What Is The Difference?
The two come from the same bean it is only the processing that is differen’t…
Cacao is basically the raw version of Cocoa, it is made by cold pressing the beans and removing the oil which keeps all the beneficial enzymes intact and in my opinion it tastes much better, on the flip side you have Cocoa which is made by super heating the beans giving a bitter flavor, changing the molecular structure and making it inferior in regards to nutrition.
The only oil you can heat without changing it’s structure is coconut oil.
What is the nutritional value of Cacao?
Firstly it contains the following minerals; Magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper,sulfur, manganese and potassium.
Then the vitamin content is as following; E, B2, B1, B5, B3, B9 and small amounts of vitamins A and C.
And Arguably the most nutritious aspect of Cacao is it’s extremely high antioxidant content, this is what helps to keep you young and healthy!
It also contains macro nutrients such as fibre,protein, carbohydrates. If you consume in the form of cacao butter then you will get some healthy fats as well.
What do the following nutrients do for you?
#Reduces your risk of, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
#Fights of toxins
#Reduced risk of cancer
#Helps to moisturize skin
#Helps with arthritis
#Improves your mood – Cacao can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being. And the same brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love – phenylethylamine – is found in chocolate. Source
#It is believed to help with depression
#Cacao is a stimulant – don’t consume too soon before going to bed!
What to look for?
Cacao comes in powder form, butter or nibs preferably you want to get organic.
For the powder make sure the powder is not lumpy and should be a deep reddish brown. It is great in smoothies or for making delicious snacks or some homemade chocolate. Try to stick to recipes where you do not have to cook the cacao so that you retain maximum nutrient content.
The nibs are great to be eaten on their own or added to a trail mix. Some recipes even include cacao nibs.
Cacao butter is used for thinning chocolate, coating candy and various other recipes, it also has topical uses….