Nutrition cause

Cacao

Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars. Cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants of all foods and the highest source of magnesium of all foods. It has been used throughout many cultures for years for health purposes and even used as a high trade commodity.

Protective Factor
7 effects
Measured in g

Interesting Facts

Longevity Food
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Jeanne Calment, a French supercentenarian who has the longest confirmed human lifespan on record, living to the age of 122 years, feasted over a kilogramme (2.2 lb) of chocolate per week

PreColombian Medicine
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Throughout Central and South America, cacao medicinal properties were noted to alleviate fever, anemia, poor appetite, metal fatigue and poor breast milk production, as well as tuberculosis, gout, kidney stones and low virility. This delicious bean was famous for healing the nervous system and improving digestion and elimination.

Cacao Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Blood Flow Cardiovascular outcome
Blood Flow
Cardiovascular

Notable Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Blood Pressure - Hypertension Cardiovascular outcome
Blood Pressure ...
Cardiovascular

Notable Decrease

Evidence: High

4 studies

LDL Lymphatic outcome
LDL
Lymphatic

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Exercise Performance Musculoskeletal outcome
Exercise Perfor...
Musculoskeletal

Minor Increase

Needs research

1 study

Memory Brain outcome
Memory
Brain

Notable Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Aerobic Exercise Capacity Musculoskeletal outcome
Aerobic Exercis...
Musculoskeletal

Minor Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Anaerobic Exercise Capacity Musculoskeletal outcome
Anaerobic Exerc...
Musculoskeletal

Notable Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Cognitive deficit Brain outcome

Notable Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Oxidative stress Lymphatic outcome

Notable Decrease

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Hyperinsulinemia Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular outcome
Cardiovascular ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Heart Attack (Myocardial infarction - ACS) Cardiovascular outcome
Heart Attack (M...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Mortality
Musculoskeletal

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Stroke Brain outcome
Stroke
Brain

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Insulin Resistance Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

Coronary Heart Disease (Ischaemic Heart Disease) Cardiovascular outcome
Coronary Heart ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

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