Cacao is the pure raw form of chocolate. This superfood is one of the highest natural sources of antioxidants on the planet (more antioxidants than red wine or green tea!) - say goodbye to those nasty free radicals.
Cacao has more iron than a serving of beef.
Cacao contains theobromine, which may help enhance mood and brain function. It is ideal for muscle contraction, cardiovascular health, and increased energy. Cacao contains compounds that may help raise the neurotransmitters in our brain, which promotes an overall feeling of well being – cacao makes you happy!
Want to beat that darn sugar craving? Cacao contains chromium, a mineral shown to help reduce sugar cravings and improve insulin function in the body (no sugar crash!). Cacao is an excellent source of magnesium which may help stabilize blood sugar as well as to help support good blood flow throughout the body.
CACAO AND COCOA – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Both come from the chocolate tree Theobroma Cacao (the scientific name for the chocolate tree).
Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and minimally processed.
Cacao nibs are simply cacao beans that have been chopped up into edible pieces (like chocolate chips but without added fats or sugars).
Cacao nibs contain all of the fiber, fat, and nutrients from the cacao bean.
Cocoa is the heated form of cacao that is typically found on the shelf at your supermarket.
Cocoa powder is produced similarly to cacao, however cocoa is processed using high temperatures of heat.
Cocoa undergoes high temperature roasting, which change the molecular structure of the cacao bean – meaning enzyme content is reduced and lower nutritional value.