Cocoa for Health and Immunity-Cocoa is considered a spice. It is so beloved and appreciated that almost 70% of the world consumes it. It is first introduced by Europe and quickly became popular as a health-promoting spice. This blog “Cocoa for Health and Immunity” gives information about the nutrition and facts about cocoa
Cocoa pods are grown in different colors like red, green, and purple. Just like coffee beans cocoa beans are roasted and winnowed. Cocoa is rich in Polyphenols that are a type of natural antioxidants that are also available in many fruits and vegetables.
It also reduces high blood pressure and puts stress hormones in control. Cocoa butter is also used for dryness and many skin related problems.
A study suggested that consuming a few cocoa bites in a day reduces the chances of cancer and heart attack. A review of nine studies in 157,800 people found that higher chocolate consumption was associated with a significantly lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and death. Cocoa also reduces cataracts and improves heart condition.
Not only these there are many benefits with Cocoa. It is also an anti-depressant and has nutrients like Theobromine and Theophylline to help with Asthma. It has anti-inflammatory properties which can also detoxify liver.
You can easily include them in your diet like eating dark chocolate as a snack. Making puddings, smoothies, and milkshakes. You can also add little pieces to your salads to give a good flavor.
You can also have chocolate tea with cocoa shells and bergamot. This tea can also boost immunity. Here is a little recipe with Dark chocolate
Dark Chocolate Smoothie
- 3-5 dates.
- 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1.5 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1tbsp vanilla and dash of coffee powder.
- half banana.
- Soften the dates for 3 mins in hot water.
- Blend the almond milk and soften dates in a blender.
- Add the vanilla and cocoa mixture to the milk.
- Serve it with ice.
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