What is Cocoa?
The cacao tree, whose Latin name is Theobroma cacao, which means “food of the Gods”. It is native to the Amazon region and as the meaning suggests, cocoa was historically considered a very important crop in Central and South America. In fact, its beans were so prized that the native tribes used them as a form of currency.
Where does Cocoa grow?
Cocoa today is produced across the world, with about forty percent of the harvesting done in Cote d’Ivoire, along with Indonesia, Ghana, Brazil, Nigeria and Cameroon contributing to the overall production. Along with its well-established role in the manufacturing of chocolate
Cocoa Health Benefits
· Cocoa contains the mood improver, anandamide – which creates the feeling of happiness.
· Protects the heart and prevents cardiovascular disease
· Creates energy and combats fatigue
· Improves insulin resistance and glucose metabolism
Cocoa Nutrition Facts
· Contains more than 700 protective compounds, including numerous minerals
· It has more antioxidants than green tea