For some, it could be home-cooked food or snuggling with a furry pet. For a few others, it could be mother’s love or stealing dad’s car for a ride. But to me, and millions like me, BLISS = CHOCOLATE! Wondering where this form of pure bliss comes from? The answer is cacao beans. Cacao beans are the raw material for the multibillion-dollar chocolate industry.
But the reason you found this article in the Health and Wellness section is that cacao beans have numerous health benefits and promote wellness. Want to know how cacao helps you? And whether cacao is the same as cocoa? Put your reading glasses on and get started! Cacao bean pods have 35-50 almond-like seeds, which have shells, separated by sweet-tasting pulp. The seeds are processed to get the cacao powder, with which dark chocolate is made.
7Nurtures Your Skin
Cacao and its derivatives (like cocoa powder and dark chocolate) are rich in flavanols like epicatechin, catechin, epigallic acid, caffeic acid, and theobromine. These compounds scavenge the free radicals generated, particularly in your skin, due to UV and visible light exposure. Dark chocolate has an anti-aging effect as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has shown to reduce erythema and skin cancers by about 25%. Topical application of cocoa butter can reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, pimples, blemishes, and breakouts on your skin.