Here are some facts about eating cocoa:
About 2 tbsp. of Cocoa contains just 25 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. It also contains 3.6 grams of fiber which is 14% of the daily requirement and 8% of the daily value of iron at 16% of the requirements of magnesium.
Cocoa also contains approximately 45.5 mg of what you call Flavinoids. They are part of a powerful group of antioxidants known as polyphenols, and according to medical news today, cocoa is one of the highest polyphenolcontaining foods in the world. In other words, it helps the body fight cancer, cardiovascular disease, and provides better cognitive function because of its essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. In fact, hot Cocoa contains more of an antioxidant punch per serving than a glass of red wine or tea!! Science Daily explains it may be the healthiest choice of the three.
Medical news today warns, however, most commercial Cocoa powders have most of the flavonoids removed because of their bitter taste. In order to negate that fact, you have to purchase raw Cocoa powder which is minimally processed. So you see, people, you always have to be careful about what you are buying.
Warning: Despite the multiple health benefits, they contain oxalates, and increasing oxalate levels can contribute to the formation of kidney stones. So if you are prone to having kidney stones cocoa and chocolate should not be consumed.
Health benefits of all chocolate
Since chocolate comes from the cocoa tree, it’s one of the most revered of all natural rainforest foods and the most scientifically y complex as well. The cocoa bean contains thousands of chemical nutrients.
In ancient central American culture, raw Cocoa beans were used as the coin of the realm, and they filled its treasure chests with them because they viewed them greater than gold. Dark chocolate is valued for its ability to build resistance to disease and to fight fatigue. Scientists today know that chocolate has other health benefits, such as:
- A decrease in dental cavities
- Increases brain pulsing energy
- Helps us stay and look younger as we are
- Supports your heart
- Strengthens your bones
- Prevents cancer
Wow!! This is an amazing food, and we all know that the dark chocolate version of the bar is even better for you because of its richer concentrate of the family of flavonols which have more powerful Antioxidant properties. Bottom line is if I were building my body and I am, I would suggest you put some cocoa into your mojo!
Note: Those who suffer from diabetes have to eat the chocolate in moderation because of its sugar content. No studies have yet been done on the effects of commercial chocolate on the human body, however I guess after this writing there will be.
ENJOY THE CHOCOLATE!! IT TASTE SO GOOD!!