- Live Superfoods Cacao Beans, Hand Peeled, Organic, 12 ozPrice: $18.99 Special Price $14.99
- Live Superfoods Cacao Powder, Ecuadorian Organic, 12 ozPrice: $16.99 Special Price $13.59
- Live Superfoods Ecuadorian Cacao Liquor, 12 ozPrice: $9.99 Special Price $5.99
- Live Superfoods Cacao Nibs, Ecuadorian Organic
Starting at $10.99
- Live Superfoods Cacao Nibs, Peruvian Organic
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- Live Superfoods Cacao Powder, Peruvian Organic
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Cacao Superfoods, Cacao Beans and Organic Cacao Nibs
Cacao superfoods differ from cocoa powders in the way they are processed. While the cocoa you purchase at the store is heat processed, the cacao bean is cold pressed. The heat processed cocoa beans will lose its nutritional value while the cold pressed cacao superfoods bean is very healthy for you. It is the same bean with vastly different health values.
Essential Minerals in Cacao include: sulfur, magnesium, copper, calcium, zinc, potassium, manganese, and iron. It is the leading food source of magnesium that most Americans have a deficiency. Manganese aids in bone density, heart health, and blood pressure. Cacaos superfoods are also high in sulfur that aids the skin, detox the liver, and is vital to the pancreas.
Cacao superfoods contain the most antioxidant flavonoids of any food substance tested. Antioxidants regulate blood pressure, heartbeat, lower bad cholesterol and dilate blood vessels that will lower the health risk of stroke and heart issues. Cacao superfoods also repair harm due to free radicals.
Cacao beans have three varieties. The Criollo is the rarest and most expensive bean. The trees are difficult to grow, small, and have a small yield. The Forastero is the most popular and most used in making commercial chocolate. The Trinitario bean is used in high-quality dark chocolate.
Chocolate liquor is made from the meat of the bean known as the nib of the cacao superfoods that is ground and roasted. Chocolate butter is the fat content that is cold pressed from the bean. The fat is in solid form at room temperature. Chocolate powder is made from the grinding the bean, and removing the liquor from the butter Unsweetened chocolate is the 100% chocolate liquor retaining about half of the cocoa butter. Bittersweet chocolate is a recipe of one third cocoa liquor combined with sugar, vanilla, and cocoa butter. Semisweet chocolate is the same recipe as bittersweet except it has added sugar content.