With such a staggering amount of documented evidence and science today supporting the health benefits of cacao, or what some refer to as “dark chocolate”, it is getting easier for all of us to start embracing cacao as medicine, and food as medicine.
In fact, in the raw food and superfood community, cacao almost consistently takes centre stage as THE ULTIMATE health food.
Apart from being regarded as not just a health food, elixir, tonic and medicine, cacao has been highly revered as a sacred and divine food with undeniable evidence preserved from the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec civilisations.
The vast array of natural medicine offered by the dense Amazon rainforest – its plethora of healing botany, is represented by cacao – studied to be the MOST pharmacologically complex food source in the known Amazon jungle, containing an estimated 1,200 individual chemical constituents. It is simply impossible to mimic the effects of cacao artificially and synthetically!
“There was in those days a body of opinion which regarded tea and coffee as harmful and favoured cacao. And I was convinced that one should eat only articles that sustained the body, I gave up tea and coffee as a rule and substituted cacao.”
Why is WOW Superfoods’ cacao powder different?
Firstly, WOW Superfoods’ cacao powder is produced using unroasted cacao beans (unlike all traditional manufacturers!). The beans are ground up, before removing and extracting the pure oil or fat i.e. the cacao butter through cold-processing. Our cacao powder retains more fat content then regular ones, which makes it more beneficial, creamier, and silkier – and just simply a blast to use in recipes!
The powder, compared to the whole bean and cacao paste which is where we INSIST everyone should start from, loses a little of the WHOLE profile offered by our cacao paste. However, the powder contains more protein and antioxidants per unit weight. We would recommend using cacao powder in recipes which call for it, especially in blends.
Note that before this process, our cacao beans are minimally fermented for 2-4 days on cane covered in banana leaves and purely sundried to eradicate mycotoxins and prevent their buildup.
Our raw cacao powder does not bring excess heatiness to the body unless it has undergone high temperature processing as in conventional chocolate.
“There’s more to life than chocolate, but not right now.”
Here are more exceptional reasons why we are so in love with our cacao powder:
- It is the of the rare variety that contains more of the psychoactive content as the ceremonial grade cacao used in ancient civilisations!
- Wild Grown, Non-GMO, 100% Raw, Heirloom Variety (Non-Hybrid), Certified Organic, Kosher & Fair Trade
- Guaranteed purity by selecting pods by hand and harvested only when fully mature and ripe – discarding “mouldy” or “anything less than best” picks, and NEVER procuring from other third parties to make up our supply – if we are out, we are out!
- Most highly prized national variety comprising less than 1% of the worldwide cacao supply
- Grown in high elevation volcanic soil brought down from mountaineous regions by donkey back
- The selected cacao trees are a minimum of 30 years old, whilst some have grown for more than 80 years
- Completely free of mycotoxins, mold, yeast and fungus that can cause jitteriness, allergies, migraines and more
- Only nourished from rain water or deep mountain spring water – the cacao trees which our cacao is harvested from are never irrigated from potentially contaminated rivers and streams
- Processed in own state-of-art facility on custom artisan equipment that ONLY processes our cacao
- Beans are always sun-dried and never gas dried
- Remains 100% raw from start to finish
- Through connoisseur analysis of crunch, transformations of flavour i.e. three to five flavour elements, possess overall taste of being cooling, subtly dry, fatty with natural sweetness, slightly bitter with low astringency, low vinegar sensations with a very slight, distant, waxy texture, this cacao is certified top grade
- Hence it is the true cacao that possesses all the benefits espoused by the ancient civilisations for tryptamine activation, pineal gland expansion, entheogenic experiences, euphoria, deep meditation, etc.
- All regular “chocolates” are from inferior varieties of cacao, cultivated and harvested poorly, go through industrial level processing and mixed with preservatives like Potassium Sorbate, and have the nutritional content and benefits destroyed (even top brands like Varlhona, i.e. single origin are produced for taste only)