What are Cacao Nibs?
Cacao nibs are crushed bits of raw cacao beans, which are the same beans used to make chocolate. They have the bitter, complex flavor of unsweetened dark chocolate, with a firm but chewy texture similar to roasted coffee beans.
Why should I eat these tiny things?
Antioxidant-rich nibs offer such a superior nutritional profile, and are often referred to as the “Food of the Gods.” They even contain more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, green tea and blueberries! According to Web M.D., these antioxidants can help reduce cell damage in your body, helping prevent many diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and cancer. Here are some of the other health benefits they can provide.
Digestive Health, Weight Loss and Diabetes Prevention
Cacao nibs are high in fiber, aiding digestion and providing a full feeling that can last for hours. Additionally, in studies, the polyphenols in nibs have been proven to reduce blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients. They aid in diabetes prevention by alleviating chronic inflammation, now believed to be a large contributor to developing diabetes.
Heart Health Containing more flavonoids per weight than any other food, nibs improve heart health by reducing stress on blood cells and lowering blood pressure. Flavonoids have also been shown to improve blood vessel function, blood flow, and HDL (good) cholesterol while decreasing LDL (bad) cholesterol, helping protect against heart disease.
Brain Health, Mental Decline and Mood
Maximizing heart health also increases blood flow to the brain, resulting in increased mental focus and longer attention spans. Plus the healthy fats in nibs contribute to increased levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain, helping elevate your mood.
Taking Your Immune System to a New Level
Other compounds found in cacao nibs have proven anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that consuming polyphenols, such as those found in cacao nibs, results in a decrease in levels of inflammatory markers. High inflammatory markers, and chronic inflammation in general, lead to many poor health conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and depression. Decreased inflammation positively impacts your body’s overall immune response.
Nibs may improve the function of the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT). This GALT layer is located throughout your intestines, and it contains nearly 70% of all immune cells in your body. You can see why it’s so important to your overall immunity! The protective effects of cacao nibs on these tissues can alleviate food allergies, other serious allergic reactions, and some immunocompromising conditions.
How Can YOU BOOSTIE Your Cacao Nib Nutrients?
Just one delicious packet of any BOOSTIE Perfect flavor - Naked, Raspberry or Pink Lemonade - provides a full daily serving of this powerful superfood. With BOOSTIE your nutrition is already measured out in the perfect quantities for your daily needs. You can add it to your smoothie, yogurt or cereal. Or you can even eat it plain as is! BOOSTIE is the delicious way to know that you’re getting important protective antioxidants to help your body function at its peak!