What is Cacao?
While cocoa comes from the cacao, they are not the exactly the same. Cacao is the tree, while cocoa is the product made from it. Edible parts of cacao pods and the beans inside them can be processed to make cocoa powder, cocoa butter, or chocolate after being dried and fermented.
Benefits of Cacao Powder:
There are a plethora of benefits to be found in Cacao powder and other forms of the plant, like nibs. Here are a few:
40 times the antioxidants of blueberries
Highest plant-based source of iron
Full of magnesium for a healthy heart and brain
More calcium than cow's milk
A natural mood elevator and antidepressant
Add Cacao to Your Shopping List & Try This Simple Recipe:
We are obsessed with this yummy powder at my house. Before bed every night, I make a Cacao Maca Latte before bed, but there are endless other ways to use cacao in your everyday recipes.
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