Health Benefits of Cacao (cocoa powder)

Health Benefits of Cacao (cocoa powder)

” Cacao beans are originally from Ecuador and mean “Food of the Gods.”

They are from a species of tree called Theobroma cacao. The English evolved the pronunciation to “cocoa,” which is used today.

In raw form, they have a high concentration of antioxidants that help cells repair themselves and stay healthy.

Cacao contains many nutrients such as magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and vitamin C.

Chocolate is made from cacao beans.                   

Effects of Fat and Sugar
The cacao bean contains about 50 percent fat. It is composed of palmitic and stearic acids which are part of the saturated fatty acids and another unsaturated fat called oleic acid. According to cacaoweb.net, cacao beans do not raise blood cholesterol because their content of saturated fats is very low. The sugar content is very low in the bean. It is in the form of a simple sugar much like table sugar. Because the content is low, sugar is added when making chocolate for a more desired sweet taste.

Nutrition for the Immune System
Cacao beans contain antioxidants called polyphenols. Much research has focused on polyphenols in the last ten years. According to the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” polyphenols support a role in preventing cardiovascular diseases and cancers. This is because the antioxidant properties stop the oxidative stress on cells that can lead to degenerative diseases.

Minerals of the Raw Cacao Bean
Cacao beans can be eaten right off the tree. They are reported to be quite bitter, but tolerable. These beans contain needed minerals such as iron, calcium and potassium, according to nutritionist Gillian McKeith. Iron is needed by red blood cells to ensure enough oxygen gets carried through the veins. Without iron, a person could feel fatigued and dizzy. Calcium helps maintain bone health. Potassium is needed to keep the heart healthy and strong.

The Benefits of Cacao Bean Vitamins
Cacao beans contain vitamins needed in the daily diet. Vitamin C helps your immune system and can be also found in foods such as orange juice. Vitamin A keeps your eyes and skin healthy. Other vitamins in these beans are B, D and E. Though these vitamins are also included in multi-vitamin supplements, chocolate should not replace a vitamin or a balanced diet. ”  Dec 20, 2011 | By Susan Ferrandino

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/314627-the-nutritional-value-of-cacao-beans/#ixzz2CBub2v35

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