This Superfood Might Surprise You!
Did you know that chocolate is actually a health food? We’re not talking about sugary candy bars here. The secret to chocolate’s incredible health benefits are unlocked when it is eaten in its raw, unadulterated state.
The edible seed of a tropical South American fruit tree, cacao
is known to have “antioxidant activity [which is] involved in immune responses.1 Cacao is also bursting with magnesium, potassium, manganese, zinc, iron, and copper.
Scientifically known as Theobroma Cacao
, or “Food of the Gods,” this ancient superfood has been revered for centuries by Aztec and Maya cultures.
Ever Wonder Why Chocolate Makes You Feel So Good?
If you’ve ever eaten a piece of chocolate and felt supercharged, then you know what we’re talking about here. The extraordinary bean from which our beloved chocolate comes contains theobromine, a stimulant that does not affect the nervous system the way caffeine does (think: energy spike!).
Instead, theobromine is known to create a slow release of energy throughout the day. What’s more, researchers have suggested that “chocolate consumption may benefit cardiovascular health…[considering theobromine] as a useful, specific biomarker for chocolate consumption.”2
As if a boost of energy wasn’t enough, cacao is loaded with substances that stimulate feelings of happiness such as anandamide, a neurotransmitter which makes you feel good while blocking feelings of pain and depression.
Cacao also contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the pleasure chemical found in the brains of people in love—that’s why chocolate and romance go together so often!
The Healthiest Way to Eat Chocolate
Our cacao is raw, organic, non-GMO and gluten free. We start with only the finest variety of certified organic heirloom cacao beans; process them without chemicals and solvents at low temperatures in order to preserve the delicate nutrients and true, natural taste of raw cacao.
Check out this amazing Cocolate Nut Ganache
recipe using Cacao Powder
Here’s a breakdown of all of our forms of cacao…
The least processed form of cacao available, cacao beans are simply picked, cleaned, and dried through a low temperature technique to preserve the delicate nutrients and rich flavors of raw cacao. We love them dipped in raw honey!
“These cacao beans are extraordinary!! I love how delicious they are and how little I need to satisfy my chocaholic cravings! And that it’s organic and healthy… Wow, I love them!!!!” – Judi
Simply pure cacao beans ground into small pieces. Add to trail mixes and smoothies, sprinkle on yogurt or desserts, or eat them out of the bag.
“I dip my banana in a tiny bowl of these in the morning, yum! Super-charged!” – Mary
Prepared by slowly grinding cacao nibs at low temperature to yield a rich paste that is then cooled and dried to form chocolaty chunks—excellent for making homemade chocolate.
“I shave it off and put it on desserts, or melt it into candy. Super easy and super delicious. It doesn’t really need sweetener, it’s that good!” – Kristy
Cacao Paste, Tempered:
The temperature of this paste is carefully controlled to ensure uniform crystallization of the fats, which creates noticeable change in snap, sheen, color, smell and taste. The result is a smooth, dark, and rich chocolate that comes in fun shapes and sizes that you can eat straight out of the bag.
“Cacao paste is usually a bit crumbly for my taste, but this one is so smooth, I just eat it as is! What lovely texture and the taste is awesome too!” – Rawgal5
Simply the pure oil extracted from the cacao at low temperature to protect delicate enzymes and nutrients. Use for chocolate recipes or to moisturize your skin.
“This is the finest Cacao I have ever seen, smelled, or tasted. It is truly magnificent. I have been making raw chocolate bars with it and they are delicious. Thank you Sunfood!!!” – Matt O
Once the cacao butter is extracted to reduce the fat content of the cacao, the result is ground down to create a fine, richly flavored, easy-to-use powder that’s perfect for smoothies or chocolate drinks.
“I put this in my superfood smoothie every morning and have noticed a huge difference! My energy and mood have really improved. I can’t imagine starting my day without it.” – Nikki