Chocolate / Cacao
Many people wonder what is the difference between cocoa and cacao. Chocolate is made from cacao seeds of a fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree. Experts use the term "cacao" for the content of a seed (or a bean) and "cocoa" for powder left after pressing the fat out of a bean. However, the use of “cacao” and “cocoa” terms on chocolate products is very inconsistent. It often varies by brand. This is why you should not assume that one product is better than another only by the term used on packaging.
Raw cacao and products which contain it are rich sources of beneficial plant compounds, for example, flavonols. Among all other health benefits, they have antioxidant, anti-cancer and heart-protective properties. Vegetarians and vegans, as their sources of iron are limited, may profit a lot from a fact that cacao contains iron that is easily absorbed by your body (unlike some plant sources of this mineral). Cacao products also contain tryptophan. It is an amino acid that your body uses to make serotonin - an amazing brain chemical that helps you relax!
Despite all these benefits, remember that chocolate is high in calories! For that reason, it is wise to choose dark chocolate and unsweetened cacao products, such as cacao nibs, raw chocolate bars, organic cacao powder or granola cacao bars. Thanks to such choices you can use all the benefits of raw cacao and at the same time minimize health risks linked to eating too much sugar, such as weight gain or dental decay.
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