The pic here to the right is Raw Cacao – chocolate in its most raw form. There’s no dairy added, no sugar added, no preservatives, and it hasn’t been cooked or heat treated to destroy all the precious enzymes.
The cacao plant is the source of all cocoa and chocolate products, and Raw Cacao is just what it sounds like – the beans of the plant without all the extra junk. Chocolate in its natural state is actually a superfood, and it’s literally one of the most nutritious foods you can eat.
Raw Cacao has been enjoyed by many cultures in Central & South America for thousands of years because it is not only tasty but is full of healthy antioxidants and minerals. In fact, it has over 25,000 antioxidants in just ONE tablespoon, and 7 grams of fiber per ounce!
It’s also a super source of:
- Flavanols – which are necessary for a heart-healthy lifestyle.
- Polyphenols – may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- Magnesium – low of levels of magnesium are linked to migraines, asthma, allergies, fibromyalgia, anxiety disorders, and ADD
- Fiber – A high-fiber diet may reduce your risk of colon cancer, type-2 Diabetes, and many other health issues.
And ALL of these amazing nutrients actually helps you loss weight! That’s right, chocolate is ACTUALLY a health food, when it’s in its natural state.
So you’re probably asking yourself “but how does it taste?”. Well, I make tons of tasty recipes with raw cacoa, which comes in a few different forms. Cacoa nibs (shown in the pic) is great all by it’s self, or in trail mixes and recipes, and cacao powder (my personal fav) is awesome for smoothies or prepared with all-natural sweeteners like in my Superfood Candy Recipe (Get The Recipe).
Raw Cacao is starting to show up everywhere, so you’re going to start seeing it more and more. Check out www.TrySunFoods.com to find my favorite Raw Cacao products. They carry Cacao nibs, and lots of protein bars and treats made with raw chocolate, but their Raw Cacao powder is AWAZING, and that’s the one I use in my candy recipe above.
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