Raw cacao is often called a superfood, and it also happens to be the star ingredient of our very first product, CocoGlow Classic. It's actually the inspiration for our company name too!
So, what's the difference between raw cacao powder and cocoa powder?
Raw cacao powder is made from the beans of the cacao tree. They are dried at low temperatures (below 118°F) and ground into a powder. The low-temperature processing preserves more of the natural enzymes and nutrients.
Cocoa powder is made from cacao beans that are roasted at higher temperatures (around 300°F). The roasting process can alter the flavor and nutritional content of the cacao beans.
Now that we know the difference between the two, let's take a look at 5 key health benefits of consuming raw cacao powder:
- Antioxidants: Raw cacao is rich in flavonoids and polyphenols, which act as antioxidants. These compounds help neutralize free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress and lowering the risk of chronic diseases. Bonus: Antioxidants also protect skin against free radical damage and promote cell repair!
- Essential Minerals: Raw cacao is a good source of essential minerals, including magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. These support many bodily functions, including muscle function, energy production, and immune support.
- Mood Elevator: Cacao contains phenethylamine (PEA), serotonin, and anandamide, which are associated with mood enhancement and feelings of happiness, pleasure, & well-being.
- Cognitive Function: Some research indicates that the flavonols in cacao may improve blood flow to the brain and enhance memory and cognitive performance.
- Cardiovascular Benefits: Studies have suggested that the flavonoids in cacao may positively impact cardiovascular health by improving blood flow, reducing blood pressure, and enhancing heart health.
Remember that store-bought cacao products often contain extra ingredients and refined sugars. Opt for pure, unsweetened raw cacao and incorporate it into recipes yourself with natural sweeteners to make the most of its health-promoting properties.
We also recommend trying our CocoGlow Classic elixir. It's a cacao-based herbal blend that incorporates adaptogens, warming spices, and traditional Chinese herbs. It tastes great and is very lightly sweetened with dried dates. So yummy, and so easy to use!