Many people say that eating dark chocolate is good for you because it contains a lot of antioxidants. But, the less processed, often bitter tasting raw cacao is even better for you. Grown in the warm climate of Central and South America, among other places like Mexico, cacao beans are the base of chocolates and many dessert dishes. Cacao beans heated at a low temperature are considered raw, and can be purchased whole, in pieces called nibs, or grounded.
Raw cacao can help decrease oxidation of the “bad” cholesterol in our bodies, which helps lower our risk for heart disease. Studies show that the components in cacao may help prevent cancer as well. Check out this infographic to learn more about raw cacao. And then, go make some Raw Avocado Cacao Mousse, Raw Cacao Truffles, or maybe some Raw Cacao Milk.
Here are some amazing recipes made with Raw Cacao!