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Opt for organic cacao beans like Kajal Aggarwal

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Foodie Kajal Aggarwal is getting to the festive sprit, and what better way than with food? She’s got a tasty, yet beneficial and ethically-conscious ingredient handy for those nippy winters, and to ring in Christmas cheer. Let’s take a look at it!

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Kajal is sipping ‘A hot cup of cacao’ which is the ‘perfect start to her day. But she substantiates what seems like an otherwise unhealthy choice with hashtags like #organicallygrown  #cacaobeans #consciouschoices. When the right kind of cacao beans are consumed the right way, they can have several health benefits. Here are some of them.

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What to use
First of all, make sure you’re using raw chocolate or cacao nibs instead of processed chocolate bars, to make your hot chocolate. If you have to use a chocolate bar, make sure it is around 90 percent dark, without too much other junk like sugar, binders like soy and so on. The key is to get all the benefits of cacao, without the harmful effects of other additives.

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Why to use
Cacao beans have truly miraculous benefits. The Incas considered cacao a drink from the Gods, and so the comes scientific name Theobroma - which literally means nectar of the gods in Greek. It contains a whopping 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries, improves heart health, boosts metabolism and improves the memory and mood. It is rich in over five vitamins, has protein and fibre, besides being rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron.

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How to use
You can either use just melted cacao nibs or raw cacao, for a smooth, rich chocolaty drink, or add some organic milk to make it thinner. Avoid sugar entirely, or if you really must, opt for a brand of fair-trade organic brown sugar. Adding spices like cinnamon or pure vanilla (not the essence!) also adds a zing along with health benefits.

Photos: Instagram, Shutterstock, Fabelle at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai

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