Believed to be a gift from the gods as a food with medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties, the ancient Mayan and Aztec people used Cacao for nutritional purposes as well as a mood enhancer and stimulant. Primarily grown in areas near the equator, Cacao beans are from the Theobroma Cacao tree and a few centuries ago were so coveted in Central America they were actually used as currency. Up to 60 cacao seeds are harvested from each pod that grows on the tree, and then naturally fermented and dried in a purely organic fashion.
Studies have shown that chocolate has numerous health benefits and is conducive to psychological well-being. When the seeds (also known as beans) are raw and organic, they provide the greatest benefit. The processing and roasting of ‘regular’ chocolate found in convenience stores and supermarkets causes the loss of many valuable nutrients and potent antioxidants. What you get from a block of this chocolate is not much more than refined sugar and processed milk solids. Hence, chocolate’s artery-clogging, fat-gaining reputation.
Raw cacao, however, with its rich nutrients, powerful antioxidants, and array of phytochemicals, is appropriately recognized as a superfood.
If you have not yet discovered organic cacao, wait no longer! In its rawest form, Cacao offers a vast array of benefits from quick energy boosts and improving your mood to weight loss support and blood sugar regulation. With high concentrations of flavonol antioxidants, it is the ideal source for combating inflammation and neutralizing pesky free radicals.
Cacao is a rapidly gaining momentum as a favourite superfood that is easy to incorporate into recipes to for a burst of delicious flavor. In organic form, it is healthy for you because it does not include any of the added sugar, dairy, preservatives or fillers commonly found in the convenience and grocery store outlet cocoa and milk chocolates. Pure cacao powder is instead boasting with vitamins and dietary fibre, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, chromium, potassium and copper. In its rawest form, Cacao offers an array of benefits from providing an energy boost and improving your mood to weight loss support and blood sugar regulation.
All of our Cacao products are certified organic, 100% vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and chemical-free, and recommended for the entire family. At Everything Healthy, we offer both Cacao nibs and powder, with the main difference being personal preference. Nibs are the purest form, containing the essential oils, but the powder allows more flexibility when adding to smoothies, or combining with recipes. We proudly source our raw cacao products from quaint family-operated farms located in the lush Amazon basin of Peru in order to ensure only the finest quality product at an affordable price point. These organic cacao nibs really do melt in your mouth and they are boasting with vitamins, dietary fiber and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, chromium, potassium and copper. Benefits of Cacao include:
Ingredients: 100% organic cacao nibs
Country of origin: Peru
Add to your morning cereal and trail mix or eat as a snack.
Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight.
|Nutritional value||Per 100g|
|Energy||2520 kJ / 602.4 kcal|
|of which saturates||25 g|
|of which sugars||0 g|
|Vitamins and minerals|