At Sacred Taste, we believe that operating as a sustainable and ethical wild-crafted cacao company means using the healthiest form of cacao, one that is 100% pure, minimally processed, high-quality, and free from additives and sweeteners.
Raw cacao is considered to be the healthiest form of cacao, as it is minimally processed and retains more of its natural nutrients and antioxidants compared to roasted cacao. Raw cacao is rich in flavanols, which are a type of antioxidant that have been shown to have cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming flavanol-rich cocoa powder for six weeks improved cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and improving blood flow (1).
Raw cacao is also a good source of iron, magnesium, and other important minerals. A study published in the journal Nutrients found that regular consumption of cacao can increase iron levels in the body, especially in people with low iron status (2).
In addition to raw cacao nibs, another healthy form of cacao is natural or raw cacao powder. This powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans, which removes the cacao butter and leaves behind a nutrient-rich powder. Natural cacao powder is rich in antioxidants and minerals, and can be used in a variety of recipes, such as smoothies, baked goods, and hot chocolate.
It's important to note that many commercially available cacao providers products, such as chocolate bars and cocoa mixes, are often heavily processed and contain added sugars, oils, and other ingredients that can diminish their health benefits. When choosing cacao products, look for those that are organic, fair-trade, and minimally processed to ensure that you are getting the most nutrients and health benefits.
As a wild-crafted cacao provider, we believe that raw cacao and natural cacao powder are the healthiest forms of cacao. These minimally processed products are rich in antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients that can support overall health and well-being.
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Hooper L, Kay C, Abdelhamid A, et al. Effects of chocolate, cocoa, and flavan-3-ols on cardiovascular health: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Mar;95(3):740-51.
Di Lorenzo C, Colombo E, Biella S, et al. Effect of dark chocolate on plasma epicatechin levels, DNA resistance to oxidative stress and total antioxidant activity in healthy subjects. Br J Nutr. 2013 Jun;109(12):2196-202.