The benefits of cacao powder - The secret ingredient in our Dirty Dandi Chai
There are many reasons to enjoy a hot cup of chai, it’s good for the soul and for the body too!
Our Chai blend is a little bit extra special because we snuck in a little raw cacao powder for that luxurious chocolatey finish without compromising on the health benefits.
We all know that a little dark chocolate is good for many things including heart health and lifting our mood, but when we overindulge on that choccy bar we are also getting more than we bargained for with the added sugars, saturated fat, and the crazy processing that the cacao bean goes under which basically wipes out most of the nutrients.
The health benefits of cacao powder have been known for decades, but only now are we finally seeing the proof. Cacao beans contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and beneficial amino acids, which are beneficial for heart health and moods.
Whilst it is true that dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate when it comes to nutrient content and health benefits, this is only part of the story. Chocolate contains a high amount of saturated fats and is also high in calories.
Additionally, the large-scale production of cacao bean powder required for the chocolate industry means a compromise in farming practices and ultimately results in a lack of these nutrients in any meaningful quantity.
Cacao powder is often labelled a “super-food” and with good reason as its high in magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, beta-carotene, as well as being a natural mood enhancer without the adverse side effects due to its tryptophan content, the precursor to serotonin.
Other benefits of cacao powder include:
May aid weight loss due to its chromium content
Helps regulate blood sugar levels
Has a high content of arginine which is known to have aphrodisiac properties.
Helps enhance circulation
Try in our Dirty Dandi Chai tea blend and powder today!