6 Reasons To Eat More Cacao Nibs
Cacao nibs are the least processed and most natural form of chocolate. In essence, when someone eats cacao nibs, they are eating 100% cocoa beans. Cacao nibs are the bean that chocolate comes from, roasted and cut into tiny bits. They taste a little bitter, nutty, and slightly chocolatey all at the same time, and you can easily add them to a bunch of things, like trail mixes or yogurt.
Here are 6 reasons to add cacao nibs to your diet:
Raw Organic Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Antioxidants help our body neutralize free radicals, and prevent oxidative stress, which can cause severe cell damage and is thought to play a big role in developing cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
2) High In 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. Unlike sugars and refined carbohydrates, fiber does not break down into glucose and will not cause a blood glucose spike.
Raw Organic Cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.
Potassium is found in a lot of foods including cacao nibs (183 milligrams per ounce), but the average person is not eating enough for a healthy diet. Potassium has been proven to help regulate blood pressure and lower risk of heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and cancer.
5) Natural Mood Elevator
Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness and can even alleviate depression.
Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron, with one ounce containing 6 percent of your daily iron needs. Note the iron in cacao is non-heme (as is all plant-based iron), so to get the maximum benefits you’ll want to combine it with some vitamin C.