Organic Cacao Powder Raw
Cacao powder is made from the finest cacao beans and has a decadent and full-bodied chocolate flavour. The beans are extracted from the inside of the Cacao fruit which contains both the beans (seeds) and a white pulp. The beans are separated from the pulp and left to ferment for 5-6 days. After fermentation, the beans go through a drying process below 40C.
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The Cacao Beans are then husked and ground to produce Cacao Paste. During this process, part of the Cacao Paste is pressed to separate the Cacao Butter from what is now called the Cacao Cake. The Cake is then pulverized to become Cacao Powder.
How to use
Enjoy cacao powder in hot chocolate, smoothies and brownies, or top your dessert with an elegant dusting of this fine powder. Cacao is a very popular ingredient in raw food and cakes. For a cup of hot chocolate, mix half to one teaspoon of cacao into a smooth paste with a little cold milk. Add hot milk while stirring briskly.
Per 50g serving Per 100 g
Calories 754 kJ 1508 kJ Total Fat
– Saturated Fat
Sodium 1.2 mg 2.4 mg Total Carbohydrate
Protein 13 g 26 g
Raw Cacao Beans contain 10 grams of flavonol antioxidants per 100 grams, which is an incredible 10%. Research has also demonstrated that the antioxidants in cacao are highly stable and easily available to human metabolism. In the adjacent table you can see that cacao powder has set the world record for antioxidants with nearly 4 times the amount of antioxidants as Goji Berries. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture to measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which normally cause cell and tissue damage. The higher the ORAC score, the higher the level of antioxidants present in the food.
ORAC Scores for top 10 Antioxidant foods per 100g 1) Loving Earth Cacao Powder* 98,000 2) Raw Cacao Nibs** 62,100 3) Roasted Cocoa Powder 26,000 4) Loving Earth Raw Dark Chocolate* 27,900 5) Goji Berries** 25,300 6) Acai Berries** 18,500 7) Dark Chocolate 13,120 8) Prunes 5,770 9) Raisins 2,830 10) Blueberries 2,400 Source: US department of Agriculture * Tested by Southern Cross University ** Tested by Brunswick Laboratories, MA, USA
Magnesium for the Heart and Brain
Raw cacao is the primary dietary source of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in western civilisation. Magnesium is the most important mineral for a healthy functioning heart. It also plays a key role in producing energy for the neurons in the brain from glucose. So when there is an abundance of magnesium the brain works with clarity and focus.
Mood elevators and Anti-depressants
Cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine (PEA), four well-studied neurotransmitters, which are associated with feelings of well being and help alleviate depression. Both PEA and Anandamide (the bliss chemical) are found in abundance in the brains of happy people and are particularly released when we are feeling happy. Both of these neurotransmitters are present in raw cacao in large enough quanitities to affect the brain and lift our moods. Cacao also contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that keep neurotransmitters in the bloodstream for longer without being broken down.
We have all experienced the positive feelings associated with eating chocolate, now we have access to pure raw unadalterated chocolate in the form of Organic Raw Cacao. This is much more potent than the processed chocolate and doesn't have any sugar or dairy products blocking the positive effects of all the goodies in Raw Cacao. My experience is that eating 11 Raw Cacao Beans is enough to experience a blissful sense of well being.