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Cacao Nibs Health Benefits - Organic Raw Cacao Nibs are Good For your Health!

Updated on February 24, 2013
A large bowl full of cacao Nibs.
A large bowl full of cacao Nibs. | Source

Before trying a few premade snacks from a company called "GoBites," I had never before thought about eating cacao nibs -- which is strange because I adore very deep, dark chocolate. However, once I tried them, I was instantly hooked. These things are just as tasty as an 85% chocolate bar, except much, much healthier. This means I can eat a handful of chocolate everyday and I don't have to feel guilty about it.

If you're new to cacao nibs, you might want to know a few basic benefits: they're a powerful stimulant, even more so than coffee, and contain vast amounts of antioxidants.

Another bowl full of cacao nibs.
Another bowl full of cacao nibs. | Source

What are more benefits of cacao nibs?

Of course, it is best to get raw organic cacao nibs. If you want maximum benefits, this is the way to go. However, even eating roasted cacao nibs is good for you.

Benefits include the minerals in the food. They are rich in both magnesium and selenium. These are two nutrients that are somewhat hard to get, compared to many others, so if you are looking to enrich your diet with these minerals, this is a good place to start. Of course, they are also high in flavonoids, including epicatechin. Epicatechin is good because it helps to reduce inflammation.

One of the best benefits is that cacao nibs contain tryptophan, which is used to make serotonin. This makes you, well, happy! This is probably the most noticeable effect you'll see from consuming a handful of these.

How do I eat them?

Eat them like chocolate! Really, that's all you need to do. Get a handful out of a bag and chomp away. If this isn't appealing, you can use them in a variety of recipes. Do a quick online search to find various recipes that call for cacao nibs. There are many out there, including cookies, cakes and brownies. You can even just substitute cacao nibs for the chocolate chips in your favorite cookie recipe.

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