About Cacao Powder
Raw cacao powder is essentially chocolate at its purest form. It’s straight out of the cacao pod, right from the bean, unroasted and – relatively – unprocessed. It is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans, which is said to keep most of the nutritional value intact.
Unlike cacao, which is made from raw cocoa beans, cocoa powder, is made from roasted beans (often at high temperature and sometimes processed with alkali to make it less acidic).
Cacao is antioxidant-packed: Twice the antioxidants of red wine and three times that of green tea, raw cacao powder is exceptionally high in flavonoids (antioxidant activity). The flavonoids in raw cacao have been linked with heart health benefits, including increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering blood pressure.
It’s high in magnesium: Raw cacao is one of the best plant-based food sources of magnesium. Magnesium is essential for many biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.
It’s sulfur-rich: The sulfur found in cacao may help ease the effects of several skin disorders, including acne, psoriasis, warts, dandruff and eczema. It is also associated with strong nails, shiny hair and overall liver and pancreatic health.
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