Cacao products can improve the health and appearance of your skin.
Check out these Dietitian-approved cacao options!
Learn more about the benefits of cacao products in this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post – “Cacao Benefits for Skin: The Role of Chocolate in Anti-Aging“.
Cacao powder is a cacao product that can be used in many ways. Best of all, it’s a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients!
You can incorporate cacao powder into your diet by adding it to smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt.
A cacao drink is simple and a healthy alternative to hot chocolate. Check out this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post “How to Make a Delicious Cacao Drink“!
Dark Chocolate Cacao Products
Dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids, natural antioxidants that help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and other skin problems.
Consume dark chocolate in moderation. It is high in calories and may contribute to weight gain if you eat too much.
Raw Cacao Nibs
Raw cacao nibs are small pieces of crushed cacao beans, the raw ingredient used to make chocolate.
Like dark chocolate, cacao nibs are also rich in flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants.
Cacao nibs can be quite bitter, so they may not be to everyone’s taste.
Add them to smoothies, baked goods, or use them as a topping for yogurt or oatmeal!
Cacao butter is the pure, edible fat that is extracted from cacao beans.
It is often used as an ingredient in recipes like chocolate bars, truffles, and baked goods. Cacao butter adds a rich, chocolate flavor, along with a creamy texture.
You can also use cacao butter as a substitute for regular butter or oil in recipes.
Takeaways on Cacao Products
Cacao products are nutrient-dense and offer potential benefits for skin health.
Incorporating cacao products into your diet can be a delicious way to promote healthy, glowing skin!
Be sure to consume cacao products in moderation as they are high in calories and fat.
Additionally, those with chocolate allergies or sensitivity should avoid cacao products.
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Kathryn is a Registered Dietitian and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is also Certified through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Weight Management.