Nature’s goodness, or a demonised ‘diet ruiner’? We spoke to our Kurami Nutritionist to discuss the nutritional content of Cacao. So, before you ditch the bar from your relaxing evening in front of the tv, or the melty chocolate goodness in your morning porridge, take a read to find out exactly how it benefits your body.
Digestive Health – Cacao is considered as a prebiotic, which is what live bacteria in the gut feed on and multiply, fostering a healthy microbiome. Randomised controlled trials (high quality research) shows that cacao significantly increases Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli types of gut microbes, both which are important for a healthy gut environment, and the prevention and treatment of a wide range of allergic, infectious and inflammatory conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Important phytonutrients – Cacao contains catechins and epicatechins. Catechins are known to reduce inflammatory reactions and reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel disease (IBD), while epicatechins have been shown to reduce blood glucose levels and prevent cognitive degeneration.
Energy Boost – Cacao is a source of iron, which is essential for energy production and gene regulation, among its other functions. It is important to keep in mind that iron is best absorbed when combined with vitamin C. An example of this could be dark chocolate (cacao) and strawberries (vitamin c).
Mood Regulation – Cacao is known to increase the levels of dopamine, serotonin and endorphins, which are happiness and feel-good neurotransmitters.
Heart Health - Cacao may be preventative against heart disease, as it contains antioxidants, such as flavonoids, that have been shown to lessen the stiffening of arteries and reduce blood pressure.
To try your own Kurami chocolate mousse, take a look at our Signature meal path menu.