Cacao is the bean that chocolate is made from. In its raw state, it contains more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, green tea and blueberries. Our raw cacao powder is rich in a number of essential minerals including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. Raw cacao powder also contains many rare key nutrients that enhance physical and mental well-being.
Cacao contains anandamide, which is also produced naturally in the brain. It is known as the “Bliss” we feel, because it is released while we are feeling great. Cacao contains enzyme inhibitors that decrease our bodies’ ability to breakdown anandamide. This means after eating cacao, that a natural anandamide and/or cacao anandamide may stick around longer, making us feel good for a longer period of time.
Cacao has been proven to be an excellent source of PEA (Phenylethylamine). It is an adrenal-related substance that is also created naturally by the brain and released when we are in love. This is one of the reasons why love and chocolate have a deep correlation.
Antioxidants are what keep you looking younger and help fight disease. An antioxidant laboratory analysis confirms that there are over 25,200 antioxidants in a single spoonful of raw cacao powder. Dark chocolate has been touted as a source of antioxidants, but this raw chocolate is way beyond that. Researchers found eating 100 grams of dark chocolate each day for 15 days lowered blood pressure. Another study concluded that the body’s ability to metabolize sugar (a problem for people with diabetes) was improved. Cacao also contains the antioxidant of catechin, which has a protective effect against heart disease and some cancers.
Cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. It contains massive quantities of this essential nutrient. Magnesium is used to balance brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and helps regulate your heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium deficiency, which is present in approximately 80% of Americans, is linked with hypertension, heart disease and joint problems.
Cacao is also high in the beauty mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver and supports healthy pancreas functioning. One of the key amino acids, Tryptophan, is found naturally in cacao. Tryptophan enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep. Cacao powder also contains Arginine, the aphrodisiac-like amino acid believed by body builders to build muscle and aid in muscle recovery.
Cacao contains subtle amounts of caffeine and theobromine. However, experiments have shown that these stimulants are far different when consumed raw, rather than cooked. One experiment conducted with a decoction of roasted ground cacao beans in boiling water produced an excitement of the nervous system similar to that caused by black coffee. Interestingly, when the same decoction was made with the raw unroasted beans; the effects were unnoticeable, leading the researchers to conclude that the physiological changes were caused by aromatic substances released during roasting.
So, use raw cacao when you get those chocolate cravings! This raw cacao powder can be used in place of cocoa powder in any recipe. This will not only add great taste to whatever you're making, but it also adds all these health benefits as well.
This cacao powder is certified organic and raw. Our premium cacao beans come directly from the farmers who cultivate them. These farmers grow their crops on their own land, using the same sustainable methods that have been used for generations. These cacao beans are guaranteed to be free of heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides. They are USDA certified organic. They are imported from Peru and Ecuador.
The cacao powder is created by cold-pressing raw, organic cacao beans into a pressed cake separating the oil from the protein and fiber. The temperature is never allowed to exceed 120° F and is usually 104° F (all other cocoa powders are exposed to temperatures as high as 300° F!). A high-accuracy thermometer monitors the process. The remaining dry 'cake-like' material is then cold-ground and fine-milled so that only the finest raw cacao particles become the finished product.
This raw cacao powder has antioxidant activity as exhibited by an ORAC score of 1377 TE/g and is an excellent source of magnesium (42% DV) and iron (22% DV).
Posted by Maria on 18th Jan 2014
This cocoa powder tastes very fresh and, well, chocolatey! I do not usually think of cocoa as a health food, but this one is different! I used it to make some healthy snacks with, which also included honey and nuts, and... yum! I did not feel guilty at all letting my children and hubby eat as much as they wanted of those. Will buy again.
Posted by Joy Petty on 12th Dec 2013
I didn't know what taste to expect of raw cacao powder. I worried that it may taste very different from regular cocoa powder. It definitely does taste different, but it's still a very chocolate-y taste, and it's very good, not strange at all, and less bitter. We made a banana shake with it, and it was absolutely delicious!
Posted by Vilma on 15th Oct 2013
I'm always looking for additional sources of energy. I use Spirulina and Bee Strong daily for that purpose in addition to all the other supplements mostly from your website. I also try to eat well and only buy real food (the staff at the edge of he supermarket and little or no packaged. But I still learn something new every day.
I been trying different ways to use your raw chocolate. It's obviously unsweetened; so I think it takes an acquired taste as it is the case for wine. Since I have gotten used to drinking coffee with no sugar, I experimented one day mixing some of the chocolate powder with it. I do use milk, which in itself contains lactose, which is kind of sweet.
Now to the point: I sometimes drink coffee before I run to increase my energy level and hopefully make it a faster-paced run. I tried it with the chocolate the other day and was surprised to have more energy than usual. I had been struggling with the Miami heat, which zaps your energy and had so far in a while been unable to run 9-minute-miles. With my chocolate-coffee-milk fusion, I accomplished this goal on an otherwise empty stomach. I might have just discovered a new power gel.
Power gels are packed with caffeine and sugar (the better ones have protein in them). Runners are supposed to use 1 15 min. before starting an exercise activity and replenish them every hour after that. I'm going to continue to experiment with your raw chocolate instead.
Thanks for always delivering my orders so quick!
Posted by Momsdish.com on 13th Oct 2013
Being able to provide my kids with a organic hot chocolate, love you guys for providing this product!!!
Posted by Eileen from Abilene on 17th Jul 2013
I eat chocolate every single day. That's likely not going to change so I decided to start controlling the QUALITY of the chocolate I consume. Now that I've been using raw cacao for the past ~3 months the other chocolates I used to use don't even taste good to me. This is one step forward in my healthier eating that's EASY for me!!
Posted by Phyllis on 8th Jul 2013
Because of cacao's many benefits, I add it to my morning drink of coffee to give the coffee a rounder, more fuller taste. That's all I seem to need to start my day.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Jun 2013
Thanks for the Cacao Brownie recipe on your website. Nobody can resist them, and they're soo healthy. It's my most used recipe when I want to take a meal in to a shut-in or new baby. Cacao truly is as blissful as love.
Posted by Sue on 18th Jun 2013
Our family loves adding this to our whey protein shakes in the morning. Provides a quick breakfast that is easy to make and gives energy all morning with a version of chocolate that is good for you!