Modern day diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, hypo-tension gout etc. can be traced to what we eat. These diseases can be easily managed using food.
The correct intake of carbohydrate, protein, fibre, minerals and vitamins has immense preventive and curative benefits.
Cocoa is one food that has these vital food ingredients.
Good Energy Source
Cocoa is a good source of energy and can thus serve as a good beverage, especially in the morning, to meet the high demands of daily activity.
Cocoa and Obesity
Carbohydrate in cocoa is mainly complex polysaccharides and thatís the form in which the human body stores carbohydrate. This means high intake of cocoa cannot contribute to obesity, as other forms of carbohydrate will.
Dietary Fiber In Cocoa
Cocoa and its final products such as cocoa drink or chocolate contain a large amount of dietary fibers. The fiber is mainly lignin, which is scarcely absorbed.
With such a high level of dietary fibre, cocoa can serve as a good diabetic controller and also help to prevent cancer in the digestive tract especially in the stomach (peptic) and colon region.
Fat In Cocoa
The fat in cocoa is in a form which is difficult for the body to absorb and so cocoa contributes insignificantly to cholesterol formation in the body.
Cocoa As An Antioxidant
Cocoa powder is known to have large quantities of flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants.
Fairly regular intake of cocoa increases the antioxidant levels in the blood, a desirable attribute in the prevention of cancer, heart attack, stroke and ageing.
Anti-Stress Effect of Cocoa
The flavonoids in cocoa have been found to suppress the change in emotional behaviour under physical stress and promote the accommodation to the stress, be it physical and mental. Cocoa has an anti-stress effect on the body.
Wound Healing Properties Of Cocoa
It is speculated that cocoa has an action to accelerate healing mechanism of wounds because it contains plenty of minerals such as zinc and other compounds with strong antibacterial action.