Health benefits of cocoa include relief from high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, constipation, diabetes, bronchial asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, and various neurodegenerative diseases. It helps reduce the risk of cancer and improve cardiovascular as well as brain health. It also helps in treating copper deficiency, quick wound healing, and skincare. It has mood-enhancing properties and exerts protective effects against neurotoxicity. As per the USDA Nutrient Database, cocoa is rich in minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium. It also contains vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and vitamin B6, E, and K. It is a good source of zinc, iron, and sodium while providing the body with energy, carbohydrates, protein, and dietary fibers. It contains 0 cholesterol.
In addition to this, it also contains caffeine content. It contains cocoa butter, which according to USDA Nutrient Database, is a source of vitamin E, vitamin K, and fatty acids. It is a mixture of monounsaturated fats like oleic acid and saturated fats, namely stearic acid and palmitic acid. It is a lot more than just a guilty pleasure!
Eat dark chocolate: Make sure it’s good quality and contains at least 70% cocoa.
Hot/cold cocoa: Mix cocoa with your favorite dairy or nondairy milk for a chocolate milkshake.
Smoothies: Cocoa can be added to your favorite healthy smoothie recipe to give it a richer, chocolatey taste.
Puddings: You can add raw cocoa powder (not Dutch) to homemade puddings like chia breakfast puddings or rice pudding.
Vegan chocolate mousse: Process avocado, cocoa, almond milk and a sweetener like dates for a thick vegan chocolate mousse.
Sprinkle over fruit: Cocoa is particularly nice sprinkled over bananas or strawberries.
Granola bars: Add cocoa to your favorite granola bar mixture to bump up the health benefits and enrich the flavor.
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