Cacao and cocoa - there is more of a difference between the two than just the swapping of 'a's and 'o's. Most of us know cocoa as an old childhood friend, our chocolate-y companion in biscuits and drinks. Cacao, on the other hand, is a more recent discovery in the Western world.
Raw cacao powder is the product of cold-pressing cacao beans, while cocoa is produced by further roasting the beans. Those high temperatures destroy almost all the original beneficial antioxidant and flavanol content.
Non-organic cocoa is even worse, produced in fields treated with pesticides that infuse it with chemicals. It may also contain genetically-modified organisms (GMO).
Raw organic cacao, though, is one of the most perfect natural foods to ever be discovered. Here are 5 ways it is blowing away the competition.
1. Calcium King
Who would have thought that milk could be usurped from its position as the highest source of dietary calcium? Yet, the numbers are in and raw organic cacao has been shown to pack 160 mg of calcium per 100 g compared to milk's 125 mg per 100ml.
Apparently, drinking cacao leads to strong bones, strong teeth and also a strong desire to have more cacao.
2. Antioxidant Ace
Antioxidants combat free radicals produced within our bodies and introduced via toxins; they age the body and cause diseases like cancer.
The antioxidant content of raw organic cacao is literally off the charts - 4 times that of the former antioxidant champion, goji berries. Raw organic cacao registers an ORAC score of 98,000 compared to 25,000 for goji berries.
3. Healthy Heart and Brainy Brain
Magnesium is essential for a strong, regular heartbeat and normal blood pressure. Over 300 human enzymes require the mineral for essential reactions, many of which give us clarity of thought by enhancing brain function.
Unfortunately, Western diets are deficient in magnesium more often and by larger amounts than other mineral. The 499 mg per 100 g magnesium content of cacao can help reverse that.
4. Iron Man
70% of the iron in our bodies is in our blood cells, helping them transport oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body. Iron deficiency leads to dizziness, tiredness, damaged skin and weakens the immune system.
No plant can compare to cacao's iron content which, at 7.3 mg per 100 g, is triple that of beef and lamb (2.5 mg) and double of spinach (3.6 mg).
5. Happy Pill... without the Pill
We all know that chocolate is a great antidepressant and mood elevator. Raw cacao has the same effect while eschewing the preservatives, chemicals and processing that goes into regular chocolate production.
What's not to be happy about?
Nature’sTwist and Raw Organic Cacao
We stopped the list at 5 but raw organic cacao truly is a wonderful ingredient that Nature’sTwist is ecstatic to be able to add to our snacks. The infusion of delicious chocolate flavour is part of the reason the Coconut Crisp - Raw Cacao, The Innocent Cookie - Raw Cacao, and the Bliss Bites - Raw Cacao are so popular.
Why not try them today? There is so much to gain, even besides the heavenly trip to choco bliss.