Cocoa powder is an unsweetened powder produced by grinding cacao beans and pressing out the cocoa butter. The resulting powder is low in fat, but has an intense chocolate taste. It most commonly used in baked goods, where it is mixed with sugar and other fats, like butter or coconut oil.
Cocoa is rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. It is also a good source of selenium, potassium, and zinc while providing the body with protein and dietary fibres. In addition to this, the cholesterol content in it is almost negligible.
Our Cocoa is processed in the world’s chocolate capital – The Netherlands.
What are the benefits of Cocoa?
Improves Brain Health – Scientists have suggested that flavonoid-rich cocoa may aid in maintaining a healthy brain. These neuroprotective benefits could also have favorable effects on learning and memory functions. The findings have advocated that the consumption of cocoa-based products enhances the flow of blood to the brain and they have provided evidence of the therapeutic potential for curing vascular disorders.
Diabetes Management – The consumption of cocoa has been shown to be effective in improving insulin resistance and glucose metabolism. This, in turn, aids in regulating sugar levels in the body.
Manages Obesity – A study has shown the potential benefits of cocoa in preventing high-fat-diet-induced obesity. Its intake helps in modulating lipid metabolism and reducing the synthesis and transport of fatty acids. It has also demonstrated an improvement in thermogenesis, the mechanism of heat production in white adipose tissues and the liver.
Enhances Mood – Consuming cocoa has shown antidepressant-like effects on certain physiological processes. Studies have shown that its flavonoids help to enhance mood, combat depression, and promote improved cognitive activities during persistent mental exertion. The presence of the neurochemical phenylethylamine in it also helps in enhancing feelings of contentment and promoting aphrodisiac effects!
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Anna believes that in order to achieve your full potential in life you must first and foremost look after and value your body and mind.
Anna’s favourite time of day is the early morning (yes 4am early) enjoying a cup of tea and thinking about the day ahead, and maybe doing some test baking!