If you think about it, how many recipes would you say you make a week that contains cocoa or chocolate of some kind? Probably 2-3 at least! Chocolate and cocoa are often associated with “guilty foods,” high calories, and causing weight gain… well we’re here to tell you- that as long as chocolate and cocoa are not consumed in excess, these stereotypes are simply not true!! In fact- cocoa is actually incredibly healthy for you!!
Scientists and people of the foodie world are calling cocoa “nature’s miracle.” Not only is it delicious but it’s HEALTHY for you too! In an article by Chris Kilham, the founder of Medicine Hunter Inc., who has conducted medicinal research in over 30 countries, we were able to gather 10 interesting facts about cocoa and the detailed effects that cocoa has on the body that you may not know!
1. Cocoa contains over 700 known compounds including antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent certain external factors and destructive elements, such as light, heat, air, moisture and time, from destroying cells and causing premature aging and disease.
2. By having a steady and continuous cocoa consumption throughout a person’s life, it is suggested that it will reduced cognitive decline in old age.
3. Cocoa also helps to reduce the risk of killer diseases and prevent primary diseases by protecting our cells.
4. Cocoa has a very positive effect on the cardiovascular system. It helps reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke.
5. Cocoa reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Studies have proven that even small amounts of cocoa can reduce cholesterol in the blood, and can lower blood pressure.
6. In fact, studies show that no heart drug, of any kind, comes even close to imparting the heart benefits of cocoa.
7. Some scientists are claiming that cocoa can even reduce the risk of cancer!
8. Regular intake of cocoa has been shown to improve the overall function of vein and arteries.
9. Cocoa has mood-elevating properties. It enhances the production of various feel-good chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine creating an anti-depressant effect.
10. Ever wondered about those intense chocolate cravings? Due to the natural chemicals cocoa produces in your head, and the positive mood-elevator, your body can crave it when it needs to restore a sense of well being. For example, during a woman’s menstruation cycle, when serotonin levels are often down, it creates a cocoa/chocolate craving because her brain wants to have a mood-elevator effect to return it’s self to a sense of well being.
We hope these benefits have been helpful and will motivate you to have your cocoa and eat it too- GUILT FREE! For a great cooking and baking cocoa that’s rich in flavor and appearance try our Rodelle Gourmet Dutch-Processed Baking Cocoa. It contains one of the highest levels of cocoa butter on the market, ensuring superior chocolate flavor!