heard of cacao nibs?? its not cocoa nibs! its cacao nibs! they are raw chocolate chips, no processing, no added refined sugar, but you still get that chocolate flavour plus all the amazing natural benefits of chocolate and this my friends is a super food that should be included in your diet if you are a chocoholic like me.
if you are not familiar with cacao nibs, then you should continue reading. Most of us knows that cacao or Theobroma cacao, is the source of original natural chocolate. It actually comes from the seeds of the fruit of the cacao tree; I remember during my childhood on one summer holidays while playing with my cousins at Kottayam, we came across the cacao tree and we managed to pull out a large fruit and somehow opened it and found some white seeds and in my all kiddish innocence thinking it is pure cacao I tasted some and it was the most bitterest taste I have experienced and the reason why I still remember it when I think of original cacao fruit. So, the seeds of cacao fruit does not taste like chocolate at all.
Raw cocoa is a super food which contains phytonutrients, sulfur, magnesium etc. The nutrients provides some benefits like gives you more focus and alertness, keeps you in a good mood, decrease depression etc.
Cacao nibs have more antioxidants than tea, wine, blue berries, and even goji berries. Epicatechin is a flavanol found in cacoa which in the process of manufacturing dark chocolate retains, but whereas milk chocolate does not retain much.
So, to get all the benefits cacao needs to be pure, least processed etc and that makes cacao nibs special. They are cacao beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces.
Here is one super healthy chocolate smoothie recipe for you to try with cacao nibs.
Some benefits of cacao nibs are:
Helps to lose weight and manage weight : Pure unrefined cacao nibs has lots of fiber and makes you feel fuller plus it helps with your chocolate cravings minus the calories. Moreover, the serotonin levels are increased which will make your brain feel that you are full and suppress hunger.
Prevents Anemia and iron deficiency, reduce risk or coronary disease and stroke, is rich in antioxidant and the phytonutrients in cacao nibs helps to absorb the free radicles that cause damage to our body.
Enhances mood: Raw cacao contains natural chemicals that keep you alert, boost your mood, decrease depression, and help you focus. Depression is one cause for weight gain and feeling happy by consuming cacao means that our desire to overeat reduces.