Where encourages cocoa?
Cocoa is the end product which is obtained from the fruit of the plant Theobroma cacao, which belongs to the woody plants and grow on the soil of South America. In Europe the first cocoa was brought by Columbus during the 1502.
Cocoa butter and cocoa powder are made from the fruit of cocoa, although it can be eat raw.
What is the nutritional value of cocoa?
Compared with other foodstuffs, for cocoa it can be said that possess the highest concentration of very important antioxidants, which protect human's health.
Mineral composition of cocoa is as follows:
Since vitamin, in cocoa are vitamin C and vitamins of B group, particularly vitamin B3 is present.
Nutritional composition of cocoa looks like this:
- 25% of vegetable fat
- 20% protein
- 10% carbohydrates
Although cocoa belongs to calorific foods, due to the presence of vegetable fats must be said that in the composition of these fats enter unsaturated fatty acids, which are healthy and necessary. Most stands oleic fatty acid in cocoa.
Cocoa contains antioxidants (polyphenols, catechins) and flavonoids, which are very important to strengthen the body and prevent many diseases.
The content of caffeine in cocoa is low, but the other ingredient of cocoa gives a similar function as caffeine in coffee, and it’s known as theobromine. Theobromine is an alkaloid that stimulates the central nervous system and the heart, dilates blood vessels and has a diuretic effect.
What are the Health Benefits of Cocoa?
1. Prevents cardiovascular disease
2. Due to the content of theobromine, cocoa can be used in the state of cough, because it can replace codeine which is an ingredient for coughing syrups
3. Protects the body from the effects of free radicals that damage cells
4. Lowers blood pressure and regulate cholesterol
5. Prevents the occurrence of anemia
6. improves memory and concentration
7. Regulates levels of stress hormones
8. Regulates blood sugar levels
9. It has diuretic properties (helps excretion of excess water from the body)
10. Improves circulation
11. Prevents aging
12 affects the secretion of the hormone of happiness and affects mood
13. It nourishes and protects the skin and hair
14. Cocoa is a good aphrodisiac
15. Encourages better metabolism
Cocoa doesn't recommended for these categories:
Children younger than three years - Cocoa can cause allergic reactions. In addition, since the cocoa is high-fat, it is too heavy for the stomach of small children.
For those who suffer from hemorrhoids - Cocoa is prohibited for these people, because it contains tannins, active substances which have an astringent effect.
Those who suffer from headaches - It is not rare that people pick headaches after eating chocolate or drink a cup of cocoa.
For those who have cysts in the breast - Three alkaloids in cocoa (caffeine, theophylline and theobromine) stimulates the production of fibrous tissue and cysts in the body.
Those who suffer from severe nervousness - Consuming large quantities of cocoa may aggravate these symptoms due to caffeine and theobromine, which excite.
For those who are too sensitive to caffeine - Although in very small amounts (0.15%), cocoa does contain caffeine. Some people can be sensitive on smaller amounts of these substances and therefore suffer from insomnia.