As cacao is pretty famous nutrient to consume as drinks especially during winter time, or as chocolates, surprisingly, people usually don’t give enough attention to cacao health benefits. In this article we will be discussing some of important benefits of cacao beans.
The fiber in cacao powder promotes healthy digestion and can reduce the risk and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems. Besides, Cacao powder is packed with flavonoids. These nutrients that have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, and aid in preventing blood clots.
The flavonoids in cacao powder may help increase insulin sensitivity, reducing your risk of diabetes. Cacao powder contains lots of potassium. Potassium has been shown to decrease risk of heart disease by reducing lower body inflammation and stress on cells. The flavonoids in cacao powder can help to reduce inflammation throughout your body. Reduced inflammation may lessen your risk of some cancers, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Cacao powder provides more nutrition than cocoa powder and can be a healthier substitute in recipes. Cacao powder is also an excellent source of, iron, protein, magnesium and potassium.
Nutrition per serving:
Two tablespoons of cacao powder contains
- Calories: 130
- Protein: 7 grams
- Fat: 6 grams
- Carbohydrates: 13 grams
- Fiber: 8 grams
- Sugar: 0 grams
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It’s recommended to have 20–30 g of dark chocolate per day, and choose dark chocolate that includes at least 70 percent cacao solids.
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