Everyone loves chocolate, but the magic starts with cacao beans and they’re something special all on their own.
Some cool facts about cacao
- Cacao is really a nut! The cacao tree bears its fruit in pods, which is why people called them beans.
- Also, the cacao tree is always in season, which means that pods can be harvested all year around. Good news for chocolate lovers.
Cacao has always been highly prized and in times past cacao beans could be used as money to pay certain taxes. These beans were considered valuable for both their taste and health properties: raw cacao helps both heart and brain health, has high magnesium levels, boosts energy and can even help with weight-loss!
Why choose raw cacao?
It’s best to eat or drink your cacao raw or as unprocessed as possible so that you’re getting the taste without refined sugar or extra fats. Processed and commercial chocolate goes through high temperature processing that damages the delicate antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that occur naturally in cacao. So, if you want the flavour plus the health benefits, go for raw cacao in one of these five forms:
PS. Remember that cacao can be very stimulating, so adjust amounts to suit, and chocolate is toxic for dogs.