Cocoa powder plays an important role in the chocolate world and is rich in minerals. Bulk cocoa powder contain manganese, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins A, D, E, B1 and alkaloids with various bioactive functions.
Research at Pennsylvania State University has found that consumption of cocoa may stabilise blood sugar and control body weight. Because cocoa is rich in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and has few absorbable carbohydrates, it is easy to feel full and has little effect on blood sugar. In addition, MIT research has found that it is possible to increase the concentration of serotonin in the brain, thereby stabilising emotions and controlling appetite.
The American Medical Association has confirmed that eating cocoa does not cause acne, but rather that the rich proanthocyanidins and catechins in cocoa, along with vitamins A and zinc, can improve skin beauty.
Cocoa contains phenylethylamine, a signal substance produced by the brain when we are in love, which makes us feel happy.
A 2002 study by the American Heart Association and the University of California found that consuming cocoa has cardiovascular benefits. In a report entitled "Cocoa polyphenols and cardiovascular health", Professor Schrott of the University of California said, "Many types of polyphenols exist in nature, the most common of which are flavonoids in plant foods".
Research at Harvard University found that vitamin E is the main vitamin in cocoa and proanthocyanidins are the main polyphenols in cocoa. They are major free radical scavengers and protect the body from oxidative damage, making them useful for cardiovascular and anti-ageing purposes.
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