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Dark Cocoa Powder

Latin name: Theobroma Cacao

Health Benefits of Dark Cocoa Powder

Dark cocoa powder is formed when three quarters of the of the cocoa butter is removed from the cocoa liqueur, leaving a powdery substance.  Dark cocoa powder is not only valued as a delicious ingredient in desserts, but it also offers many health benefits which include:

  • The antioxidant flavanol, which has a positive affect on cardiovascular health by keeping blood vessels relaxed.
  • Raises the level of sarotonin and stimulates the secretion of endorphins - this acts as a natural antidepressent and helps create a sense of well being in the brain.  This will also help PMS symptoms.
  • Other chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, found in cocoa that are mood elevators are dopamine, phenylethylamine and anandamide.  These also help increase focus and alertness, and aid in relaxation.
  • Cocoa powder is very high in magnesium.  Many ailments can be traced to magnesium deficiency, such as diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems.
  • High in the beauty mineral sulfur, cocoa powder helps build strong hair and nails, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas function.
  • Contains oleic acid, a healthy fat also found in olive oil.
  • Cocoa powder may help reduce appetite. 

Nutritional Benefits of Dark Cocoa Powder

  • Contains calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulfer, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and proteins.
  • Also contains beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic acid, lipase, lysine, and fiber. 

How to Use Dark Cocoa Powder

  • The most common way to use cocoa powder is in baking.  You can also of course make a delicious hot cocoa or add some to your morning smoothie!

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