Our Supplier is certified Organic
Place of Origin: Ecuador
Scientific Name: Theobroma cacao
The cacao tree, native to the fertile forests of South America, is famous not only for its unique taste, but also for its therapeutic and nutritional properties. The generic name, Theobroma, literally translates to ‘food of the gods’.
All chocolate is made from the Cacao bean and every study on chocolate is pointing to the same conclusion, that there is something in chocolate that is really good for us.
The terms Cacao and Cocoa are often mistakenly used interchangeably to mean the same thing. For many years, the two terms did mean the same thing. Nowadays, however, both terms are used to differentiate different parts of the process and ingredients. Cocoa is now a term to describe, for the most part, processed and sweetened cacao; much like the hot cocoa we’re all used to! Cacao is used to describe the seeds (actual chocolate base), the tree (where the seeds grow), and the “pods” (a coconut looking “container” that holds the actual cacao seeds/beans called nibs when you separate them from the seeds hard shell just before creating the chocolate liquor or powders).
Our organic cacao is super high in antioxidants, which can increase the levels of serotonin your brain produces. This is beneficial if you’ve been feeling down and depressed, a condition that can come with lower levels of serotonin. Eating cacao can raise your natural levels of serotonin and create a balancing effect. It contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and Pantothenic acid, along with many essential minerals the body needs such as magnesium, calcium, chromium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.
David Wolfe is an American Raw Food Expert and below is a short video on his experience with the Cacao Bean.
In a nutshell:
It taste amazing, helps with those chocolate cravings, and is full of antioxidants and best of all – it contains no sugar !
Use for all types of sweet baking, or try mixing with other superfoods as part of a nutritious smoothie blend.
Nutritional Information Typical Values per 100g:
Energy 303 kcal 1263 KJ
of which saturates 0.9g
of which mono-unsaturates 3.8g
of which poly-unsaturates 1.2g
of which sugars 0.2g
Sodium 21 mg