Lets talk about Cacao!!
So, what is the difference between cocoa and cacao? Cacao is the bean from the plant in its raw, unprocessed state. It becomes cocoa after being roasted and processed in high temperatures. Unfortunately, this alters the structure of the bean, lowering the overall nutritional value.
Cacao and dark chocolate are rich in potassium, vitamin C, iron and copper, also providing sources of iron and magnesium, and packs in more calcium than cow's milk.
The antioxidant levels found in cacao and dark chocolate are similar to those of blueberries and acai berries. Cacao and dark chocolate also exceed the antioxidant qualities of green tea, and even red wine (chocolate and wine? the perfect combo… we know). Antioxidants are extremely valued for their anti-aging benefits and their role in disease prevention.
This nutrient dense super food is even beneficial in regards to preventing cardiovascular disease. Magnesium and vitamin E increase and promote heart function and keep efficient flow of blood throughout the body, while copper plays a major role in allowing blood cells to receive oxygen.
Cacao can improve cell function and does not impact blood sugar levels, therefore is the perfect treat for those with diabetes or those with any issues with sugars impacting their health (which lets be honest is basically all of us!)
It has also been found that dairy has a nutrient-blocking effect on the antioxidants found in cacao, so be sure to pair it with non-dairy products such as soy, almond or coconut alternatives.
At first you may find cacao a little bitter, although if you work your way up by gradually increasing the percentage of cacao, your palate will adjust.
Add cacao to smoothies, coffee and hot chocolates, milkshakes, ice cream, cake mixtures or make your own raw healthy, delicious food creations such as healthy, nutritious snack bars and baked goods - add a touch of cacao to make them shine! Whether it’s in the form of powder, nibs, crunch or just a bar of chocolate, you’ll reap in the health benefits and the rich, creamy, chocolate taste. Get your hands on some REAL chocolate.
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