- July 1st, 2013
WHAT IT IS: Cacao bean, better known as cacao or cocoa, is a fatty bean in the Malvaceae family. Cocoa beans are the source for cocoa solids and cocoa butter.
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- July 1st, 2012
Researchers have discovered that consuming dietary fiber-rich cocoa products positively affects bowel function. While dietary fiber has always been important as part of a healthy diet, cocoa has not been included in the western diet. Researchers found that regular consumption of cocoa products increases dietary fiber intake to recommended levels and improves bowel habits.
- November 1st, 2011
Nestled among the flora of steamy equatorial forests across the world, the Theobroma cacao tree can be found sprouting leathery, seemingly useless pods. However, inside these red, brown, or green football-shaped pods are precious cacao beans full of flavanoids and antioxidant polyphenols.Crack open the pod of powerful antioxidantsBy Brooke Holmgren
- May 1st, 2006
I’ve often regarded chocolate as a guilty pleasure, but it really goes beyond pure indulgence, doesn’t it? Yes! Recent scientific evidence has shown that if we have enough chocolate, it will lower our blood pressure, potentially lower our cholesterol, give us some of the vitamins we get in our servings of fruit and vegetables, and may even act like a baby aspirin.By Judy Brooks