Food of the Week- Cocoa Powder

  • While cocoa powder antioxidants, specifically procyanidins and epicatechins, are similar to those found in tea, red wine and many fruits and vegetables, the structure of some cocoa flavonoids is unique, giving them even more free-radical-scavenging and metal-binding capacity than flavonoids found in other plant foods.
  • Cacao contains the mood improver, anandamide – known as the bliss molecule, which creates a feeling of euphoria.
  • Another mood-enhancing compound found in cacao is PEA or phenethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphins and pleasurable opium-like neurochemicals. These often release naturally when we fall in love.
  • Cacao boosts brain levels of serotonin, the feel good brain chemical. When women are experiencing PMS serotonin levels drop dramatically.
  • AHarvard study by Dr. Gary Small, showed that middle-aged people who drank two cups a day had improved memory and increased blood flow to the brain.
  • 1 Tablespoon is 12 calories, .74g fat, 2.93g carbs, 1.06 protein

 


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