Raw Cacao is the best way to consume antioxidants.
Raw cacao is getting a lot more attention these days. So what’s the big deal? Raw cacao has a lot of health benefits, including antioxidants. It is also delicious and can be used in raw or cooked food. You can try our Black Bean Chocolate cake as a sample and decide what you think.
What is Cacao?
Theobroma trees are found in South America, Central America, and Mexico. Theobroma cacao trees literally translate to “cacao, the food of gods” in Greek. Raw cacao is available in many forms, including whole beans, nibs, and powder.
What is the difference between baking cocoa and raw cacao?
Raw cacao (Cracow) does not undergo any heat processing, so it retains its nutritional profile. Cacao beans are not heated but instead dried at low temperatures. Heating (which is used to make baking cocoa and a number of other refined products of chocolate) can destroy certain antioxidants and healthy nutrients.
Chocolate can be healthy, but only if it is raw and unprocessed without added sugar or fat. The combination of raw cacao powder, cacao butter, and agave is a healthier option. The raw chocolates from Loving Earth are delicious. My personal favorite is the Luvju Coconut Mylk Bar, a little bar of plain chocolate.
Raw Cacao Health Benefits
Sometimes, it is hard to believe something so delicious can be so healthy. Raw cacao is rich in Magnesium, which is an important supplement for our daily diet. This is especially true for the brain and heart. It is also rich in Sulphur, which is great for your hair, skin, and nails.
Raw cacao’s high antioxidant content is one of its most popular health benefits. Cacao is a food with a high ORAC value. ORAC is an acronym for “Oxygen Radical Absorptance Capacity” and was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture as a way to measure antioxidants’ ability to absorb free radicals. The higher the ORAC rating, the more antioxidants are present in the food. This means that eating cacao or other foods rich in antioxidants can help stabilize and destroy free radicals within your cells and tissue.
We can’t ignore the “feel-good” factor that cacao and chocolate provide. Raw cacao can affect the brain through the release of neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters trigger the release of feel-good hormones. Serotonin is a happy hormone that makes you feel good!