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Cacao Nibs are simply the natural crumbles that break apart when whole cacao beans are shelled and lightly crushed; they are the purest form of cacao. This crunchy treat leaves you satisfied without any added sugar or fats; chocolate as nature intended!
Cacao contains one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food on the planet, in addition to the essential minerals magnesium and iron. It also has energizing properties which come from theobromine compounds, an alkaloid similar to caffeine that can increase alertness and energy. Cacao is associated with elevated mood and blissfulness because of its natural compounds like anandamide, (nicknamed ‘the bliss chemical’) which promote heightened sensitivity and feelings of euphoria.1
It also contains the essential amino acid tryptophan: a precursor for serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of happiness! Cacao has also been linked to increased cardiovascular health including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
With one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food, cacao extols a long list of benefits. An ounce of raw Cacao has an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score of 17,3952. Antioxidants protect against damage from free radicals. They’re associated with anti-aging, a strong immune system, cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Cacao is one of the best sources of bioavailable magnesium, an essential mineral for supporting metabolism, energy, heart health, and relaxation. Each serving contains 86 mg. Magnesium is one of the most common deficiencies in the world. No wonder people crave chocolate so much!
Theobromine is a natural alkaloid is linked to increased alertness and energy, similar to caffeine but without the crash 3. This compound in found in cacao is associated with a blissful body and mind buzz. It stimulates the nervous system to energize the body while having a calming effect on the brain. It also relaxes smooth muscles which can aid in breathing, lowering blood pressure, and minimizing gastrointestinal problems.
Cacao is highly prized by cultures across the globe for its incredible health benefits. Hailed by Mayan Kings as “Food of the Gods,” cacao contains unique compounds known for its invigorating and uplifting powers, as well as its focus-enhancing and energy-increasing effects.
In ancient Aztec culture, Cacao was exclusively used to make a sacred beverage, ‘Xocoatl.” Cacao is considered a powerful superfood, healing plant by ancient cultures worldwide. It has long been used in ceremonies and rituals, throughout Mesoamerican history. Today, people in many countries continue to hold cacao ceremonies for special celebrations.
Imlak’esh Organics Cacao is sourced from farming cooperatives located in the coastal rainforest regions of the Ecuador. Our Cacao is regeneratively grown at an elevation of 500-1,000 feet, where the air is fresh and the soil is rich. We are committed to cultivating heirloom varieties native to the region, known for superior flavor, aromatics, and contribution to local biodiversity.
Cacao nibs have a rich, chocolatey taste without any unhealthy sugars or processed fats. They are more versatile than commercial chocolate and can be added to fruit smoothies and acai bowls for a satisfying crunch. They are also great in trail mix because of their energy-boosting properties. You can even eat them by the handful for a boost of raw energy!
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