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Healthy Raw Chocolate

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CacaoDid you know that chocolate can be healthy and one of its main ingredients can be considered a superfood? OK, it’s not that simple but it’s also not a false statement.

The cocoa tree, sometimes referred to as cacao tree, produces seeds that are normally dried and roasted before being used in the production of raw chocolate and cocoa powder. The pulp from these seeds is sometimes used to prepare a refreshing juice. Each seed contains a significant amount of fat as cocoa butter, and the most noted active constituent is theobromine, a compound similar to caffeine.

Also known as cacao nibs, these seeds may offer a variety of health benefits and are considered by many nutritionists as a superfood. Cacao nibs are a rich source of antioxidants such as procyanidins and also contain high levels of flavonoids, specifically epicatechin, which may have beneficial cardiovascular effects on health. In addition, cacao nibs contain minerals such as magnesium, iron, chromium, copper, and zinc, as well as serotonin, an important nutrient for the brain, which may have important implications for learning and memory.

Cacao nibs can be used to produce different grades of chocolate and are often used as snacks. The nibs are slightly bitter and may be sweetened with honey or used in baked goods. Cacao nibs and dark grades of chocolate may provide important health benefits. Studies have found short term benefits in LDL cholesterol levels from dark chocolate consumption. As a dietary fiber, cacao may help to keep your bowel movements regular. The fiber and polyphenols in cacao may work together to help control your blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

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