Eat More Chocolate! 8 Benefits of Cacao

Chocolate lovers rejoice! The benefits of cacao can totally recharge your mental and physical health! For those of you who have no idea what cacao is, it’s a bean like seed from which cocoa, cocoa butter, and chocolate is derived from. This superfood is truly amazing, and is believed to enhance your mood, improve your memory, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and increase your energy levels.

Here at Boxtera we are absolutely crazy about cacao, and you should be too! Here are 8 reasons why cacao is truly a miracle food!!

  • It Makes You Happy
  • Ever wonder why one small bite of chocolate automatically puts you in a better mood?  It may be because cacao contains a mood improver, anandamide. Anandamide is the known as the bliss molecule because it triggers feel-good chemicals.

  • It Protects Your Heart
  • Cacao contains flavonoids which is an antioxidant that protects your heart. It may help you fight cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of stroke, and help improve your overall blood circulation.

  • It Balances Hormones
  • It’s no secret that many women experience strong cravings for chocolate during PMS. The scientific reason behind this is because during this period women's serotonin levels drop significantly, and cacao is known to boost brain levels of serotonin. With the help of some chocolate, serotonin levels can calm hormones and restore your mood.

  • It Slows Down Aging
  • Cacao contains antioxidants that increase cellular life and keep us looking and feeling younger. The antioxidants found in cacao known as anthocyanins protect cells from premature oxidation and destruction.

  • It Can Help You Lose Weight
  • That’s right cacao can help you shed pounds! Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAO’s) found in cacao are known to decrease your appetite. It’s often found in diet pills which contain other dangerous ingredients, but on its own or added to coffee or milk, cacao can be the perfect dietary supplement!

  • It Gives You an Energy Boost
  • Ever reach for a piece of chocolate during your afternoon slump? You probably experience this sudden craving because cacao contains a ton of magnesium, which is known to increase energy levels and fight fatigue.

  • It Takes Care of Your Liver & Pancreas
  • Cacao is a great source of sulfur which is known to have health benefits on your liver and pancreas, as well as giving your shiny hair, strong nails, and a clear complexion!

  • It’s a Great Source of Fat
  • Everyone needs healthy sources of fat in their diet. Cacao contains a monounsaturated fat similar to olive oil. Check out our past blog that discusses the benefits of healthy fats here.

    If these health benefits have you stoked on cacao then check out our delicious Organic Super Green Energy Squares. Happy Snacking!

    Check out Boxtera’s Snack Shop Here.
    Sarah Francis
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