Our Organic Cacao Butter comes to you straight from South American, where the Aztecs and Mayans have been cultivated cacao trees for thousands of years. Enjoy the health benefits of our Organic Cacao Butter whether you are enjoying it in a favorite dessert of using it as an indulgent skin moisturizer. Our Organic Cacao Butter is chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and is minimally processed, vegan, and raw.
Cacao Butter – A Delicious Source of Heart-Healthy Fat
The cacao bean is a nutritional powerhouse, supplying our bodies with an army of antioxidants that help to fight disease, promote a “feel good” sensation, and deliver essential minerals that help us to radiate. One of the critical parts of the cacao bean’s success as a superfood is the presence of cacao “butter,” an essential fat that is a source of beneficial high oleic acid. This monounsaturated fat is like the fat found in olive oil, a healthy fat that raises good cholesterol and reduces appetite. Our Organic Cacao Butter makes a great source of heart-healthy fat for decadent whipped desserts, raw chocolates, and creamy beverages. Try it on your skin as a moisturizer for natural protection from environmental toxins and the elements.
Powder, Paste, Butter, Nibs, Beans - What's the Difference?
- Cacao beans are the actual beans, extracted from the pod. They are in their whole, original, unprocessed form.
- Cacao nibs are cacao beans that have been broken into smaller pieces, making them easier to chew and enjoy.
- Cacao paste is made by taking the cacao beans, in their whole form, and grinding them into a liquid, commonly called cacao liquor. This liquid is then dried, resulting in cacao paste.
- Cacao butter is the fat, extracted from cacao bean.
- Cacao powder is what remains of the cacao liquor after extracting the fat.
Cacao – The Food of the Gods
Cacao is simply raw chocolate, straight from the cacao bean. Its scientific name, Theobroma, literally means “Food of the Gods,” and this superfood was thought by the Aztecs to be of divine origin. The cacao tree, which is cultivated in Mexico and South America, produces a food that is packed with so many healing and nutritive properties that the Mayans placed incredibly high value on the food and used the bean for currency. A favorite Mayan way to enjoy cacao was to make a traditional drink, called Chocolatl, which was a mixed with a little vanilla and other flavorings.
It wasn’t until the early 15th century that Christopher Columbus brought the health and restorative benefits of the cacao bean to Europe. In 1519, Cortez introduced cacao to the upper class in Spain and the bean rose in popularity as a cure for many illnesses. During the 18th century, chocolate houses began to pop up in London, and the spread of cacao as a revered food is history. Today, cacao is planted worldwide and people around the globe associate chocolate with “feeling good.” The name cacao was thought to be Anglicized at some point and turned into the more common pronunciation of “cocoa.” Now, the two words are often used interchangeably.
Cacao – The Ultimate Superfood
Pure, unprocessed cacao contains more antioxidant flavonoids than blueberries, black and green teas, and red wine. When close to its natural state, the cacao beans, nibs, powder, and butter harness a powerhouse of nutrients that have been said to help lower cardiovascular disease and reduce stress.
Chocolate has often been referred to as a “guilty pleasure,” or a “junk” food. But these labels only apply to the many commercial varieties of chocolate that are sold on the market. Much of the chocolate manufactured today is mixed with varying degrees of sugar, milk, and other additives, and may in fact contain little “pure” chocolate at all.
Our cacao butter comes to you in a raw form, retaining all of the benefits from the original cacao bean. Cacao is the best source of antioxidants on the planet, having the ability to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk of stroke. Consuming pure cacao promotes good cardio health, helps dilate blood vessels, regulates blood pressure, and reduces risk of heart attack.
Studies show that cacao contains neurotransmitters, which increase levels of specific chemicals in our brain that promote positive outlook, facilitate overall rejuvenation, and help to elevate mood. Eating cacao causes a release of endorphins that give a pleasurable sensation that can reduce depression, heighten mental clarity, and provide a general feeling of well-being.
Raw cacao is one of the best dietary sources of magnesium, which balances brain chemistry and helps build strong bones. It is also packed with calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, manganese, and sulfur, a mineral that promotes healthy skin and aids in liver detoxification.
Harvesting Raw Cacao
Our cacao is harvested much in the same manner as the Aztecs did thousands of years ago. Handpicked cacao pods are allowed to ripen for 5-6 months on trees in South America. After the pods are harvested, they are washed with purified water to cleanse, gently cut open, and the cacao beans are extracted. The beans are then naturally fermented for several days, during which a chemical change takes place reducing the bitterness of the bean and releasing a rich, delicate flavor that is evident in all our cacao products. The raw chocolate is cold-pressed and the cacao butter is separated. This carefully monitored process results in a variety of wonderful ingredients along the way, delivering the finest cacao nibs, powder, and butter available.
If cared for properly, our Organic Cacao Butter has a shelf life of up to one year. To preserve the freshness of this product:
- Avoid exposure to heat. The powder will remain fresh if stored at room temperature or below.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
- Squeeze all of the air out of the bag before sealing.
- Seal the bag tightly after each use.
- Store the powder in a dry place, and avoid all contact with moisture.
We package all of our superfood powders in all-natural brown kraft bags, each with a resealable zipper across the top. Each bag has a thin metal lining, which serves as a very effective barrier to light, oxygen, odors, flavors, moisture, and bacteria.
While printed plastic bags with clear windows may look beautiful, studies have shown that the toxins contained in the plastic are absorbed by food that is in direct contact with the plastic. Foods that are raw and all-natural, like superfood powders, are even more susceptible to this type of contamination than processed foods.
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The recommended daily usage is 1 Tablespoon.
As with all superfood powders, listen to your body, as you may find that either a smaller or higher intake is more suitable to your body. We recommend that you start with the recommended daily amount, and, if desired, gradually increase or decrease your daily consumption.
This powder blends well with juice, rice or soy milk, and yogurt, or can be added to your favorite smoothie. It can also be mixed into your homemade energy bars. While you can add this powder to a variety of recipes, raw food enthusiasts avoid cooking or heating in order to preserve the food's nutritional value.