Cocoa Is No Longer A Bad Word
Cocoa is no longer a bad word. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is frequently touted as a healthy “treat.” This is because its nutrients have been linked to health benefits like lower risk of heart disease. However, if we really get down to it, it’s the cocoa that delivers these potential benefits. Cocoa is mixed with sugar and fat to make different varieties of chocolate, which is why dark chocolate is advocated for health instead of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate typically contains more of the good stuff (cocoa) and less of the not-so-good stuff (fat and sugar).
In essence, chocolate is really a delivery vehicle for cocoa – to get the health benefits of the cocoa. We allow for some extra calories to come along for the ride when we eat chocolate. While this works for some people just fine. Others may want to experiment with different ways of getting cocoa into their diet without adding inches to their waistline. Unsweetened cocoa powder can be used in myriad ways in the kitchen, adding a depth of rich flavour.
Unsweetened cocoa powder is low in calories, but delivers a concentrated source of flavonoids. Which are the plant-based substances suspected of providing chocolate with its potential health benefits? The flavonoids in cocoa have been linked with lowering inflammation in the body, as well as relaxing the blood vessels. This helps blood flow better through the body and reducing blood pressure. Cocoa powder is also a good source of some minerals, including iron, magnesium, zinc and manganese. It also provides almost two grams of fibre in one tablespoon of powder.
Our fruity bites contain 5% natural cocoa. They are also naturally sweetened with Orange, Raisins, Cashews and Dates making them a great sweet and healthy option. Cocoa is no longer a bad word!