The Great Truth About Chocolate

Cacao is not just a food, it’s a superfood. -David Wolfe

You’ll be glad to know that chocolate is good for you! It is one way you can lead a healthier lifestyle. There may be some confusion about cocoa and cacao, but don’t be because I will go over the differences. I will describe a couple benefits of cacao.

A little about cacao. Cacao trees are found all over the world, but most of them are in West Africa. When the pods are ripe, they are collected and split open to reveal cacao beans covered in white pulp. The pulp is removed, the beans are fermented, dried and cleaned before processing into cacao powder. Cocoa powder is roasted at a much higher temperature than cacao where the higher heat tends to destroy many of the compounds. That is where the difference between the two is made. (1)

Cacao beans contain high levels of antioxidants (polyphenols), vitamins, minerals, and beneficial amino acids. Flavanols in cacao are thought to improve the nitric oxide levels in the blood, which enhances the function of your blood vessels. That is according to a review of 35 experiments completed in 2017. (2) When there are better functioning blood vessels, it can lead to many other health benefits.

Another benefit is that it may improve mood and symptoms of depression. That is because of the cacao’s flavanols, the conversion of tryptophan to the natural mood stabilizer serotonin, its caffeine content or the sensory pleasure of eating chocolate. Some other possible benefits are that it may be able to aid in weight control, may help people with asthma, may benefit your teeth and skin, help increase brain function, and it may have cancer protective properties. (3)

Hopefully, this educated you on some of the benefits of cacao, and you decide to implement this into your diet. I am glad there will be less guilt, so you don’t have to stress over the choice you made.

Tips:

-Buy chocolate bars that have at least 85% cacao, as there is much less added sugar compared to milk chocolate

-Add a scoop of cocao powder to your whole food smoothie

REFERENCES

(1)https://www.victoriahealth.com/editorial/the-benefits-of-raw-cacao-powder

(2)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28439881

(3)https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cocoa-powder-nutrition-benefits#section5

DISCLAIMER

We do not diagnose, treat, heal, cure or prevent any illness, medical condition or mental or emotional condition and nothing on our website, its content or in our services is intended to diagnose, treat, heal, cure or prevent any illness, medical condition or mental condition.  Thomas F Pearce sole proprietorship provides health coaching information and education.  Our services are not medical or mental health advice.  Thomas F Pearce is a health coach, not a mental health or healthcare professional.  Nothing on our website, in our Content or in our Services should be construed as healthcare or mental health advice or as a substitute for a consultation with a healthcare or mental health professional who can review and advise you on your specific situation.  Anyone choosing to implement any information on our website or in our Services should obtain prior medical clearance from a licensed or registered healthcare or mental health professional to declare them sufficiently healthy, and determine that the information on our website or in our services is appropriate and useful for them. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking professional advice because of information you have read on our website, or received from us.  Coaching is in no way to be construed as psychological counseling, therapy or medical advice.

This blog post is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not medical, mental health or healthcare advice.  The information presented here is not intended to diagnose, treat, heal, cure or prevent any illness, medical condition or mental or emotional condition.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.