Cocoa butter is fat that has been extracted from the cocoa bean. Technically, this makes it a vegetable fat, and although we normally recommend steering clear of vegetable fats, this one is OK.
The Fat Content of Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is mostly saturated fat, with some monounsaturated fat and almost no polyunsaturated fat (PUFA). Saturated and monounsaturated fats are preferable to PUFAs because they are much more stable. PUFAs tend to oxidize when exposed to heat and light and consuming oxidized fats is something we should all try to avoid.
A Safe Cooking Fat
This doesn’t mean you have to cook everything in cocoa butter, although that’s certainly a Paleo-friendly option if you can get your hands on it. Mark Sisson gives cocoa butter his Primal seal of approval here.