This Mayan superfood is chocolate in its purest form. Cacao is nature's number one weight loss and energy boosting tool. Raw cacao supports heart function and contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world! It helps balance blood sugar and oxygenates the blood. Cacao is extraordinarily rich in magnesiuym, chromium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. It is so rich in these minerals that it could be considered a mineral supplement. Cacao has been shown to improve mood, bone strength, and provides anti-cancer and immune-boosting protection. Studies have shown that cacao makes tryptophan more available to the body, which helps the brain make serotonin, relieving stress, anxiety, and agitation in the brain. Cacao also regulates mood, normalizes appetite and digestion, induces restful sleep, and relieves pain.

Selection Process

Raw cacao contains more antioxidants compared to cocoa powders. Cacao can be purchased in several forms including powder, nibs, and whole beans. According to FDA guidelines, cocoa powder and cacao powder are simply different terms for the same powder, and are nearly interchangeable; however, "cacao powder" specifically refers to raw, unsweetened powder. "Cocoa powder," on the other hand, may still have a very small amount of cocoa butter present to enhance the flavor subtly.

Cacao are in food groups: Beans / Legumes
  • Forms:
  • Raw
  • Powder
  • Nibs
  • Beans

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 tablespoon (28.3 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 120.0

% Daily Value*

Total fat 2.5g 3.8%

Saturated Fat 1.5g 7.5%

Sodium 20.0mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 19.0g 6.3%

Dietary Fiber 7.0g 28.0%

Protein 5.0g

Vitamin A 0.0% Vitamin C 0.0%
Calcium 4.0% Iron 16.0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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