U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Palo Alto, CA
A 30-year-old male asked:

There are a lot of purported health benefits associated with eating cacao or cacao nibs. i found these whole cacao beans at the grocery store. why should i eat these as opposed to tastier chocolate?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morton Levitt
A Verified Doctoranswered
Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical 50 years experience
Cacao Nibs: These beans are the basis for dark chocolate. They contain flavonoids which are very healthy. More and more foods are featuring cacao, and they are not, as far as we know, harmful. If you prefer the taste, continue to sample them!
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
to avoid sugar: Cacao has many proven health benefits but is bitter. Chocolate is basically cacao with added sugar. Sugar is toxic with many proven detriments. Thus, with cacao nibs you get all of the benefits without the downside of sugar. However, a good compromise is dark chocolate- at least 70% cocoa solids, but one with 85-90% cocoa solids is even better. See http://bit.Ly/1fnptkt ; http://bit.Ly/1gxkzhb.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jul 30, 2019


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.