These organic raw cacao nibs are from the best tasting premium criollo variety and are simply the shelled and crushed chocolate beans.
Cacao beans are the seeds of an Amazonian fruiting tree and source of all chocolate and cocoa products. These raw nibs are from the best tasting premium criollo variety and are simply the shelled and crushed chocolate beans.
Cacao is a Mayan Superfood!
The Mexican Mayan kings drank up to 30 pure chocolate drinks a day to maintain their vigour and valued the bean so highly that it was used as money. Theobroma cacao literally means "Food of the Gods". Chocolate has 400 distinct flavour compounds – that's 200% more than any other food !! The exotic flavoured ‘criollo' variety represents only 1% of world production and is usually the highest priced in international commodity markets.
Raw Cacao products are a source of beta-carotene, amino acids (protein), Omega-3 EFA's, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulphur, potassium, and one of the best food sources of muscle relaxing, stress relieving magnesium.
Some common questions...
1. What is the difference between the Nibs and Cacao Crunch?
Nibs are unsweetened and raw – but Cacao Crunch is not considered a raw product as the raw nibs have been rolled in roasted chocolate paste and panela sweetener.
2. How much caffeine does cacao have?
All natural products vary, but it is generally considered to have about 1% caffeine (as compared to tea at 4% and coffee which can be more than 10% !!)
3. So why do I feel so good eating cacao?
Cacao has other naturally occurring phytochemicals like theobromine (considered an aphrodisiac), phenylethylamine (PEA – released when we fall in love), and anandamide (the ‘bliss' chemical).
Potassium content is 870mg per 100g
Magnesium content is 304mg per 100g