Organic Raw Cacao Nibs (aka: Food Of The Gods)
Cacao is often referred to as ‘food of the gods’ and used to be reserved for people of importance or those with spiritual duties. This is due to its rich taste and nutritional power, particularly the coveted theobromine. The beauty of these nibs is in their simplicity: raw and natural. These will make you re-think chocolate all together.
Organic Cacao Nibs are fermented at low temperatures and then dried gently in the sun, the careful processing means they never get warmer than 40°C. Regular cacao products are roasted at high temperatures but raw cacao is always processed with controlled fermentation and drying. Keeping the cacao at strictly low temperature preserves the enzymes and nutrients in the beans.
When you roast cacao beans they take on a distinctive roasted flavour which makes for great baking. The gentle roasting process breaks down the phytates in the cacao beans, this makes it preferable to some people. If you are in the roasted cacao camp then try our organic natural cacao powder. We also stock organic raw cacao powder. Whether you choose raw or roasted, neither is alkalized and all our cacao products are organic, GMO free and bursting with flavour.
Cacao is a complex food containing over 300 chemically distinct compounds and is particularly rich in plant poly-phenols. The most beneficial of these plant extracts are called flavonoids which have an antioxidant action in the body.
Most regular chocolate choices have milk, sugar and other additives thrown in to preserve it, so if you like the idea of making your own natural versions then cacao powder is a perfect starting point.
These tasty nibs can be used in gourmet trail mix, sprinkled on porridge or used in raw desserts. They are a source of selenium which contributes to normal function of the thyroid and immune system. They are high in a number of important nutrients including magnesium which is necessary for the reduction of tiredness and fatigue – a great reason to make more cacao based foods!
Allergen Information: Packed on premises that handle gluten, tree nuts, sesame, soya, peanuts.
The Nutritional Benefits of Organic Raw Cacao Nibs
Organic Raw Cacao Nibs are high in Protein, Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.
Protein: Plant based protein is abundant in many whole foods. We all know we need protein because it contributes to a growth in muscle mass but did you know it contributes to the maintenance of normal bones? A full range of amino acids are essential for adults and children.
Fibre: We hear about how important fibre is for our digestion, but it is easy to forget how essential good digestion is to our overall well-being. Did you know that 70% of your immune system resides in your gut?
Magnesium: This wonderful nutrient is often referred to as natures tranquilliser. It is necessary for the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and electrolyte balance. It is also needed for normal nervous system and muscle function.
Iron: It is vital to get enough iron and many whole foods contain high levels of it. Iron contributes to normal cognitive function, immune system function and the reduction of tiredness. It is also needed for energy-yielding metabolism, formation of red blood cells, transportation of oxygen and cell division.
Manganese: This vital nutrient contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, formation of connective tissue and the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
Phosphorus: This abundant mineral contributes to energy-yielding metabolism, function of cell membranes and the maintenance of bones and teeth.
Potassium: This essential nutrient contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system, muscle function and the normal maintenance of blood pressure.
Copper: This trace mineral is needed to protect cells from oxidative stress and for normal function of the immune system. It also contributes to normal connective tissue and functioning of the nervous system.
Zinc: This nutrient contributes to normal function of the immune system, DNA synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, cognitive function, fertility and reproduction, metabolism of fatty acids, protein synthesis as well as the maintenance of bone, hair, skin and nails. It also protects cells from oxidative stress which is so important in a world where our bodies are exposed to so many toxins daily.
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||3.9mg – 21%RI
||1.1mg – 6%RI
||229mg – 57%RI
||64mg – 16%RI
||321mg – 32%RI
||90mg – 9%RI
||750mg – 21%RI
||210mg – 6%RI
||1.8mg – 89%RI
||0.5mg – 25%RI
||1.9mg – 96%RI
||0.5mg – 27%RI
Reference Intake (RI)
The Reference Intake (RI) refers to the recommended daily amount of a specific nutrient. To be considered ‘a source’ of a nutrient the food must contain at least 15% of the RI per 100g. To be considered ‘high in’ a nutrient the food must contain 30% or more of the RI per 100g.
For optimum freshness keep in a cool place away from moisture and direct sunlight. Store in a tightly sealed bag or container in the refrigerator.