If you think chocolate doesn’t belong in your keto diet, think again.
They are amongst the least processed cocoa products on the market and substantially lower in sugar than other chocolate products, making them a healthier alternative for chocolate lovers.
Unlike many chocolate products, cacao nibs are naturally low in sugar. They’re also a good source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats — nutrients that help promote feelings of fullness.
One ounce (28 grams) of cacao nibs provides:
- Calories: 175
- Protein: 3 grams
- Fat: 15 grams
- Fiber: 5 grams
- Sugar: 1 gram
- Iron: 6% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
- Magnesium: 16% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 9% of the RDI
- Zinc: 6% of the RDI
- Manganese: 27% of the RDI
- Copper: 25% of the RDI
Dark chocolate is also well known for its rich supply of polyphenols, which are plant compounds with strong anti-inflammatory effects that may encourage the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
Add cacao nibs to homemade smoothies, energy bites, or trail mix. If you have a sweet tooth, make keto hot chocolate by melting cacao nibs in unsweetened coconut milk on the stovetop. Then mix in your favorite keto-friendly sweetener, such as stevia or monk fruit.