Theobroma Cacao is a type of tree native to Central and South America. These trees are very well-known in that their beans are the source of Cacao Butter, Cacao Liquor, Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs. These Cacao products are commonly used in the production of Chocolate treats and Candy bars in modern America.
Cacao, though always popular, is becoming especially well-known recently due to the increase in interest in Superfoods. Cacao beans (as well as all the other Cacao products) are extremely rich in Antioxidants, Polyphenols, Omega Fatty Acids, Minerals and Vitamins. The more that these beans are studied from a nutritional and health perspective, the more it is becoming understood how amazing they are.
The spelling of Cacao may seem incorrect as well to those of us who grew up in modern commercial product-ridden cities, Cocoa is what we are familiar with. There’s a big difference between our Raw Organic Cacao products and those nasty sugary chocolate bars you remember from childhood (or this morning ha). Cocoa is usually used to describe processed and cooked Cacao products, whereas the term Cacao describes the Raw products from this amazing tree.
While a chocolate bar or Cocoa product will serve some benefit to the body, and still contain some amount of the healthy cacao components, the value of processed cacao is not nearly the same as that of Raw Organic Cacao. Like most foods, applying heat to Cacao beans is sure to reduce the overall nutritional value by diminishing the fatty acids and mineral content.
Why Eternity in a Box Cacao products are superior…
Firstly and foremost, our Cacao Beans and Nibs are all Certified Organic and completely Raw! We strive to carry only the most powerfully ‘restoring’ foods in our Restorative Foods section, so Organic and Raw was the only way to go with Cacao! There are plenty of suppliers offering ‘Raw’ cacao products, but please do beware of this general label. There are quite a few sources for Cacao which will apply significant heat to the beans during fermentation. Our Cacao bean are never heated to this degree during any point!
Why you should have Raw Organic Cacao in your pantry…
It seems in today’s modern world that just about everybody is nutritionally deficient in some manner. Cacao as well as other Superfoods are great to have available for ourselves as well as our loved ones because they can help us to ‘catch up’ to nutritional balance. These wonderful beans are rich in Magnesium, Iron, Chromium, Manganese, Zinc, Vitamin C and they also contain powerful brain-effecting compounds such as Tryptophan, Phenethylamine and Serotonin.
Cacao is a particularly fun superfood to have handy, because it can be used in a wide range of culinary preparations.
There has also been research done to show the benefits of Cacao for the heart, regulation of blood pressure, stress and depression.
What do I do with these Cacao products…just eat them?
Our Cacao products are certainly ready to eat as is! But that doesn’t mean that you should be limited to this…Cacao products can be added to Trail Mixes, Cookies, Energy Bars, Protein Shakes, Nut Milks (to make Raw Chocolate Milk yum!) and more. The possibilities are truly endless with Cacao when it comes to culinary preparations.
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