We’ve had cacao nibs in our cabinet for awhile and I’ve eaten them sprinkled on top of my oatmeal in the morning. I know they have health benefits, but I never took the time to find out what they were. After doing a little bit of research, I was quite amazed at how awesome they really are. You may be surprised as well at how much nutrition is packed into 1-ounce of cacao nibs.
If you are not familiar with cacao nibs, they are cacao beans which are roasted, removed from their husks, and broken into smaller pieces. Essentially, you are eating raw chocolate! However, unlike the processed chocolate that we are used to, cacao nibs are bitter in taste.
You can use them to top your oatmeal, desserts, or blend them into your smoothies. You can bake with them as well as eat them right from the bag. They make a great snack mixed in with some trail mix. Whatever way you can get in 1 – 2 ounces of this superfood will work.
Cacao Nibs Health Benefits
I was blown away at some of the health benefits of cacao nibs. So much so that I am now making it a point to consume at least one ounce a day. Let’s take a look at some of these awesome benefits below.
One ounce of cacao nibs has 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries. Antioxidants fight off free radicals that can damage our cells. This damage can lead to premature aging as well as diseases such as cancer. Blueberries are well known for their high levels of antioxidants so having 40 times more in cacao nibs is really amazing!
A diet low in potassium can lead to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Don’t fear because a one-ounce serving of cacao nibs contains 183 mg of potassium. What an easy way to increase your potassium intake.
If you are not getting enough fiber in your diet, you can start with eating cacao nibs. One serving has 9 grams of fiber. That is 36% of the daily recommendation.
Would you believe that cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk? That is great for those who do not like drinking cow’s milk but are concerned about their calcium intake.
These are some of the health benefits of cacao. There are many more and another huge plus are the cardiovascular health benefits which are due to compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols serve as antioxidants. They provide cardiovascular health benefits by inhibiting blood platelets from clotting. They may even reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol and increase HDL or “good” cholesterol.
Are you ready to jump on the cacao nibs bandwagon? Are you already on board? How do you use them?