What's In Chocolate?

Naturally Occurring Compounds in Cacao (The Theobroma cacao bean)

Sugar

The cacao bean contains carbohydrates, but most of it is starch, soluble dietary fibers, and insoluble dietary fibers. A very small proportion is simple sugars. Sugar is added during the manufacture of chocolate.

Antioxidants

Cocoa beans contain (similar to those found in wine) with antioxidant properties. These compounds are called flavonoids and include catechins, epicatechins, and procyandins. The antioxidant flavinoids are found in the nonfat portions of the cocoa bean. The flavinoids reduce the blood's ability to clot and thus reduce risk of stroke and heart attacks.É

Theobromine

Theobromine is a very mild stimulant with a mild diuretic action (increases the production of urine). Theobromine can be toxic to animals like dogs, cats, parrots and horses (hence, donŐt let your loveable pet, share your tasty chocolate treats).

Caffeine

Cocoa beans contains a small amopolyphenolsunt of caffeine, much less than found in coffee, tea and cola drinks

Phenylethylamine

Phenylethylamine is a slight antidepressant and stimulant similar to the body's own dopamine and adrenaline.

Serotonine

Cocoa and chocolate can increase the level of serotonine in the brain. Serotonine levels are often decreased in people with depression and in those experiencing PMS symptoms.

Essential minerals

Cocoa beans are rich in a number of essential minerals, including magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.

Vitamins

A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid.

cacao beans in hands