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The Health Benefits of Raw Cacao Powder

In this blog series, we turn the spotlight on the ingredients we use in our products and programs. At Eat by Alex, we only use whole foods and plant-based ingredients to deliver optimal nutrition to you. 

In this article, we will be breaking down some of the health benefits of raw cacao powder. Raw cacao powder is often praised for its wide range of health benefits, and it tastes delicious. This is why we use raw cacao in our Cosmic Cacao Blend and Brownie Bites.

The history of cacao dates back to ancient civilizations in Mesoamerica, where the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) is believed to have originated. The Olmec civilization, one of the earliest Mesoamerican cultures, is credited with being among the first to cultivate and use cacao as early as 1500 BCE.  

So, why is raw cacao powder a superfood you should be consuming daily?


Benefits of raw cacao powder

 

Rich in antioxidants

Raw cacao is packed with flavonoids, polyphenols, and antioxidants. These compounds help neutralize free radicals in the body, which may contribute to aging and various diseases.

 

Heart Health

The antioxidants in cacao may have cardiovascular benefits, such as improving blood flow, reducing blood pressure, and lowering the risk of heart disease.

 

Mood Enhancement

Cacao contains several compounds that may positively influence mood and brain function. It contains theobromine, a mild stimulant, and small amounts of caffeine, which can contribute to increased alertness and improved mood.


Rich in Minerals

Raw cacao is a good source of essential minerals, including magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Magnesium, in particular, plays a crucial role in muscle and nerve function, as well as bone health.

 

Brain Health

The flavonoids and other compounds in cacao may have neuroprotective effects, potentially supporting brain health and reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Improved Skin Health

Some antioxidants in cacao may contribute to healthier skin by protecting it from oxidative stress. Additionally, the high sulfur content in cacao may promote healthy skin.

 

Blood Sugar Regulation

Cacao may help regulate blood sugar levels. Flavanols in cacao may improve insulin sensitivity, which is beneficial for those at risk of or managing diabetes.



Our commitment to using whole foods and plant-based ingredients emphasises our dedication to providing you with optimal nutrition. The rich history of cacao, tracing back to ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, highlights its continued significance and nutritional value. Raw cacao's abundance of antioxidants, minerals, and compounds like flavonoids offer a range of benefits, from promoting heart and brain health to enhancing mood and skin vitality.

Want to learn more about the ingredients we use for our products and why? Take a look at our other ingredient spotlight blog posts to discover more about our nutritious and nourishing products.



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