Cacao (Theobroma Cacao) is the seed of the fruit of an Amazonian tree which grows throughout Central and South America. Cacao beans are the source for all Chocolate and Cocoa products.
Theobroma literally means Food of the Gods - so called from the goodness of the seeds and Mexicans named the pounded seeds Chocolate. The Cacao beans were so cherished by Aztecs and Mayans that it was often used as currency.
Today organic, raw Cacao is used by premium Chocolate makers and is gaining in popularity as nutritious raw superfood. Cacao is incredibly rich in Magnesium and is most likely the number 1 source for this essential mineral. Other essential minerals present in Cacao are Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Sulfur, Magnesium and Potassium.
The bean also contains more antioxidant flavanoids than any other food tested - including blueberries, red wine and green tea. In fact studies have shown Cacao to have over twice as many antioxidants as red wine and three times as much as green tea. Cacao contains many chemicals that could enhance physical and mental well-being and some neurotransmitters such as dopamine and anandamide which is the so-called bliss chemical associated with the feeling of being in love. It also contains theobromine which is similar to caffeine in its effect.
Contains Pure raw chocolate nibbles or for adding to drinks or hot chocolate.