It’s the better-for-you butter!
It’s common knowledge that cooking with too much fat is neither good for our health nor our waistlines. Butter is delicious, but high in saturated lipids and cholesterol. While there are many other healthier options, such as olive, canola, peanut, and vegetable oils, there’s a new “fat” to fuse your culinary efforts with… and boasts many added health benefits, to boot! It’s pure cocoa butter, stemming from cocoa beans right from the heart of the tropical cocoa pod. One new form, known as Mycryo, is a trailblazer, even for top French chefs like J.P. Challet, of Toronto’s Ici Bistro at the Windsor Arms hotel. Here are five reasons to cook with this powdered form of fat.
1. It’s a healthier fat option.
The fats in cocoa butter are healthy fats. Cacao, the seed that cocoa butter is derived from, contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil. It has a neutral effect on blood cholesterol levels. Cocoa butter also has potent antioxidant flavonoids, making it a powerhouse against free radicals for heart and artery health.
2. It boasts fewer calories.
If using Mycryo cocoa butter, the unique powder form of this brand allows you to sprinkle it on your food, before searing, frying or grilling food, using far less fat for a more virtuous, healthy meal. It can also be mixed with herbs and spices to sprinkle on meat or fish.
3. Food ingredients keep their authentic flavour
Using the powder form of cocoa butter enables the food you are cooking with to retain all their natural and authentic flavours. Butter, for example, does change the flavour of foods, especially after it is used in high heat. Cocoa butter resists high cooking temperatures, and it forms a thin protective layer that caramelizes quickly without burning.
4. It has brain benefits.
If you’re one who tends to nibble on some dark chocolate for its mood enhancing properties, it’s a no-brainer that you start cooking with cocoa butter, too. After all, the butter, like chocolate, contains serotonin and endorphins that assist in boost your mood.
5. And benefits for your body, too!
Cocoa butter is used in many pharmaceutical products to assist the body in fighting inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. It also contains a cancer-fighting chemical called pentamer, so using this form of fat in your culinary endeavors doesn’t just make for a tastier option, but healthier one, too. With fewer calories, flavour- and juice-retention in meat and fish preparation, antioxidants and its mood- boosting abilities, cocoa butter is a better choice for your overall body health.