Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Cacao VS Cocoa



Cacao, Cocoa - same same but different right? Not quite and here is why...


Cacao
Cocoa
What is?

Cacao is a raw superfood that comes from cacao beans. It is the purest form
Cocoa is cacao, roasted

What nutrients is it high in?
Antioxidants
Magnesium
Iron
Potassium
Zinc
Healthy fats
Fibre
Protein
Less of each nutrient when compared to cacao particularly fibre and healthy fats
Pros
Promotes cardiovascular health
Improves mood
Reduces insulin resistance
Very high source of antioxidants
Excellent source of nutrients
Slightly less health benefit due to heating procedure
Cons
Bitter and rich in flavour
Mostly teamed with high sugar, milk fats, hydrogenated oils and artificial flavourings in products
Most common forms
Powder
Nibs
Butter
Powder


Which one do I pick?
The rawest form of the food is the best option. When making your own hot chocolates, smoothies, protein balls or dessert the raw cacao (organic if you can) is your best option in terms of health, longevity and a fat loss. Majority of cheap cocoa powders are going to be teamed with sugars. When choosing an item premade your cacao is always going to be better – just be sure to check what it is teamed with (hydrogenated oils/ sugars etc.)

Need a healthy chocolate fix? Try our Crunchy Protein Balls recipe



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