Often called Cacao beans, seeds, nuts or nibs, Cacao beans are the raw ingredient all chocolate is made from. Originating in Central America, Cacao beans were so revered by ancient cultures they were used as money, so for these people money really did grow on trees!
Cacao may increase the overall vigour of the heart muscle due to its high magnesium content and decrease blood coagulation which in turn lowers blood pressure and helps the heart pump more effectively, reducing the likelihood of blood clots and strokes.
Nutritional Breakdown: Made up of water, protein, fat, carbohydrate, fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C and E and at least 300 other identifiable chemical compounds and possibly up to 1,200 chemical constituents, Cacao is the most complex food substance on earth and cannot be synthesised by man.
Always eat raw for maximum nutritional benefits, many of the beneficial compounds found in Cacao are destroyed upon heating.