Why You Should Be Eating More Chocolate
We’ve all heard the reports of the world’s favourite confection having healthy benefits. Let’s get a few things straight; this does not mean that we should all abandon health foods and look to Cadbury’s for health advice.
What it really means is that the key ingredient to chocolate, Cacao, does in fact have an array of benefits in this form.
Cacao or Cocoa? Cacao Powder is created from cold-pressing un-roasted cacao beans, preserving all goodness and nutrients. Cocoa is derived in a similar way but the the beans are heated at high temperatures (also known as being ‘dutched’), leaving a powder with less nutritional prowess. It is also worth noting that in the process of pressing the former, Cacao Butter, the natural fat from the cacao bean, is removed (but has some fantastic uses too).
Without any further ado, we present to you, reasons you need more cacao in your diet:
- Boost your energy, stamina and endurance
Acting as the richest dietary source of magnesium in the planet, Cacao is great at boosting energy levels.
- Calorie burning
The level of magnesium in Cacao serves to optimise use of oxygen in the body which in turn increases energy levels and actively burns calories.
- Supports brain function and helps you to remain focussed
Cacao is packed full of brain-boosting compounds called flavanols. Flavanols have been shown to increase circulation which bring better blood flow and oxygen to the brain, improving cognitive function.
Mood-enhancing natural chemicals found in Cacao have been shown to boost serotonin levels in the brain leading to an increased sense of well-being.
- Boost your heart health
Cacao flavanols have been linked to improved cardiovascular function, reducing the risk of strokes and improving blood circulation for an overall healthier heart.
- Boost immunity
Essential phytonutrients and zinc found in Cacao help support and improve immune function.