Cacao! (Cac-cow) sounds fun right? Well, there is more to this than a fun sounding name.
Cacao, more specifically Cacao beans, originate from the Theobroma cacao tree, It is believed to be native to the regions of Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia. From that point, with the help of early Amerindians (American Indians), the Cacao bean spread across the Andes, and into Central America where it became rooted in the Amerindians diet and culture.
Mixed with corn and spices, Cacao was consumed as a beverage by royalty, warriors, as well as wealthy merchants, while the beans themselves were primarily used as a currency. Now raw Cacao is made from cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans, this process removes the fat (the Cacao butter). Cocoa is similar in appearance, but Cocoa powder is raw cacao but has been roasted at high temperatures.
Benefits of using Cacao include:
- 30 times the antioxidants of most other superfoods this..
- Improves circulation
- Improves cognitive performance
- Increases stamina
- Highest plant-based source of Iron
- Full of magnesium for a healthy heart and brain
- More Calcium than cow’s milk
- Contains other essential nutrients such as…
- Essential fatty acids
- A natural mood elevator and antidepressant
- Boosts levels of Serotonin
- Helps improve brain function
Now when you heat Cacao to such high temperatures (120 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact) to create Cocoa powder, you do lose some of the nutrients and health benefits, which is why products like Cacao Bliss are so essential.
Raw Cacao has been scientifically proven to:
- Keep you satiated so you can better control your appetite
- Better regulate blood sugar, so you can prevent those glucose spikes that leave you feeling exhausted…
- Reduce the number of carbs you absorb
Cacao Bliss isn’t just the Cacao powder… Danette May and the rest of the team at Cacao Bliss set out to make the tastiest Cacao powder on the planet. Cacao Bliss includes Lucuma, which adds a caramel-like flavor and as well as wound healing properties. Mesquite, it’s a sweet & nutty superfood that helps to boost your immune system. Himalayan Salt, enhances the chocolate flavor and contains over 84 minerals while it also counteracts the negative effects of the sodium you consume. Coconut Nectar Power, which is better for your liver than even agave syrup, which has been known as a very healthy alternative to most sweeteners for individuals with diabetes. Cacao Bliss also has Turmeric Root Powder
Lucuma itself has several health benefits such as helps prevent diabetes, helps fight aging, helps build muscles, and can prevent anemia. Mesquite doesn’t just help your immune system, it has the potential to prevent a migraine and headache pain.
All in all Cacao Powder has numerous health benefits and products containing it as their main ingredient like Cacao Bliss have made it that much more accessible for the individual looking to better their health and wellness. What is even better about these products is that they enable you to replace Cocoa Powder in recipes with Cacao Powder to gain all the rich nutrients and still have any delicious treat that contains Cocoa Powder within the recipe.