The above title is music to the ears of so many chocolate lovers. Yet another recent study corroborates the evidence that the cacao bean, the main ingredient in dark chocolate, has great health benefits.
A new study from the Science and Technology Institute of Food and Nutrition in Spain describes the success in the lab of the cacao bean’s antioxidant powers. Read all about it below from Healthdigest.Com:
“Eating chocolate could stave off bowel cancer, say scientists. A study found having daily doses of cocoa reduced the risk of developing the disease. It is the latest piece of research to highlight the health benefits of the cocoa bean, most of which is harvested in West Africa. Previous studies have found the seed is …” http://www.healthdigezt.com/eating-chocolate-can-stave-off-bowel-cancer-say-scientists/
Some organic compounds that give cacao its healing properties are polyphnols, catechins, and flavanols. Other minerals found in cocoa are iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, zinc, phosphorus and potassium.
As everyone knows, chocolate products are usually sweet since the natural unsweetened taste of the cacao bean is rather bitter. Sugar and dairy are usually added to make a delicious chocolate product. So in order to stay healthy and still enjoy the health benefits of chocolate, make sure you only eat chocolate bars (or other products) that consist of at least 72 to 85% organic cacao or dark chocolate. Remember that ingesting too much added sugar via desserts can unbalance your blood glucose levels.
Other Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Cacao is beneficial to the circulatory system because it is rich in magnesium. Magnesium is necessary for the healthy function of the heart musles as well as helping to regulate blood pressure in your body.
The cacao bean is also a great source of dopamine, serotonin, and phenylethylamine which are three very important neurotransmitters in the brain that aid in alleviating depression. This natural anti-depressant aslo contains a fair amount B vitamins as well as tryptophan to further aid in uplifting one’s mood.
Many companies online offer raw cacao products that are sugar and dairy free. Cacao beans can be ground and mixed in with other foods such as trail mix or yogurt.