Cocoa is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of the cacao tree from which chocolate is made – and I love it! Since my no sugar requirement kicked in, it’s become a Fussy Foodie must have. I sprinkle it on things, drink hot cocoa with cinnamon and even add it to my porridge.
So I got to thinking is cocoa actually good for me?
There have been lots of studies into the health benefits of cocoa over the years. A study Dr Chang Yong Lee and colleagues at Cornell University in New York carried out tests to measure antioxidants levels in tea, red wine and cocoa. A cup of cocoa came out on top with their study finding it was twice as rich in antioxidants as a glass of red wine, up to three times richer than a cup of green tea and up to five times richer than black tea. Antioxidants can “mop up” free radicals – charged particles, produced by the body, which can damage cells and trigger diseases like cancer.
Foods rich in cocoa are also said to reduce blood pressure and contain magnesium, iron, chromium, vitamin C, zinc and other goodness.
So it seems that cup of hot cocoa I have is a great way to obtain more antioxidants and gets some goodness in my body.