when I looked at the fatty acid profile of cocoa butter I was quite surprised.
- PUFA 3%
- MUFA 32%
- SFA 65%
Low in PUFA and lots of saturated fatty acids - actually quite similar to coconut oil (which however comprises more MCTs) But all in all it sounds like a very healthy sort of fat.
Though it doesn't seem to be widely consumed among paleos. So what are the major contra arguments against cocoa butter consumption?
Cocoa butter does not have theobromine in it and some sources say it has no salicylates either. Cocoa is rich in amines but I don't know whether the cocoa butter has them too.
So is it safe to make cocoa butter a "staple"?
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Easy to over consume, so for me its very similar to nuts, in that it is something I try not to do every day, although I do like the nutritional profile a lot more than most nuts.
Once or twice a week as a treat with some berries, squash, etc.
Other than the price, no objections to it.
I've seen some concerns over aflatoxins/molds in cocoa beans getting through to the cocoa butter. But I don't know how much credence I give to sensitivity to that stuff.