What Are Cacao Nibs?

What Are Cacao Nibs?
Dark chocolate of at least 70% cocoa solids is a true superfood but cacao nibs take it to the next level. Cacao nibs are essentially eating the cacao bean itself as they have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces. When we use the word ‘Cocoa‘ it is usually in reference to the processed, final product. Cacao is how any form of chocolate starts out as the beans come from the Theobroma cacao tree.
Cacao nibs are the least processed and most natural form of chocolate. The lack of processing and sugars do give them a bit of an acquired taste as they have a distinctive bitter but somewhat nutty flavor. They do however have lots of uses as you can add them into smoothies, as a topping on desserts, use in baking or even just snack on right out of the bag.
Here are 7 great nutritional benefits from eating this great, ancient ingredient.

1. Antioxidants

In my opinion this is the best reason to eat cacao nibs or dark chocolate in general. Antioxidants help fight off free radical damage in the body which can cause DNA damage, premature aging and even cancers. Think of antioxidants as firefighters putting out a blaze. And cacao is one of the highest sources of antioxidants

2. Flavonoids

Flavonoids come from plants and can be responsible for giving pigmentation and colors to being involved in UV filtration. They are similar to antioxidants in that they  have a free radical scavenging capacity and have anti-cancer properties while other flavonoids show potential for anti HIV function. We get flavonoids from fruits, vegetables, teas, wine and a significant amount from cacao. Essentially the antioxidant activity comes from flavanoids

3. Can Fight Cardiovascular Disease

There is a positive relationship between intake of flavonoid rich foods such as cacao and lower rates of cardiovascular-related mortality. In the 1930′s to early 50′s flavonoids were actually referred to as ‘Vitamin P’ because of the effect they had on the permeability of vascular capillaries. That study linked here has shown that as little as 5 grams of cacao powder is sufficient to elicit significant vasodilation of the brachial artery.

4. Fiber

There is a huge amount of fiber in just a one ounce serving of cacao nibs. 9 grams! This can help control your blood pressure and blood glucose levels. This fiber can also help lower blood cholesterol as well as helping keep bowel movements regular. You and I are close now and I think we can definitely talk about that…

5. Magnesium

A one ounce serving of cacao nibs has 64 milligrams of magnesium making it one of the best dietary sources of it. Magnesium is starting to be really recognized as a very key element for the body as it is involved in hundreds of functions in the body such as:
  • protein synthesis
  • muscle and nerve function
  • blood glucose control
  • blood pressure regulation

6. Potassium

This time in a one ounce serving you are looking at 183 mg of potassium! Potassium is crucial for life, it is key in heart, kidneys and other organs to function properly. Potassium is found in a lot of foods including cacao nibs but the average person is not eating a healthy diet and low potassium is associated with:
  • risk of high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • arthritis
  • cancer
  • digestive orders
  • infertility

7. Improved Mood

Chocolate and cacao help stimulate the brain into releasing neurotransmitters that can trigger feel good hormones. One of those unique neurotransmitters released by cacao is phenylethylamine. This“love drug” releases endorphins giving us alertness, contentment and a better sense of well-being.
El chocolate negro con 70% quiere decir que tiene un 70% de sólidos de cacao y el cacao es un verdadero superalimento,  pero los granos o semillas de cacao constituyen un nivel superior.
Son Fragmentos de cacao tostados, separados de sus cascaras y rotos en pedazos. Generalmente cuando consumimos cacao es en su forma final luego de varios procesos, estos granos son la forma menos procesada y mas natural. Su sabor es un poco mas amargo ya que no contiene azucares, y tienen muchísimos beneficios entre ellos:
🌰 Gran fuente de Antioxidantes que ayudan a combatir los radicales libres en el cuerpo que causan daños al ADN, envejecimiento prematuro y hasta cancer.
🌰 Contiene flavonoides que ayudan en la pigmentación y colores por su efecto en la
filtración de los rayos UV. Son similares a los antioxidantes en que tienen una capacidad de captación de radicales libres y tienen propiedades anti-cancerígenas, mientras que otros flavonoides muestran potencial para la función anti VIH. Recibimos flavonoides de las frutas, verduras, té, vino y una cantidad significativa de cacao.
🌰 Al ingerir alimentos ricos en flavonoides como el Cacao provocamos vasodilatación en la arteria braquial y ello previene enfermedades vasculares.
🌰 Hay una gran cantidad de fibra en sólo una porción de una onza de fragmentos de cacao. 9 gramos! Esto puede ayudar a controlar la presión arterial y los niveles de glucosa en sangre. Esta fibra también puede ayudar a reducir el colesterol en la sangre, así como ayudar a mantener los movimientos intestinales regulares.
🌰 Una porción de una onza de fragmentos de cacao tiene 64 miligramos de magnesio por lo que es una de las mejores fuentes dietéticas de ella. El magnesio está involucrado en cientos de funciones en el cuerpo, como:⭕️ síntesis de proteínas.
⭕️ la función muscular y nerviosa
⭕️ control de la glucosa en sangre.
⭕️ regulación de la presión arterial
🌰 El potasio es esencial para la vida, es clave para que el corazón, riñones y otros órganos funcionen correctamente. En solo una onza de cacao encuentras hasta 183 mg de potasio! Recordemos que la falta de potasio se asocia con:
😟 riesgo de presión arterial alta.
😟enfermedad del corazón
😟 artritis
😟 cáncer
😟 Desórdenes digestivos
😟 esterilidad
🌰 el cacao y el chocolate Mejoran estimulan neurotransmisores como la feniletilamina (droga del amor) en el cerebro que pueden desencadenar la liberación de hormonas como endorfinas que nos proporcionan estado de alerta, alegría y sentimiento de bienestar que modifican el estado de animo.
A consumir cacao!😍

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