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What are the health benefits of cacao?
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Dr. Rick Kirschner
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Glad you asked!
To get the benefits you need pure dark chocolate.
Cacao contains phenylethylamine (amphetimine-like effect) theobromine(jitter-free stimulant that is toxic to domestic animals) epicatechin (antioxidant - strengthen cell membranes) and polyphenols-anti-inflammatory enzymes) so a positive effect on blood pressure, digestion and glucose metabolism. But high in calories, most candy bars won't do this.

In brief: Glad you asked!
To get the benefits you need pure dark chocolate.
Cacao contains phenylethylamine (amphetimine-like effect) theobromine(jitter-free stimulant that is toxic to domestic animals) epicatechin (antioxidant - strengthen cell membranes) and polyphenols-anti-inflammatory enzymes) so a positive effect on blood pressure, digestion and glucose metabolism. But high in calories, most candy bars won't do this.
Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschner
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: A/W Dr. Kirschner
see: http://www.
livestrong.com/article/522112-health-benefits-of-raw-cacao-nibs/

In brief: A/W Dr. Kirschner
see: http://www.
livestrong.com/article/522112-health-benefits-of-raw-cacao-nibs/
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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