Bitter cocoa, a vice that is good for health, even if we give in to its alluring sweetness every day. Once in a while, yes, we are allowed to let ourselves be tempted by something tasty, obtained from the seeds hidden in the fruits of the cocoa tree, an evergreen even 10 meters high and that produces white flowers with pink shades wonderful. To import the cocoa plant, called Theobroma cacao, was the good one Christopher Columbus after he discovered that the natives even used it as a real currency.
Bitter cocoa: benefits
Before discovering the numerous benefits of the Bitter cocoa we specify that they only concern the bitter one, because it is the only one that contains a flavonoid that maintains its antioxidant properties unaltered. Thanks to the mineral salts, vitamins and carbohydrates it contains, ours cocoa is very energetic, therefore excellent for athletes, it is also antioxidant and fights the effects of free radicals slowing down the aging of cells.
Contrary to what you might think, when it's bitter, cocoa fights cholesterol, instead, its antidepressant power is now known, linked to theobromine which increases concentration and serotonin which opposes depression.
We are not dreaming, the Bitter cocoa it is a precious food that it is a pity to discard, since it strengthens our immune system and is also recommended for those who must keep blood pressure under control. Recent British research claims that consuming 20 grams of bitter chocolate per day it ensures a long life, it costs nothing to try, on the contrary, it will put us in a good mood.
Bitter cocoa: nutritional values
The Bitter cocoa it is rich in mineral salts among which magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and sodium prevail. Among the vitamins the most present are vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin K and J.
Certainly there is no shortage of amino acids and in particular aspartic acid and glutamic acid, cystine, leucine, serine and threonine, other chemicals that deserve to be mentioned for the benefits they bring to our body are caffeine, serotonin, tyramine and phenylethylamine.
A dose of Bitter cocoa it is composed of 3% water, 0.7% sugars, and then contains 5.8% of ash, 13.8% of fats, 19.6% of proteins and 33% of dietary fibers.
Bitter cocoa: calories
Even in terms of calories, bitter cocoa does not disappoint us: if we eat 40 grams we do not exceed 226 calories and at the same time we can benefit from all the advantages of this food.
Bitter cocoa: diet
It is not recommended for those on a diet but to children under three yes, as they may have allergic reactions. Even those suffering from hypertension and nervousness the Bitter cocoa could do a effect similar to that of caffeine, who has problems with constipation and hemorrhoids it is better not to overdo the doses of chocolate because the tannins it contains have astringent properties.
Among all the types of cocoa and chocolate, the bitter one remains the best for those on a diet, since the milk one has an addition of milk and sugar and the white one is composed exclusively of cocoa butter, milk and sugar.
Bitter cocoa and diabetes
For those suffering from diabetes this food it is not banned but it must be consumed with measure and checking that it is of the highest quality in order to be treated with substances that are not very suitable for the pathology. If we are the types who do not resist temptation easily, we can try to distract ourselves with bitter cocoa. I mean with the book so titled.
We will get lost in the reality of Nicaragua and in the story of a poor and rather lucky young woman, that's why "bitter", but who finds her way, here is the goodness of cocoa.
Bitter cocoa: recipes
This cocoa is among the ingredients of many recipes and we can use it peacefully without fear of pimples: it is only a legend while its pain-relieving properties are true and proven. A tasty recipe, excellent for birthdays and parties, is that of Pan di Stelle cake.
You need 2 packs of biscuits, 700 ml of fresh whipping cream, 1 jar of chocolate cream and 500 ml milk. A little coffee and unsweetened cocoa powder. Once the cream is whipped, prepare the warm milk in a bowl with the addition of coffee and bitter cocoa.
In a dish prepare a base of cream and cover it with the biscuits dipped in milk and coffee then again it takes a layer of cream and chocolate spread, melted in the microwave. Layer by layer you get to build a nice cake and put it in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Once you have waited for time, with your mouth watering, we can decorate and serve it.
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