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    Cacao Beans

    Single origin, fairly traded, certified organic Raw Cacao Beans from Satipo in the Peruvian Amazon. Jam packed with antioxidants, magnesium and bliss nutrients that can help keep you young, healthy and happy.
    • 250g -
      $12.91
    • 500g -
      $23.91

    What is it?

    Our Raw Cacao Beans are an original heirloom criollo amazonico Cacao from Satipo in Peru. By buying this Raw Cacao you are supporting a sustainable project that is rescuing this original heirloom variety of Cacao, which has been grown by the Ashaninka and Chene people of the Peruvian Amazon for thousands of years.

    These certified organic indigenous growers use an age old system of permaculture, where the Cacao trees are planted under the native forest canopy, along with other fruit trees, such as mango, avocado and papaya. All of these trees add their distinctive nuances to the fine multi-floral flavor of this exquisite Cacao.

    Raw Cacao Beans are jam packed with antioxidants, magnesium and bliss nutrients that may help keep you young, healthy and happy.

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    • Sugar Free
    • Fair Trade
    • Gluten Free
    • Dairy Free
    • Low GI
    • Vegan
    Ingredients Organic Raw Cacao Beans *Product of Peru

    How to use

    Eat 10 to 15 beans whenever you want to feel energised and happy! Cacao Beans go well in trail mix, especially with Goji Berries, Really Raw Cashews and Incan Berries.

    Try eating them as part of a trail mix first thing in the morning; it gives the ultimate kick start to the day! If you're like us, you might find that you don't need to eat again until mid-day...<.p>

    Health Benefits

    Cacao Beans contain 10 grams of flavonol antioxidants per 100 grams, which is an incredible 10%. Research has also demonstrated that the antioxidants in cacao are highly stable and easily available to human metabolism. In the adjacent table you can see that our Loving Earth Raw Chocolate has more antioxidants than Goji Berries and Acai Berries. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture to measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which normally cause cell and tissue damage. The higher the ORAC score, the higher the level of antioxidants present in the food. Click here to see the Southern Cross University ORAC score for Loving Earth Dark Chocolate (this result shows per g).

    ORAC Scores for top 10 Antioxidant foods per 100g 1) Loving Earth Cacao Powder* 98,000 2) Raw Cacao Nibs** 62,100 3) Loving Earth Raw Dark Chocolate* 27,900 4) Roasted Cocoa Powder 26,000 5) Goji Berries** 25,300 6) Acai Berries** 18,500 7) Dark Chocolate 13,120 8) Prunes 5,770 9) Raisins 2,830 10) Blueberries 2,400 Source: US department of Agriculture * Tested by Southern Cross University ** Tested by Brunswick Laboratories, MA, USA

    Magnesium for the Heart and Brain

    Raw Cacao is the primary dietary source of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in western civilisation. Magnesium is the most important mineral for a healthy functioning heart. It also plays a key role in producing energy for the neurons in the brain from glucose. So when there is an abundance of magnesium the brain works with clarity and focus.

    Mood elevators and Anti-depressants

    Cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine (PEA), four well-studied neurotransmitters, which are associated with feelings of well being and help alleviate depression. Both PEA and Anandamide (the bliss chemical) are found in abundance in the brains of happy people and are particularly released when we are feeling happy. Both of these nuerotransmitters are present in raw cacao in large enough quanitities to affect the brain and lift our moods. Cacao also contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that keep neurotransmitters in the bloodstream for longer without being broken down.

    We have all experienced the positive feelings associated with eating chocolate, now we have access to pure raw unadalterated chocolate in the form of Organic Raw Cacao. This is much more potent than the processed chocolate and doesn't have any sugar or dairy products blocking the positive effects of all the goodies in raw cacao. My experience is that eating 11 Raw Cacao Beans is enough to experience a blissful sense of well being.

    Growing

    Satipo is a region that sits at the edge of the Amazon basin at the base of the Andes mountain range. In this area we work with 4 small producer groups that are grouped under the umbrella association of cacao producers of Satipo that consists of 164 families in total.

    Processing

    We have a great blog which tells you everything you need to know about how we process our beans and our stance on 'raw' chocolate.

     

    Nutrition Information

    Serving Size 10g

     Per ServePer 100g
    Energy24.41kj2441.3kj
    Protein1.28g12.8g
    Fat-total4.35g43.5g
       - saturated2.85g28.57
    Carbohydrate-total3.51g35.1g
       - sugars0g0g
    Sodium7.14mg71.4mg

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    After having suffered severe acne all my teenage years and still suffering just as bad in my mid 30's, 8 weeks on Acai and I can't believe the difference already :-) Apart from dramatic skin improvement, overall I feel great and bonus, I have lost weight. Loving this product, loving this brand! Loving Earth #1

    Rena

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