Raw Cacao Beans - suitable for strict raw food diets. Criollo variety. Criollo beans are recognised as the best beans in the world for flavour, consistency and nutrients.
No sugar/additives/preservatives/flavourings, just pure 100% cacao.
Cacao is another of our tastiest superfoods. Cacao is pure chocolate, which comes from the bean of the Theobroma Cacao Tree, from which all chocolate is made. The beans are either eaten whole, crushed into nibs or grinded into a fine powder. In South America cacao is known as the 'Food of the Gods'. Pure cacao is 100% natural and contains no white sugar, milk, saturated fats or hydrogenated oils like most chocolate, or any other added ingredients. Cacao is loaded with active anti-oxidants, live enzymes and a plethora of phytonutirents. Not many people have experienced 100% pure, unprocessed, natural chocolate. Cacao is nutritiously superior and extremely rich in:
Cacao is one of the greatest sources of anti-oxidants to be found in any food. A study published in the Lancet Medical Journal (Antioxidants, Lancet 1996: 348:834) found the cacao bean to be one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants, easily digestible for human metabolism. According to research cited in the New York Times, fresh Cacao beans contain 10% flavonol anti-oxidants. This is twenty times more than is found in normal chocolate bars. Research has shown that the anti-oxidants in Cacao are very stable and highly bio-available (readily absorbed by the human body). A study at Cornell University showed that Cacao powder has nearly twice the anti-oxidants found in red wine and up to three times the amount found in Green Tea. Pure Cacao is truly one of Nature's most remarkable anti-oxidant foods.
The quantities of these feel good chemicals found in pure cacao far exceed the amounts in conventional processed chocolate. Many studies have concluded that chocolate really is good for us due to the cacao bean, the nut that all chocolate is made from. The cacao bean has always been and will always be nature's number one weight loss and high-energy food. Pure cacao is probably the best kept secret in the entire history of food.
In summary, cacao contains dozens of phytonutrient compounds including: magnesium, anandamide, phenylethylamime, arginine, polyphenols and epicatechins, serotonin, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and the vitamins A, B, C, D and E.
Cacao beans can be eaten as they are or crushed and added to smoothies, sprinkled on muesli, fruit salads, trail mixes, used as choc chips in ice-cream or yoghurt or even melted and frozen into solid chocolate bars. Cacao nibs can be used to make a delicious crushed ice drink with soy or rice milk, bananas, vanilla essence or mint. Experience the taste extravaganza of 100% pure chocolate! They are suitable for kids too
Our Cacao products are of the highest quality. You can tell this from their purple/brown hues, rich flavour, fine aroma and crisp exquisite taste. They are grown in the Peruvian Central Amazon Rainforest region and are grown without the use of any pesticides or other agro-chemicals. All our cacao products are thoroughly tested and produced according to stringent quality control procedures. They do not have a microbe count, are free from contamination and bacteria and are certified 100% safe for human consumption.
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