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Raw Cacao

Raw Cacao

You've seen the word, now you know how to say it, you know it's good for you, but why? And can a couple of letters make it all that different from its cousin Cocoa? Of course they can!

By definition Cacao is a dried, partly fermented seed from South America

It can be used in so many different ways. Including raw deserts and cakes, smoothies, hot drinks and baked goods (check out the Black Forest cake in The Whole Pantry app). You can also use it to make your very own homemade chocolate!  

The difference between Cacao and Cocoa is clearly not in how it can be used, nor is it in their appearances. It's about what you get from it. Cocoa is the processed, 'played with' version and is often sweetened. Processing, means that most of the health benefits are whisked away into never land, not to be seen again. Cacao, is raw and comes to us in forms closest to nature. Cacao (power), Cacao Nibs and Cacao Butter. The fact that it's dignity remains intact means that every time you eat it, you're filling your body with vitamins, minerals and amazing nutrients.

Here are some of the things you will find in Raw Cacao ... 

Chromium 

Magnesium 

Iron 

Antioxidants

Vitamin A B C E

Calcium 

Omega 6 Fatty acids

Zinc 

You can purchase cacao from your local health food store, online and in some mainstream super markets. As always I recommend Organic wherever possible. 

How do you use Cacao? Or how do you plan to use it? Share your favourite recipes in the comments sections below!

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Kate Caddle

Kate Caddle is a life coach, writer, & intimate event facilitator.

She works with women whose lives look great on paper, but don’t feel so great on the inside. Helping them overcome jealousy, comparison and perfectionism, so they can take back their power, stop playing victim, and show up in their full potential.