Did you know you can eat cocoa butter? You may think of it as a lotion or beauty cream but it's quite edible and tasty too!
Cocoa butter is extracted from the regular cocoa bean, which is the same bean that is used to create chocolate.
Cocoa butter is what brings in the healthy fats to dark chocolate and gives you that creamy consistency you’ve come to love.
Here's how cocoa butter can help improve your health and a few tips for including it in your meals too.
1. Antioxidant Power
Cocoa butter is a BIG source of antioxidants as well as polyphenols.
Cocoa butter is one of the top polyphenols in the human diet. This makes it excellent for fending off oxidative damage that can lead to serious disease diseases like cancer.
2. Heart-Boosting Saturated Fat
Yes, it can even improve heart health! Cocoa butter is ideal for lowering bad cholesterol and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.
This is despite the fact that saturated fat makes up around 60% of the total fat content found in cocoa butter.
This is thanks to the fact that polyphenols lower the inflammatory markers that cause hardening of the arteries. Hardening of the arteries leads to only one place…heart attack or heart disease.
Still, keep in mind that cocoa butter is a fat rich food and like all fats, it should be eaten in moderation.
3. Immune Strengthening Benefits
Cocoa butter will help to strengthen your immune system too!
The polyphenols found in cocoa butter help to fight off inflammation, DNA damage and potential cellular mutations.Tweet
This all helps you ward off more serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and other autoimmune related conditions.
4. Combats Aging
Yep, it fights aging too!
The polyphenols found in cocoa butter are great for boosting collagen retention. This leads to healthier, smoother looking skin.
You can simply smear cocoa butter right onto your skin. It's adds moisture to your skin and helps protect it from the harsh elements of the environment.
- 1/2 cup of cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup of shea butter
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- a few drops of essential oil for added scent.
Rub this onto your skin, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then cleanse.
Adding Cocoa Butter To Your Diet
So, how can you add cocoa butter to your meal plan?
You can use cocoa butter the same way you'd use coconut oil. It can be used in baking, to sauté your meats, or even used to make your own chocolate by combining with cocoa powder along with a sweetener.
However you choose to use it, this is one food that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Cocoa butter is quite tasty so get creative and see how you can put it to work in your life.
Yours in Health,
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