Nutrition 101: Benefits of Cacao

Why cacao?

I don't think I need to convince anyone to eat chocolate, but let's go for the healthy version.

Top Benefits of Cacao

  1. Antioxidants. One of nature's highest grossing sources of antioxidants, it has more than blueberries, wine or tea!
    • Antioxidants protect against free radical damage and can be anti-aging and anticancer.
  2. Cancer fighting. It's a great source of flavanoids. What are flavanoids? They are the compounds found in plants in their pigmentation -- ie., what gives them color. Flavanoids:
    • Are associated with numerous health benefits, including anti-infllammatory, anticancer, anti-infectious, and antioxidant properties! The jury's still out on what precisely they do, but let's eat chocolate just in case, ok?
  3. Nutrients. Not a bad source of:
    • fiber,
    • protein,
    • magnesium,
    • iron,
    • potassium,
    • & more!
    • They help you boost your vitamins for the day. If you're plantbased, finding foods with high sources of iron may seem like a problem, but it's really not, especially if you get a few doses of this throughout the day! Cacao in its powder form is also low in fat (though we know that's not how it's usually prepared, with oils & butter).

I love chocolate as much as the next person (maybe more), but no matter what healthy food blog or supplement company says about cacao (or any so-called "superfood"), it's not a magic solution to anything. It's simply a tasty addition to any healthy diet, in moderation.

Note: make sure you get "cacao" and not "cocoa" -- the latter is much more processed and no where near the real version. You won't be getting any of these fantastic benefits I just mentioned above!

Don't know what to make with cacao? Try my cacao coconut oil chocolate sauce.