Cacao (pronounced ka-kow) beans are a Mayan superfood that come from the seeds of an Amazonian fruiting tree. These beans are used in all chocolate and cocoa products. Pulverising raw cacao nibs creates a beautiful rich cacao powder. As the temperature never exceeds 40°C during this process, the powder is considered a ‘raw' food with all heat-sensitive vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants remaining intact, thereby maximising digestion and absorption. This powder comes from organically grown ingredients, is fair traded, and has over 360% MORE antioxidants than regular cocoa. Visit our http://www.coconutmagic.com/recipes/sugar-free-sweets-treats.html[recipe pages] to learn how this superfood can be incorporated into creating healthy, delicious sugar-free treats.
Most cocoa powder is processed via the "Dutch method", meaning that heat is used, occasionally with solvents, to pulverise the nibs. This destroys the majority of the nutrients and antioxidants and potentially contaminates the final product. This cacao powder is extracted using a method that ensures it retains an antioxidant (ORAC) score of 95,500 (that is fourteen times more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, twenty-one times more than green tea, and seven times more than even dark chocolate!)
Cacao may promote positive mood as it contains the substance phenethylamine, a neurotransmitter found in the brain that acts as a mood elevator and natural antidepressant. The University of Michigan Health System (UMIM) states that cacao may also have the ability to boost endorphins, which act as natural “happy” opiates and are responsible for the highs that are experienced after exercising, laughing, having sex or winning. Cacao may also boost serotonin, the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness.
Cacao also contains approximately 43.6 mg (one of the richest food-based sources) of flavonoids per gram, a powerful group of antioxidants. A cup of hot cacao contains more antioxidants than a serving of red wine or tea. Drinking cacao may help to fight cancer, heart disease and aging through its antioxidant boosting effect.
A 2 tbsp. serving of cacao contains just 25 calories and 1.5 g of fat. It provides 3.6 g of fiber (14% of the recommended daily intake), 8% of the daily value of iron and 14% of the daily value of magnesium.
How to Use
Mix a tablespoon (or to taste) with your favorite smoothie, milkshake or any raw/baking recipe to provide a rich, natural chocolate flavour.
Use to make hot chocolate, and add a teaspoon of coconut nectar to sweeten.
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