The cocoa butter is extracted from the fruit of the cocoa. To produce cocoa butter, the fruit must be ripe, fermented, dried, roasted and pressed. Through this process, a solid, dry, half-yellowish fat, which is cocoa butter is extracted.
This natural substance has in its composition oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid, vegetable fatty acids very beneficial to the skin and the body.
This natural product can be used as an ingredient in the following ways:
- in various food types;
- in cooking recipes;
- various cosmetic products;
- in the pharmaceutical industry;
- in the manufacture of soaps and soaps;
- as a substitute for cooking oils and fats.
- Properties of cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is a natural ingredient, which for centuries has been used for care, health and beauty of the skin and body, thanks to its therapeutic and moisturizing properties.
Let’s look at some of them:
Moisturizing: for being rich in vegetable fatty acids
Emollient: property of softening the skin, therefore, is used to treat calluses, for example
Anti-aging: Due to the polyphenols, which are part of its constitution, cocoa butter has antioxidant power, so it neutralizes the action of free radicals in the body, caused by external agents, that trigger cellular aging.
Anti-inflammatory: strengthens and protects the skin from infections and inflammation
Healing: it contributes to the restoration and regeneration of wounds and dryings in the skin and the lips.
Refreshing: Relieves the blaze of sunburn
- Benefits of Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter, as food, provides the following benefits:
- Strengthens the immune system
- Promotes hormonal balance
- Improves mood by increasing levels of endorphin and serotonin
- Combats constipation and improves bowel functions
- It contributes to heart health because saturated fats derived from plants are considered beneficial by health experts because they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Combats atherosclerosis (hardening of veins), due to the action of polyphenols and their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
- Uses of cocoa butter in feed
Cocoa butter is generally used in the composition of tablet chocolate or powder, but it may also be a substitute option, used instead of butter of animal origin, mainly in candy recipes.
In cooking, cocoa butter can be used as an ingredient to make:
- homemade chocolates
- sweet cakes
- party candy
- filling and cake coating
- roulade and bucks
- as a substitute, in fried foods, of vegetable oil or milk butter
The cosmetics industry uses cocoa butter as an ingredient in the composition of lipsticks, face creams, conditioners, shampoos, soaps, body moisturizers, etc.
In the pharmaceutical industry
Cocoa butter is used as an ingredient in the manufacture of pharmacy ova and suppositories.
In cleaning products
Cocoa butter serves as the basis or ingredient in the formulation of soaps and soaps.