A-Lot-A-Choc Facts!

  1. Cacao is full of flavonoids, these act as natural antioxidants protecting the body from ageing and reduces risk of heart disease - seriously!
  2. The cacao bean is a super-food! rich in magnesium and a good source of sulphur, associated with strong nails, shiny hair and a healthy liver and pancreas
  3. Cacao helps regulate blood pressure and reduce cholesterol while building the immune system
  4. Drinking a cup of hot cacao before meals can diminish your appetite. This is due to cacao’s monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors) and why it is often added to weight-loss supplements - so it can help you diet!
  5. Steady now! Cacao is an aphrodisiac, containing anandamide, a substance that induces euphoria!
  6. Diabetes doesn’t have to mean ‘no chocolate’ - a flavanol-rich diet can help reverse blood vessel damage in people with diabetes
  7. Dark chocolate contains calcium that contributes to bone health
  8. Eating dark chocolate can reduce stress levels
  9. Good news for you Mums-to-be too - eating chocolate can reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women to a great extent because it has a chemical component named theobromine relaxes the smooth muscles of the body and facilitates dilation of blood vessels. In this way, chocolate keeps blood pressure steady in pregnant women
  10. Preganant women read on - cacao is rich in iron and magnesium. Iron has a major role in proper growth of the fetus while magnesium contributes towards the brain development of the unborn baby

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