5 Fantastic Reasons Everyone Should Be Crazy For Cacao Nibs! August 01, 2017 07:49
Nevermind the reasons, what actually are Cacao Nibs I hear you ask?
Cacao nibs are the cacao bean itself (minus the shell) essentially, first the beans are roasted as they are, then separated from their shell or 'husk' then they are broken into much smaller pieces, so they are easy to eat and add to other foods or as a snack.
Cacao nibs are in fact ‘Cocoa‘ but in it's unrefined and far more nutritious form, Cocoa is the name generally given to the refined/processed version when dairy and other not so nutritious ingredients are added to it.
Cacao beans come from the Theobroma cacao tree and Cacao nibs are the lowest processed form of chocolate and in turn the most natural. It's this low amount of processing and sugars that mean they can take a little getting used to, especially the nutty and fairly bitter taste they have.
They are highly adaptable and can be used in your morning porridge for a bit of a crunch, add into smoothies, toppings on a variety of desserts, throw into your baking and they are great as a snack as they are. So let's get down to the specific reasons...
5 fantastic reasons you should be nibbling cacao nibs!
1. Antioxidant Rich
Cacao nibs are extremely rich in antioxidants, antioxidants are the things that help the body to combat free radicals and reduce the amounts of oxidative stress and DNA damage. Oxidative stress can cause cell damage and is associated with premature ageing, the development of cardiovascular diseases cancer and diabetes. Cacao nibs are one of the highest sources of these helpful little antioxidants.
2. Full of magnesium.
Magnesium is a very underrated micro nutrient which does some very important things in the body such as helping to keep your stress hormones under control, it can raise your mood, as well as getting rid of heavy metals from the body. So of its other abilities include fighting tiredness or fatigue, it protects the heart from heart disease and much more. 28grams of cacao nibs provide 80 milligrams Magnesium.
3. Vitamin central - Iron, potassium and zinc.
Deficiency of Iron is a problem across the world and not getting enough iron can cause issues such as headaches, extreme tiredness and lightheadedness.
Zinc is important for your immune system, helps keep skin in good condition and allergies at bay. It can help with those that have trouble sleeping, combat digestive disorders and cardiovascular disease.
4. A great source of Manganese.
Manganese? Never heard of it I hear you say. Well, Manganese is an important trace mineral that has shown to help improve cases of arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, as well as even epilepsy. As well as this it helps the body to form connective tissue which is vital in creating good skin, bones it also can increase your energy and even fertility in some cases.
5. Copious amounts of copper.
Copper is said to protect the heart, has a great role to play in metabolic function, there is a large deficiency in this mineral worldwide sadly so Cacao Nibs are a good source.
It also increases your immunity, helps the body to absorb iron and keeps your all important bones strong as well as helping to maintains collagen which is the main structural protein found in skin and other tissues.
Another reason many enjoy Cacao nibs is the mood-boost they get from them. Cacao nibs contain substances such as phenylethylamine which create the mood enhancing effect many enjoy when eating chocolate or coco eating chocolate.
Phenylethylamine is something we can produce naturally ourselves and makes us feel excitement also there's anandamide. Anandamide has a relaxing effect on the body.
So some great reasons why adding Cacao and Cacao nibs into your diet is a smart move.
We find adding them into a nut mix tastes like your eating Fruit and Nut chocolate bar though minus the dairy and sugar down side.
Grab your nibs here and let us know how you get on...
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