Superfood for the Heart and Soul
All chocolate originates from cacao (cocoa) beans, the seeds of football-shaped fruits that grow on the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). Often referred to as “food of the gods,” cacao is a beloved superfood with a long history of use in the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Cacao trees are native to Central and South America, where they produce numerous fruits throughout the year, and each fruit contains thirty-five to fifty seeds, which are the cacao beans from which all chocolate is made. Chocolate lovers rejoice: the cacao bean – chocolate in its purest form – has numerous heart-healthy and potentially mood-boosting compounds, making it a superfood for the heart and soul
When it comes to choosing a healthful chocolate treat, your best choices are high-quality, minimally processed chocolate, including raw chocolate, dark chocolate, and unsweetened, unalkalized cocoa powder. Raw chocolate includes whole cacao beans, cacao nibs (crushed beans), and cacao powders (finely milled beans) that are fermented and slow-dried at low temperatures, but not roasted or alkalized. Beans, nibs, and powders can be tossed into smoothies or used to create raw desserts. Nibs are also a great addition to homemade trail mixes that include a variety of nuts, seeds, and dried berries.
When it comes to choosing chocolate, look for products labelled at least 70 percent cacao (or cocoa) because they have more antioxidants and less sugar than do varieties with a lower percentage of cocoa. A square or two of dark chocolate makes a convenient sweet treat that can be enjoyed a few times a week, or whenever a craving pops up. Unsweetened cocoa powder is also a good choice but choose powders that are not Dutch processed, as alkalizing contributes further to nutrient losses. You can use cocoa powder in baking or to make your own homemade hot chocolate; simply add a scoop or two to your favorite nondairy milk and sweeten naturally with a little agave or maple syrup. You can also spice up your hot chocolate with inflammation-fighting spices like cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, or cloves.
Most cacao products are roasted at high temperatures and then refined through machinery using high heat. Superfoods raw cacao products are carefully dried and cold processed ensuring truly raw cacao that keeps the delicate nutrients intact. The cacao product is certified organic and tested for heavy metals.
Ingredients: 100% organic cacao powder
Product of Ecuador
Raw cacao powder has a strong, bitter chocolate flavour. Make raw chocolate smoothies and desserts of all kinds. Sprinkle over your breakfast. Combine with raw cacao butter and your sweetener of choice to easily create your own sensational healthy chocolates at home. Recommended 5 – 20 g per day.