cocoa

cacao

PRIMARY MICRO NUTRIENTS Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamins B2, B3
SECONDARY MICRO NUTRIENTS Vitamins B1, B5, Folate
NUTRITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS and NOTES
  • Exceptionally nutritious!
  • Cholesterol profile and uptake
    • Saturated vegetable fat does not increase cholesterol levels
    • Contains plant sterols sitosterol and stigmasterol that compete with cholesterol for absorption in GI tract helping to prevent cholesterol uptake
  • Neurotransmitter and mood modulation
    • Contains phenythlamine (released by neurons at moments of euphoria) and anandamine (released by brain to engender pleasant feelings, enhances relaxation and lessens anxiety, uses same receptors in brain that THC binds to)
    • Compounds in chocolate further inhibit natural breakdown of anandamine
FUNCTIONAL BENEFITS
  • Preventing cholesterol damage and artery lining health
  • Heart problems – flavonoids prevent blood platelets from aggregating to form blood clots
  • Amino acid Arginine
    • Helps regulate blood flow, inflammation, blood pressure
    • Arginine needed to produce Nitric Oxide which causes blood vessels to dilate
PHYTONUTRIENTS
  • High in Flavonoids and contains co-factors that enhance absorption of these flavonoids
  • Anti-oxidant activity of flavonoids, procyanidans, catechins (also found in tea), and phenols (also found in red wine)
PLANT FAMILY
DANGERS
  • Big industry – chemical use and slavery
  • Oxalates (Calcium binding and kidneys)
  • Quantity of sterols in cocoa butter is small
  • Contains Caffeine

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