what we’ll cover about Maca in this article:
- What is it?
- How do you select it?
- What’s it good for?
- How do you use it?
What is Maca?
Maca’s a tuber like a sweet potato. Best Maca comes from dry, high altitude, mountain ranges. Peruvian Maca is my favorite.
Maca goes through three specific segments of life – green starch, creamy sugar, mature starch. It starts off as a green starch which tastes bitter like a green turnip. Second stage only lasts 2-3 weeks, where the long chain sugars break into small chain sugars. Maca takes on rich flavors of sweet crean during this time. Third stage is mature starch, which tastes like old potatoes.
How do you select premium Maca?
Taste and smell are key in selecting your best Maca. Most Maca tastes and smells awful. What you’re looking for is Maca with a mild, creamy, slightly sweet flavor.
And avoid “Gelatinized Maca”, which is a serious C.R.A.P. (continually reducing attitude + performance) product. “Gelatinized Maca” is code for “the lowest grade Maca you can buy”.
The term “Gelatinized Maca” was coined by some snake oil huckster to get rid of some downscale Maca and charge you a premium. Ouch.
Gelatinized Maca has to be made when Maca spoils or gets overgrown with fungus from improper storage.
Gelatinized Maca is created by soaking Maca in harsh detergents and disinfectants, then blasting it with volcanic heat. The hucksters say this makes a cleaner more concentrated product. Truth is you end up with a product with little or no nutritional value, which commands a higher price, because of the new cool name of “Gelatinized Maca”.
Don’t be fooled! Steer clear of Gelatinized Maca. Instead go for the most pristine, natural state Maca you can find. Choose your Maca by smell and taste.
What’s Maca food for?
Here’s where things get interesting… If weight loss is your priority.
Maca is full of medium-chain essential fatty acids.
EFAs (essential fatty acids) are fats essential to life which we must eat, rather then synthesize internally. Essential is the key word here. Remember “To lose fat you have to eat fat” which is why low/no fat quack diets are both dangerous and fail every time.
Short and medium chain fatty acids are metabolized directly. Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions required to break down complex food into simple components your body can use.
Direct Metabolism means a substance is simple enough normal digestion and metabolism is skipped. In the case of a few Super Foods, rich in short and medium chain fatty acids, direct metabolism occurs so efficiently no enzymes are even required.
These EFA Super Foods include – Maca, Coconut, Hemp and Palm Kernels. This Hemp is food Hemp. In fact, if you eat food Hemp you’ll neutralize the Hemp you smoke and be unable to get high. In other works, Food Hemp neutralizes these chemicals on contact.
So Maca and all EFA Super Foods tend to satisfy quickly and are so efficiently unitized these EFAs melt away old fat.
And it gets better, the EFAs in Maca satisfy hunger fast, so you’ll eat less.
Decanoic Acid is your friend!
Maca is also rich in Decanoic Acid. Current research projects suggest Decanoic Acid rapidly reboots hormone production. Decanoic Acid also rapidly balances blood sugar, has been shown to convert fat into muscle with zero exercise and appears to dramatically improve immune system function by rebooting pancreatic systems.
Whew… Bottom line… Decanoic Acid is your friend.
How do you use Maca?
Now for the fun part. Maca is way cool and easy to use.
Maca can be used in recipes as a partial flour replacement. Use along with Coconut Flour, Nut and Seed Flours you make yourself or with Chia Seeds.
Maca also shares function with Tocotrienols (we’ll talk about in another article). This function is powdered cream.
Try adding small amounts of Maca to both sweet and savory (non sweet) dishes. We use it around the house in soups, smoothies and by the spoonful.
As you experiment with Maca, email in your experiences and recipes.
Till next time!