The Wondrous World Of Cacao Butter
Cacao butter is a natural fat that comes from cacao beans, and it’s used to create some of the most delicious and luxurious chocolate bars in the world. You may not know this, but cacao butter is actually one of the healthiest fats on earth!
Let’s explore what cacao butter is all about.
Let’s Chat About Cacao Butter!
Cacao has gotten a lot of attention recently for its health benefits, cacao butter hasn’t received quite as much love… until now!
To put it simply, cacao butter is the edible fat that’s taken from cocoa beans. It makes up around 55% of each cacao bean’s weight!
It’s used as an ingredient in chocolate and other foods due to its naturally occurring qualities such as antioxidants, fibre, iron, magnesium and flavonoids. It can also be made into beauty products like lotions or soaps for added benefits that can improve your skin. Cacao butter has many health benefits because cacao beans are known to have high antioxidant levels, which helps with anti-aging and pain relief.
Cacao butter is a monounsaturated fat, which means it has one double bond in its chemical structure. This makes cacao oil extremely stable and slow to perish, and cacao beans can be stored for years without going bad.
Cacao Butter Benefits:
Cacao butter helps to boost metabolism and increase energy levels. It can even give you a little extra pep in your step during physical activity.
It’s also great for bone health, as it helps to improve calcium absorption. This prevents osteoporosis and improves the quality of your bones! It can even help strengthen tooth enamel.
Cacao butter is one of the richest sources of magnesium on earth; Magnesium helps to relax muscles and regulate blood pressure. It’s also high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body. It gives you a natural glow from within when consumed internally or applied externally as a beauty product
Cacao oil is packed with polyphenols that give it anti-inflammatory properties. The cacao bean is also packed with beneficial minerals, including iron and zinc – which are great for immune system health! It can help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful, too.
Cacao butter contains high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols, including cacao flavonoids that are very good for your health. It’s also said to be an aphrodisiac, containing compounds called N-acylethanolamines which stimulate the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine in your brain’s pleasure centre when you eat it!
A cacao-rich diet has been linked to lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels as well as weight loss. It also contains oleic acid (an omega-fatty acid) as well as stearic acid… both of which are good for cardiovascular health.
Cacao Butter & Chocolate
Cacao butter is separated from cacao beans during the process of making chocolate. It has a unique taste and smell that makes it perfect for food production, but also for other products like cosmetics or soap.
(Cacao butter’s high concentration of antioxidants can help to protect your skin against environmental stressors while providing moisture at the same time!)
Cacao butter is an important ingredient in chocolate and cacao products, particularly dark chocolate bars. It contributes to the creamy smooth texture of chocolate and gives it a nice snap when you break it into pieces or melt it in your hot drink. It also helps to carry flavours and enhances our taste experience by increasing the absorption of flavour compounds in cacao.
It’s really handy in the sense it can easily absorb flavours, however, you have to be super careful as to what’s in your surroundings when using cacao butter. Otherwise, it could absorb the smell of your sandwich!
It’s an amazing ingredient to put to use in chocolate making and all of us at Mr Popple’s Chocolate hope that we can help it to get the recognition it quite rightly deserves.