Cacao beans are one of nature's most potent antioxidant foods. The foundation of all chocolate products, cacao (ka-kow) beans are found inside the pulp of the cacao fruit. Navitas Naturals Cacao Beans are sourced from Peru where they are naturally fermented to remove bitterness - creating a smooth, rich chocolate flavor.
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Cacao has been celebrated for centuries throughout Mexican, Central and South American cultures due to its delicious taste and exceptional nutritional profile. Aztecs once used cacao beans as currency in ancient times. Several Mayan rituals, festivals and celebrations have been devoted to honoring cacao, and its Latin name translates to ‘Food of the Gods’. Inspired by the aphrodisiac and stimulating effects of cacao, Aztec marriage ceremonies were known to involve the divine fruit.
Cacao beans are the seeds of the tropical cacao fruit. They are about the size of an almond and the taste is rich, creamy and full of cacao's complex flavor notes that range from berry to coffee. Pure cacao beans are an excellent source of nutritious antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can boost your energy levels and may help to keep your immune system functioning at an optimal level.
In addition to being a culinary favorite, the sustainable cacao industry is a good choice for the planet - offering an alternative to destruction of the rainforests by logging. Shade-grown cacao from biodiverse tropical havens creates income for farmers without compromising the natural resources. The tropical trees naturally withstand flooding and drought, demonstrating a safe choice for growers facing climate change. Approximately 70% of the world’s cacao is produced by small landholders who are farming in the center of great biodiversity. These farmers are important stewards of the Earth and helping to empower them has a ripple effect on the health of the planet.
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In warm and humid climates of Peru, often growing along riverbanks, the tropical cacao tree bears large football-shaped fruits called pods that are filled with sweet white pulp and beans.
The Peruvian cacao farmers we partner with are known for their strict organic growing and processing practices. They hand select the beans to ensure the best quality and flavor. Utilizing natural composting and pest control, these farmers carry on the growing traditions that have been successful for over a thousand years. After the raw beans are extracted from the fruit, they are washed with purified water before being partially fermented to remove bitterness. All of our cacao products are tested for micro-contaminants to ensure the cleanest and safest products.
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Navitas Naturals Cacao Beans provide a vast array of vital nutritional benefits. One of nature's highest dietary sources of magnesium, cacao beans are also rich in iron and an excellent source of dietary fiber. They are one of the world's most antioxidant-rich foods. Cacao beans contain potent flavonoids, and powerful alkaloid chemicals including theobromine, phenylethylamine and anandamine.
The naturally dark color of Navitas Naturals Cacao Beans indicates that each bean is an abundant source of antioxidants - some of which have been shown to reduce certain health risks including heart disease and cancer. The high magnesium content in each cacao bean helps promote heart health, and the alkaloid chemicals theobromine, phenylethylamine and anandamine can stimulate healthy brain function and feelings that are similar to being in love!
Cacao is a healthy food, not a miracle drug. Health claims herein have not been reviewed by the FDA. Navitas Naturals products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
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There's no shortage of uses for Navitas Naturals Cacao Beans. These beans are the purest, darkest chocolate available. You can enjoy them right out of the bag, drop them into a blender with your favorite smoothie, or sprinkle them on top of ice cream or yogurt. Cacao beans can be used in a variety of dessert recipes, snacks and treats, too!
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