What is Cacao Butter?
Cacao butter is a delicious and healthy fat that is extracted from a cacao bean. Often referred to as Theobroma oil, it is native to Central and South America, and is used in many moisturizers and beauty products all around the world. The pleasant chocolate scent and smooth texture makes it a very popular ingredient in cosmetic products. Cacao butter can help with things such as treating skin dryness, skin rashes and burns, chapped lips, and even help in preventing stretch marks. But outside of cosmetic benefits, Cacao Butter is very beneficial to our health as well.It is completely edible and is known to help reduce inflammation, improve heart health, and boost immune function. It is a saturated fat composed of stearic acid, lauric acid, and palmitic acid, similar to that of coconut oil. Cacao butter is also very high in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals that are linked to cause different forms of cancer and other diseases.
Cacao butter makes a great ingredient to add to your daily coffee and give it an amazing chocolate scent and flavor that we all love, without the added sugars of course. It makes a great hot cocoa when blended with some honey and vanilla extract with coconut milk or whole milk. If you are looking for something to substitute the overly processed and sugary cocoa powders or syrups, cacao butter is the solution for you!