COCOA BEANS HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Cocoa beans, akin to vanilla beans and saffron, are one of the highly prized, non-pungent condiment ingredients employed especially as a flavoring agent in wide array of confectionaries.

The beans carry high calories because of their high fat content. Cocoa solids, a byproduct of cocoa mass after extracting cocoa butter, on the other hand is very low in calories.

Cocoa powder carry minerals, and phytochemicals at higher concentrations that were nearly a miss in the cocoa butter.

Cocoa solids packed with phytochemicals; theobromine, and caffeine. Thier levels, however, is far below that found in the coffee powder.

Theobromine and caffeine are nervous system stimulants and work as mood elevators.

Additionally, cocoa has phenolic ant-oxidants like catechins, anthocyanidins and pro-anthocyanidins. Research studies suggest that these chemical compounds, by virtue of their antioxidant properties, work against cancers, inflammation, aging, and viral infections.

Its solid extracts carry good amounts of B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6. These vitamins help in enzyme synthesis, nervous system function and regulating body metabolism.

Further, the solids also contains excellent composition of minerals such as iron, selenium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and zinc. Selenium is a cardio protective and antioxidant found abundantly in these beans.

Nutritional value

Nutritional value:  100 g

Principle

Nutrient Value

%  RDA

Energy

228 Kcal

11%

Sugars

1.75 g

1%

Protein

19.60 g

35%%

Total Fat

13.70 g

46%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

37 g

97%

VITAMINS

Folates

32 mcg

8%

Niacin

2.185 mg

13%

Pantothenic caid

0.254 mg

5%

Pyridoxine

0.118 mg

9%

Riboflavin

0.241 mg

18%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Vitamin C

0 mg

0%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

21 mg

1.5%

Potassium

1524 mg

32%

MINERALS

Calcium

128 mg

13%

Copper

3.837 mg

426%

Iron

13.86 mg

173%

Magnesium

499 mg

125%

Manganese

3.837 mg

239%

Phosphorus

734 mg

105%

Selenium

14.3 mcg

26%

Zinc

6.81 mg

62%

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