Cacao is obtained from the Cacao Tree, which can be used to make Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, and Cocoa Liquor. Cacao is naturally very rich in antioxidants, that are called cocoa flavanols. Antioxidants help to prevent oxidation, which is a chemical chain reaction that can destroy the cells of organisms. Antioxidants fight against free radicals that are produced in your body because of various reasons such as tobacco smoke, unhealthy foods, alcohol, pesticides, and air pollutants. So it is necessary to consume food items that are rich in antioxidants. It is proved that raw cacao is very rich in cocoa flavanols and other antioxidants and thus, using flavanol-rich cacao is beneficial for you.
In this Article :
1. What is Cacao?
Cacao is the rawest form of cocoa. Cacao is extracted from the Cacao Tree and is then sun-dried. Once the sun-drying is done, the Cacao can be processed in Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, Cocoa Liquor, etc.
2. What are Cacao Nibs?
Cacao Nibs are small, crushed pieces of Sun-dried and partially fermented Cacao Beans. These Cacao Beans have a Chocolatey taste to them. The Cacao Nibs are raw and unsweetened.
Flavanols are derivatives of flavans which are naturally occurring compounds, majorly found in cacao, blueberries, tea, and many other fruits. Food items containing flavanols are rich in antioxidants that help your body to prevent oxidation.
4. Cacao vs Cocoa
Cacao is raw, whereas cocoa is highly processed.
Since Cacao is pure and in raw form, it is expensive as compared to cocoa. But Cacao has far more health benefits than cocoa.
The Cocoa is heated at very high temperatures. Most of the essential nutrients and the flavanols which act as antioxidants can be lost in this process. Whereas the Cacao is minimally processed at much lower temperatures.
5. Health Benefits of Cacao Nibs
Cacao Nibs are rich in Flavanols which are antioxidants, thus preventing cell damage.
Cacao Nibs are proved to be mood enhancers.
The nutrients in Cacao Nibs help fight Cardiovascular disease.
It helps to Relieve Depression and Anxiety.
It helps to improve the skin.
Rich in Fiber which helps to control blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Rich Source of Iron and Magnesium
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and minerals. It has heaps of health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke, reducing inflammation, improving brain function, etc.
Dark Chocolate has a higher percentage of cocoa nutrients as compared to Milk Chocolate. Milk Chocolate is made by adding the milk components (powder or condensed milk) to the chocolate as well as sugar in it. Dark Chocolate has fewer calories whereas the sugar added in the Milk Chocolate increases the calories and fats of the chocolate. You can look for Higher Cacao Percentage and Lower Sugar Level Chocolates, to extract the maximum nutritional benefits from Cacao. Dark Chocolates cannot make you fat at all but that totally depends. Any processed chocolate, whether dark or milk chocolate contains sugar, so if you are looking for the true health benefits of cacao, eat raw cacao nibs and consume raw cacao powder. Those have the highest amounts of cocoa flavanols, vitamins, and minerals.
8. Which Cacao Nibs should you buy?
Each and every single parameter has to be taken into account when selecting the best Cacao Nibs. The main and the most important parameters to check while choosing cacao nibs is to make sure that they are organic and of the highest quality. They must be minimally processed and 100% raw.
9. How can you eat Cacao Nibs?
Blend in smoothies.
Add it in brownies and other baked goods to get that crunchiness.
Sprinkle it on top of Oatmeal, Milkshakes, Cereal, ice-cream.
10. Why choose Pure Natural Miracles' Raw Organic Cacao Nibs?
Raw Organic Cacao Nibs by Pure Natural Miracles are premium quality Criollo Cacao Nibs from Peru. They are known for their exquisite aroma, flavor, and taste and are very fresh. It is very rare that you will find pieces of shell in their cacao nibs, unlike the other brands that have a lot of shells.
These are unsweetened and crunchy and are perfect in a trail mix, cereal, oatmeal, smoothies and even in baking.
11. How much Cacao Nibs should you consume daily?
You can consume 1 ounce, which is approximately 2 tablespoons, daily.
A quick and simple Cacao Nibs Recipe:
Vegan Strawberry Smoothie with Pure Natural Miracles Raw Organic Cacao NibsINGREDIENTS:
- 2 cups plain unsweetened nut milk or hemp milk (cashew milk, hemp milk, almond or oat milk)
- 1-1/2 cups organic frozen strawberries
- 2 tablespoons of Pure Natural Miracles’ Raw Organic Cacao Nibs
- 2 teaspoons clover honey
- 2 drops of pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut or fresh coconut meat (optional)
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend for just a minute or two until everything is well blended.
What are some of the basic health benefits of Cacao Nibs?
I can think of a few things off the top of my head. Increased cognitive sharpness. More energy.
Great for adding to your baking and or smoothies.
Why consume Raw Organic Cacao Nibs on a daily basis?
If you are concerned about your health, this is one of the easiest ways you can fight your free radicals simply by “pumping” some antioxidants in your body...works like a charm.
What are some ways to incorporate raw cacao nibs in my diet?
You can easily add these to things that are Sweet… like for instance cereal, or ice cream or a fruit smoothie. You will Love the added benefits.