Why Cacao Nibs Are A Breakfast Staple
Cacao nibs are cacao beans that have been roasted and in then separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces.
"Only 1 oz of cacao nibs contains 130 calories, 13 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of protein and ZERO grams of sugar. They are a one of the best dietary sources of magnesium as well as a good source of calcium, iron, copper, zinc and potassium."
"Cocoa nibs contain 272 milligrams of magnesium per 100 grams. Magnesium is an important mineral that many people are known to be deficient in. Magnesium plays a major role in nerve and muscle function, bone strength and circulation. It cannot be produced by the body, and therefore, must be obtained through food sources or supplements. Cocoa nibs are a delicious way to meet the dietary requirements for this important nutrient."
"Studies show that cocoa nibs have higher antioxidant levels than blueberries, red wine and green tea. The antioxidants in cocoa nibs are also more stable than in other foods and are easy for the body to assimilate."
"Energy Boost: Cocoa nibs contain a substance called theobromine, a central nervous system stimulant that has a similar, though less powerful, stimulating effect as caffeine. It may give you a healthy energy boost if you’re feeling low during the day."
"Mood Elevators: Cocoa contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid required for the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Enhanced serotonin levels can quell anxiety and enhance mood. Eating cocoa also helps to release endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Endorphins are what give runners that natural high. Eating cocoa can have a similar effect and may explain why some people become self proclaimed chocoholics."
"PMS Symptoms: Magnesium deficiency is known to aggravate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Forty percent of women admit to chocolate cravings. This may be the body’s attempt to obtain sufficient magnesium levels. Since cocoa nibs are a natural snack without added sugar, they may be a healthier way to satisfy monthly chocolate cravings."
"Appetite Control: Coco contains chromium an important mineral for stabilizing blood sugar and reducing appetite."
"Improve Circulation: Cocoa is a great source of flavanols, powerful antioxidants that play an important role in circulation. Flavanols help to prevent clogged arteries by helping to stop fatty acids from oxidizing in the bloodstream. Flavanols also help make blood platelets less sticky, which reduces the risk of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.”
Improve Cholesterol Levels. Cocoa contains healthy monounsaturated fats. The same fats found in olive oil. These healthy fats have been shown to raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels.
(Stats quoted by http://www.fitday.com)
I have been adding 2 TSP to my 3/4 Cup Greek Yogurt (low in fat, sugar and including 15 - 20 g of protein) with a TBSP of Hemp Seeds added - the crunch of the cacao nibs is the perfect combination w the creamy texture of the yogurt and the Hemp Seeds also give me a daily dose of Essential Fatty Acids. This recipe helps we start the day with a protein-packed breakfast, high in anti-oxidants, fibre and EFA’s.
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