THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCOA

Ahhh cocoa!   I love chocolate in any shape or form; bars to powder to liquid.  I am not afraid to admit I am enamoured with it all.  Cocoa powder is highly nutritious as well as providing  immense health benefits (I am talking real cocoa powder sadly not the kind in a wee envelope that comes with marshmallows) .

Cocoa Nutritional Facts
A 2 tbsp. serving of cocoa contains just 25 calories and 1.5 g of fat. It also provides you with 3.6 g of fiber, which is 14 percent of the daily value, and 8 percent of the daily value of iron and 14 percent of the daily value of magnesium.

Cocoa, used throughout history as a folk medicine, may actually have significant health benefits, according to a new study by Harvard researchers.

Their analysis of 21 studies with 2,575 participants shows that cocoa consumption is associated with decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and improvement in cholesterol levels, among other benefits.

Eric L. Ding, PhD, of Harvard Medical School says the apparent health benefits come from polyphenolic flavonoids in cocoa that have the potential to prevent heart disease. Flavonoids are antioxidants that are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, tea, wine, and coffee.

Now that you know that cocoa is good for you why not indulge in a little? Check out Olga from Fablunch recipe for vegan hot cocoa.

Julia xox

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