Cacao butter is the natural fat extracted from cacao, which is obtained in the process of cacao powder and chocolate, separated by pressure. This food has stearic acid (34-36%), oleic acid (30 - 40%) and palmitic acid (24 - 29%) and linoleic acid (2.5 - 3.5%).
Its uses can vary between the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries:
As an ingredient:
As it has a mild cacao smell and flavor, it can be included in certain drinks due to its levels of healthy fats, it is also key for the preparation of various chocolates, pastry products, pastries and chocolate.
Pharmaceutical and cosmetic:
Its properties in the proper digestive function, makes it the basis of some medications. As cacao is an antioxidant food, cacao butter is used to moisturize, protect and restore the skin, being used in body creams, sun blockers, anti-aging products, oils, soaps and even makeup. Likewise, it is key to the good maintenance of the hair, being used as a hair treatment in various masks. It is also a common ingredient for lip care by preventing dryness.