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Cocoa Powder Benefits And Side Effects, Nutrition : You Must Know

Apr 4th 2020 at 6:49 AM

As soon as the name of cocoa powder comes to our mind, chocolate comes first. Cocoa powder has been used for making chocolate, cake and milk shakes. Cocoa powder also has various health benefits.

Don’t be surprised!! Several research found that regular and moderate use of cocoa powder can be beneficial in preventing everyday health problems and reducing their symptoms.

For this reason, in this article, we are going to discuss the information related to cocoa powder based on research. Keep reading this article to know how the use of cocoa powder can benefit your body.

Before explaining the benefits of cocoa powder, we also make it clear that it is not a treatment for any disease, but it can be used to keep ourselves healthy and to protect from minor physical problems.

What Is Cocoa Powder?

The powder made by grinding cocoa beans is called cocoa powder. It has significantly less fat and most individuals consider cocoa powder as chocolate, which is not right.

Cocoa powder makes chocolate, but chocolate or ground it does not make cocoa powder.

Cocoa Powder Nutrition

Per one cup (86 g) of unsweetened dry cocoa powder contains about —

  • 196 calories
  • 49.8 g total carbohydrate (17% DV)
  • 28.5 g fiber (114% DV)
  • 11.8 g total fat (18% DV)
  • 16.9 g protein (34% DV)
  • 110 mg calcium (11% DV)
  • 11.9 mg iron (66% DV)
  • 429 mg magnesium (107% DV)
  • 631 mg phosphorus (63% DV)
  • 1311 mg potassium (37% DV)
  • 18.1 mg sodium (1% DV)
  • 5.9 mg zinc (39% DV)
  • 3.3 mg manganese (165% DV)
  • 3.3 mg copper (163% DV)
  • 2.2 mcg vitamin K (3% DV)
  • 27.5 mcg folate (7% DV)

What Are The Benefits Of Cocoa Powder?

The benefits may include —

1. Oral Health

Cocoa has been given the status of ‘Food of God’. There is a mention of this in a research by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Research says that cocoa powder can be used for many health problems. This study also mentions the use of cocoa for oral health.

On the other hand, tannin is found in cocoa, which may help to some extent in protecting teeth from caries or tooth decay.

At the same time, caffeine and theobromine present in cocoa are also considered beneficial to prevent caries. Just keep in mind that only fat free cocoa can do this.

2. Weight Loss

Consumption of cocoa is believed to control obesity. During a research in Indonesia, one group of overweight people was given capsules containing four grams of cocoa powder and the other group with one gram of cocoa powder.

According to the research, both groups recorded a decrease in their weight. Weight reduction was found around the stomach of those who consumed four grams of cocoa powder for eight weeks.

According to the research, antioxidants found in cocoa increase the hormone called leptin in the body, which helps to control appetite. For this reason, cocoa powder is believed to be beneficial in weight loss.

3. Helps To Prevent Cardiovascular Diseases

Cocoa powder has also been considered beneficial for preventing heart disease .

Cocoa powder can help in reducing weight by preventing heart disease. Indeed, increased weight serves to increase the risk of heart disease.

Research published on the website of National Center for Biotechnology Information reveals that consuming natural polyphenols present in cocoa keeps the heart healthy.

In addition, flavanols present in cocoa ensure normal blood flow to the body. Research clearly states that cocoa should be consumed in 200 mg quantity for heart health.

Polyphenols are thought to be the cause of the positive cardiovascular effects present in cocoa.

Increased nitric oxide in the body after its intake may show a potentially beneficial effect on endothelium function (thin membranes present inside the heart and blood vessels), blood pressure, insulin, and blood lipids.

4. Good For Brain and Memory

Cocoa has also been considered beneficial for brain health.

Research has found that the flavanols present in it may have the effect of increasing cognitive capacity. It can relieve fatigue and sleeplessness by improving brain function.

Cocoa has also been considered beneficial in removing the memory deficiency and the difficulty of understanding new things. For this reason, more research on cocoa on brain health is mentioned in the study.

At the same time, another research also mentions that flavonoids present in cocoa can help to improve brain function. Actually, it transmits blood to the neural tissue, which is better for the brain.

5. Reduce Inflammation

Cocoa has anti-inflammatory properties. This property can work to control inflammation as well as to reduce it.

Indeed, cocoa contains polyphenols, which exhibit this property. According to a research, polyphenols present in cocoa may help improve and reduce inflammation in the intestine.

Cocoa can also help to protect the nerves from inflammation and damage.

Flavonoid DNA, such as procyanidins and catechins, can also help protect against inflammation and oxidative damage.

6. Reduces Asthma

Natural cocoa powder, which is sweet is considered good for people with asthma.

It contains anti-asthmatic compound theobromine and theophylline. Cocoa powder, which is prepared after removing cocoa butter, contains 1.9% theobromine. For this reason, cocoa powder is believed to help reduce asthma.

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