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Cocoa: Health benefits + recipe

Cocoa is the seed of the cocoa fruit and is the main ingredient in chocolate. This seed is rich in flavonoids such as epicatechins and catechins mainly, in addition to being rich in antioxidants, therefore its consumption could provide various health benefits such as: improving mood, blood flow and regulating blood sugar.

Cocoa: Health benefits + recipe

Cocoa is not only attributed to antioxidant action, it is also anti-inflammatory and protective of the cardiovascular system. To obtain these and other benefits, the ideal is to consume 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder per day or 40 g of dark chocolate, which is equivalent to approximately 3 squares of the bar.

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Regular consumption of cocoa may provide a number of health benefits, including:

Improve mood, fighting depression and anxiety because it is rich in potentially psychoactive substances such as caffeine, theobromine, tyramine (a precursor of tryptophan, which in turn is a precursor of serotonin) and phenylethylamine.

Prevent thrombosis, because it helps improve blood flow by preventing the formation of blood clots, due to its flavonoid content; fight high cholesterol because it is rich in antioxidants, it also prevents atherosclerosis because it prevents the formation of atheroma plaques.

Prevent anemia because it is rich in iron, reduces the risk of diabetes, because some studies indicate that it could slow the digestion of carbohydrates and absorption at the intestinal level, protect the cells that are responsible for producing insulin in the pancreas and improve insulin secretion. In addition to this, it could also decrease insulin resistance.

Prevent problems such as dementia and Alzheimer's because it improves blood circulation to the brain. In addition to this, it is rich in selenium, a mineral that helps improve cognition and memory; reduces blood pressure because it improves blood vessels by influencing the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes the muscles of the same.

Cocoa brownie with flaxseed

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of raw sugar;

1 cup of flaxseed flour;

4 eggs;

6 tablespoons unsalted margarine;

1 1/4 cup of cocoa powder (150 g);

3 tablespoons of whole wheat flour;

3 tablespoons of white wheat flour.

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PREPARATION

Melt the butter in a water bath, add the cocoa and stir until you get a homogeneous mixture. In another container, beat the whites until stiff, add the yolks and brown sugar, continue beating until the mixture becomes lighter. Incorporate cocoa, wheat and linseed in an enveloping way.

Preheat the oven to 230 ºC. Place the mixture on the tray with parchment paper, bake for 20 minutes. The surface of the brownie should be dry on the outside and moist on the inside.

Arymel García

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