Let’s start with the What is Cacao Butter?
Cacao butter is the edible fat extracted from the cacao bean. It is commonly used in chocolate production and has several potential health benefits.
Here are some of the positive aspects associated with cacao butter:
- Healthy Fats: Cacao butter primarily consists of saturated and monounsaturated fats. While it’s true, saturated fats have been linked to negative health effects when consumed in excess. What is not typically included with the explanation of negative health benefits is when it is ongoingly consumed in a high-carb diet. Cacao butter contains a specific type of saturated fat called stearic acid, which has been found to have a neutral effect on cholesterol levels.
- Antioxidants: Cacao butter contains antioxidants, including polyphenols and flavonoids. These compounds help combat oxidative stress, and protect the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals and have been known to reduce inflammation.
- Heart Health: The monounsaturated fats found in cacao butter, such as oleic acid, have been associated with improved heart health. Including these fats as part of a balanced diet may help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels, reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Skin Health: Cacao butter is often used in many skincare products due to its moisturizing and nourishing properties. When applied topically, it can help hydrate the skin, improve elasticity, and promote a smoother complexion.
- Mood Enhancement: Cacao butter contains certain compounds, such as phenethylamine and anandamide, which can promote feelings of well-being and happiness. These compounds are often referred to as “bliss molecules” and are associated with the pleasurable effects of consuming chocolate.
- Nutrient Density: Cacao butter is a rich source of various essential minerals, including magnesium, copper, and manganese. These minerals play important roles in various bodily functions, such as energy production, enzyme activity, and bone health.
- Satiating: Cacao butter is a good fat that satiates your hunger and often helps with relieving your body’s cravings for additional calories. Personally, I have found this to be especially true almost completely removing the cravings for sugar. The one caveat to consider is if you don’t have a gall bladder it is more difficult to process fat.
To put it all together, Cacao butter is a great source of fantastic plant-based fat that there is a lot of research that indicates could play a meaningful role in your feeling more energy, less cravings, and an overall sense of well-being and health.
To Your Exquisite Health.
The Good Fat Company Team.
Terry L Duperon