Mmmmmm, Chocolate! The delicious Chocolate that many love to eat and give as gifts for any occasion, it is made from the cocoa bean. What else come from the cocoa bean? Well, Cocoa Butter! Thus the name. I am sure you have heard of some of the most famous uses for cocoa butter like in lotions and for stretch marks. But cocoa butter has many more benefits as well. Today we will go over all the 411 on Cocoa Butter.
Cocoa butter is obtained from whole cocoa beans, which are fermented, roasted, and then separated from their hulls. About 54–58% of the residue is cocoa butter. It has a pale yellowish color and strongly smells like chocolate! Cocoa beans are native to Central and South America.
Cocoa butter is a healthy fat, mostly saturated just like coconut oil. The amount of saturated fat it contains is between 57 percent to 64 percent of the total fat content, depending on the exact kind. Among the different types of fatty acids are:
- Stearic Acid (about 24 percent to 37 percent of total fat content)
- Palmitic Acid (24 percent to 30 percent)
- myristic acid (0 percent to 4 percent)
- arachidic acid (around 1 percent)
- lauric acid (only about 0 percent to 1 percent)
Helps Improve Heart Health
Researchers have found that plant-derived saturated fats are beneficial for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The polyphenolic components found in cocoa butter have been shown to help lower inflammatory markers involved in atherosclerosis, which is why cocoa is now considered an anti-inflammatory food.
Soothes Burns, Rashes and Infections
Cocoa butter helps sooth and replenish your burnt skin. Mix with a little aloe vera gel or tea tree oil and create a super after burn gel for your skin!
Fights Signs of Aging
Cocoa Butter contains compounds called cocoa mass polyphenols. Studies have found that it can help diminish signs of aging and soothe sensitive skin suffering from dermatitis or rashes. It promotes health both internally when eaten and when used on the skin. Polyphenols have many positive indicators for skin health, including improved skin elasticity and skin tone, better collagen retention/ production and better hydration.
Skin Dryness and Peeling
Cocoa Butter makes an excellent skin moisturizer because of the saturated fats that are especially beneficial for healing dry, cracked skin and it is easily absorbed into the skin and will remain for hours.
Since Cocoa Butter is an emollient, it adds a protective layer of hydration to your lips. This is great for blocking the effects of very cold temperatures, sum damage or even indoor heat which can all leave your lips dry.
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