Cacao beans come from the Cacao plant, an evergreen plant grown in South America that is the source for all forms of chocolate available today. Cacao is the natural product produced by the plant. Raw cacao beans are not to be confused with cocoa which is a powdered form of cacao that has been subjected to intense heat and has much of its goodness removed from the product. Raw organic cacao beans have been grown and harvested naturally without the use of insecticides or other contaminants. Cacao nibs are cacao beans that have been chopped into smaller pieces.
Organic cacao beans can be used in a variety of ways including:
Being crushed into powdered form and substituted for cocoa in any baking recipe
Being added to a healthy snack mix providing a wonderful contrast to the sweet taste of dried fruits
Being added to coffee drinks to make a wonderful Mocha style drink without the added sugar
Smoothies - cacao nibs add a great taste when added to a smoothie.
While you may be aware of the nutritional benefits of cocoa, these are relatively small when compared to the raw product. Both cocoa and cacao are excellent sources of fibre, but the processing of cocoa removes some of the natural goodness that cacao holds. Incorporating cacao beans raw into your diet will help you to tap into these benefits:
Cacao is a great source of magnesium which helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, lower the risk of diabetes, improve bone health and maintain the nervous system
Contains flavonoids which are an antioxidant with strong anti inflammatory properties.
Excellent source of iron
Contains phenylethylamine which is known to elevate mood and improve energy levels.
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