Cacao Powder: Raw, Heirloom + Organic
This high-standard and next-level quality of Cacao beans grow on trees found in Central and South America. When these beans are processed, they become cocoa and chocolate, but the raw and organic beans keep many of the super powers of cacao that are lost through processing.
- Cacao packs in more calcium than cow’s milk.
- It’s densely packed with iron, magnesium and antioxidants.
- Consuming cacao can help with issuessuch as depression (enhance mood), stress, blood pressure and heart health.
What’s the difference between cacao and cocoa and which one's healthier?
Makers of raw (unroasted) or less processed cacao bean products often use the word cacao rather than cocoa, which may imply that they’re more natural unprocessed products. The word “cacao” refers to cacao beans and pod before they are fermented. After they are fermentation and processed, they call them cocoa, used to make cocoa powder or chocolate.
Some experts use “cacao” for the pods, beans and ground-up contents of the beans, reserving “cocoa” for the powder left after pressing the fat out of the ground beans.
Cacao products are excellent sources of several minerals, including selenium, magnesium, chromium and manganese, but these often aren’t shown on nutrition labels, as published in the National Institute of Health: Mineral essential elements for nutrition in different chocolate products. Generally, the darker the chocolate — the higher the cacao content — the higher the mineral content.
Cacao beans and the products derived from them are rich sources of beneficial plant compounds, particularly flavanols, which have antioxidant, heart-protective and anti-cancer properties, among other health benefits
Cacao also contains iron that is readily absorbed by the body, unlike some plant sources of the mineral.
Vegetarians and vegans may especially profit from this, as their sources of iron are limited.
Cacao products also contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid your body uses to make serotonin, a brain chemical that helps you relax, National Institute of Health: Cocoa agronomy, quality, nutritional, and health aspects.
Did you know that cacao contains 40x more anti-oxidants than blueberries? It has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400. ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases.
Cacao is also loaded with iron and magnesium. Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg.
Raw cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in most people. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.
Ingredients: Full Fat Organic Cacao Powder (20-22%)
Amount per container: 6oz (170g) Fine Powder
Amount of servings: 56 servings (using 1 tsp per serving)
Suggested Serving: 1/2-1tsp (It is recommend that everyone to listen to their body intuitively, and follow the dosage that resonates the most with them.)