We all know that cocoa beans are the raw material of chocolate, which can be processed into cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, etc. What are the main value of cocoa bean?
Medicinal Value of Cocoa Bean:
Cardiovascular protection of flavanols and procyanidins isolated from cocoa. At the same time, it also has a positive effect on regulating blood pressure, increasing the production of nitric oxide, oxidative defense, and the immune system. They prolong the action of other antioxidants such as vitamin E and vitamin C in the body. At the same time, they also promote vasodilation, reduce inflammation and reduce blood clot formation, thereby preventing cardiovascular disease.
Epicatechin in cocoa can effectively inhibit atherosclerosis, and proanEpicatechin in cocoa can effectively inhibit atherosclerosis. Proanthocyanidins and catechins have strong antioxidant effects, which can reduce LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.
In fact, consuming cocoa beans can increase the entire cardiovascular system and circulatory blood flow. It also has a positive effect on brain functions such as learning and memory by improving blood circulation.
Economic Value of Cocoa Bean:
Chocolate is in great demand in the world, especially in Asia, Europe and America. But cocoa as a raw material for chocolate is only grown in areas with hot and rainy weather, and is currently mainly distributed in West Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Cocoa is an important cash crop for many African countries and the main source of national income, so the economic value of cocoa is very high.
Nutritional Value of Cocoa Powder:
Cocoa powder is a powder obtained by fermenting, roasting, peeling, and defatting cocoa beans. Cocoa powder has a strong and pure aroma and is an important raw material for chocolate, beverages, candies, cakes and other foods.
Cocoa powder is rich in nutrients and contains protein, amino acids, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and other nutrients. Cocoa powder also contains a variety of active ingredients such as alkaloids and flavonoids. Studies have pointed out that the active ingredients in cocoa powder help to dilate blood vessels, lower blood lipids, lower blood pressure, and relax bowels.