Cacao, or the cocoa bean is the dried and fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao. The beans are used in the production of chocolate, skincare etc and is even used to make several types of savoury foods.
Cacao is a substance long touted by the Aztecs first, then the entire world as a food of the gods. The good stuff is initially native to the Americas, processed and consumed for over 3,000 years in the form of spiced drinks by the nobility of the Aztecs and Yucatan empire. Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors during the 17th century, cacao beans were also used as a form of currency, making it worth its weight in gold.
Cacao is relevant today and is produced by the millions in kilograms to match the massive demand of a growing population, being required to produce the raw materials like powder and butter that are used in making chocolate, soap and skincare.
Speaking of beauty, cacao contains a large number of vitamins and minerals and doubles as a rich source of skin food. In its raw form, pure cacao lives up to its name as ‘food of the gods’.
Read on to find out more about cacao!
Cacao contains a large number of antioxidants, and is able to protect the body against a number of diseases while slowing the premature skin aging. It also moisturizes the skin with a rich layer of healthy fatty acids, and helps lock in nutrients for a youthful glow.
Cacao doubly functions as a natural sunscreen, with absorptive features that protect the skin from sun and UV damage, and is also used to accelerate healing against inflammation, sores and wounds.
In terms of hair health, cacao greatly improves blood circulation in the scalp, increasing growth of rich and healthy hair. It also protects the scalp against weathering damage and dryness, leading to fuller, more luscious hair.
Next time when you have that hot chocolate, rest easy that your indulgences are healthy and helpful in leading a long life.
As usual, everything in moderation! Always have just enough of a good thing(so you can have more in the long run.)
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