Our Raw, Extra Rich, Organic Heirloom Criollo Cacao Powder (Cocoa Powder) is made by taking the finest raw Heirloom Criollo cacao nibs and cold-pressing some of the oil out. This natural process retains 22% of the cacao butter and results in a rich, flavorful powder packed with powerful nutrients and natural possible mood enhancers. This extra rich cacao powder dissolves easily in liquids making it easy to create smooth, delicious chocolate shakes, fudge, hot chocolate and more. Try Sweetening with our organic agave nectar to create low glycemic, delightful treats. The possibilities are endless for this antioxidant pick me up. See what you are missing and turn your chocolate cravings into super nutrition by rediscovering real chocolate in our Raw Extra Rich Organic Cacao Powder
Cacao contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants on the planet, exceeding that of red wine, green tea and many other exotic fruits and vegetables. Our Raw Heirloom Criollo Extra Rich Organic Cacao powder is a source of the mineral magnesium and recent scientific studies have shown that cacao supports blood flow throughout the body. It has also been shown to be helpful in supporting healthy blood glucose levels. Research from Germany also suggests that cacao may help support youthful and beautiful skin possibly due to the sulfur and flavanols compounds found in this superfood.
Cacao, 'the food of the gods' has been traditionally used for centuries to support healthy energy levels and a healthy mental outlook. With over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, cacao remains one of the most complex and pleasurable foods on the planet. In its raw form, cacao contains anandamide
. By raising the neurotransmitters in our brain, cacao promotes an overall feeling of well being. In essence, raw chocolate may make you happy!
What's the Difference between Cacao and Cocoa?
The official name of the chocolate tree is Theobroma Cacao
. Some experts believe that over time the word "cacao" became Anglicized, and most likely through common error people started calling it "cocoa". Now, with the rebirth of old-style, artisanal chocolate there is a movement to reclaim the beans rightful name: cacao (pronounced Ka-Kow). Today, the two words are often used interchangeably.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Extra Rich Heirloom Criollo Cacao Powder may include:
● May support a healthy mood
● May support healthy blood vessels Dilation
● Supporting the cellular functioning of those cells lining blood vessels
● Super powerful antioxidant
● May support healthy blood flow throughout the body
● Supporting a healthy heart
● May support a healthy inflammation response
● May support healthy digestion
● Stimulating kidney & bowel function
● May support the healing of skin
● Supports a healthy cardiovascular system
● Strong stress reliever
● Supports the relaxation muscles
● May support healthy blood sugars levels
● Maintaining strong bones & teeth
● Containing more magnesium than any other food
● May reduce free radicals throughout the body
● May support the production of healthy breast milk production
● May support healthy lipid levels
●Shown to improve Endothelial function in overweight adults
● Natural source of anandamide, phenethylamine, arginine & 300 other natural compounds
● May support healthy blood pressure levels
● Promoting an overall feeling of euphoria & well being
● Helping to Maintain youthful, beautiful skin, hair, & nails
● Lowering the oxidative stress of strenuous activities - thus helping athletes to recover
Suggested uses: Add 1-2 teaspoons to hot water and sweeten with agave nectar to create a healthy hot chocolate. Add to chocolate recipes, shakes or smoothies.
Botanical Name: Theobroma cacao
Other Names: Cocoa, Chocolate Tree, Koko, Kakaobaum, kakaw, kakao, Heirloom Criollo cacao
Ingredients: Raw Organic Extra Rich Cacao Powder.
Origin: Peru - Certified Organic
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our raw Extra Rich Raw Heirloom Criollo Cacao Powder is made from organically grown Cacao Beans that pass our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers raw Extra Rich Heirloom Criollo Organic Cacao Powder packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Heirloom Criollo Extra Rich Organic raw Cacao Powder in a cool, dark, dry place.
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