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5 Benefits of Raw Cacao

Raw cacao is somewhat different from the common "cocoa". Cacao refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which cocoa is derived.  It is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean.
Cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted.  This process ultimately destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols.  A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through processing. 


1.  40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries

Raw Organic Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries.  The ORAC scores measures the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.  Cacao has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400 per 100g.  Foods with a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity value have a high potential to inhibit oxidation.

2.  Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron

Cacao contains a high source of iron - 7.3mg of iron per 100g.  This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg.  Note the iron in cacao is non-heme (plant-based iron), so to get the maximum benefits you'll want to combine it with some vitamin C.

3.  Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain

Cacao is one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium.  Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy. 

4.  Good Source of Calcium

Cacao is high in Calcium

5.  A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant

Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven happy chemicals:
  • serotonin,
  • tryptophan,
  • tyrosine and
  • phenylethylamine.
These neurotransmitters are associated with the cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even help alleviate depression.  A natural, healthy, delicious way to get your happy shoes on.

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