Incaliving’s Peruvian Raw Cacao
We pride ourselves in providing our customers with the highest quality of superfoods from Peru, that includes our amazing cacao powder and cacao nibs which are 100% raw organic from our finest cacao beans that are carefully picked from the foothills of the Andes. These beans are also sun dried prior to being pulverized for our powder and carefully chopped into bite sizes for our Nibs, which gives them a rich but smooth taste. We only work with local farmers to ensure sustainability, as we love to preserve the land and its treasures.
What is in raw cacao beans?
- 54% Fat (cocoa butter) = 34% Oleic Acid, 33% Steric acid, 26% palmitic acid, 6% other.
- 31% carbohydrates = less 1% sugar, 16% fiber
- 11% Protein= Arginine, Glutamine, Leucine
- 3% Polyphenols= *Flavanols, **Proanthocyanidins
- 1% Minerals= Magnesium, copper, zinc, potassium, iron
*Powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. Diets rich in flavonoid-containing foods are sometimes associated with cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disease prevention
** Also known as condensed tannins are very powerful antioxidants that remove harmful free oxygen radicals from cells. Studies indicate that antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins is 20 times higher than that of vitamin C and 50 times higher than vitamin E.
The nutrients found in raw cacao have been linked to a number of health benefits and has been known to:
Lower blood pressure & improve circulation: Flavanols, theobromine, and other components found in cacao may lower blood pressure and enhance circulation by promoting dilation, strength, and health of blood vessels.
Promoting cardiovascular function & health: The antioxidant power of flavonoids and essential minerals and vitamins found in cacao can support healthy heart functioning by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing plaque buildup on artery walls.
Neutralizing free radicals: High levels of antioxidants protect the body from a buildup of free radicals from sun exposure, pollution, cigarette smoking, etc., which may damage healthy body tissue giving rise to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Our bodies need antioxidants to ‘mop up’ free radicals that can damage our cells. Scientists from Cornell University recently discovered that raw cacao powder contains nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine, and up to three times the antioxidants found in green tea.
Improving digestion: A sufficient amount of fiber delivered with each serving of cacao supports digestion while cacao stimulates the body’s production of digestive enzymes.
Enhancing physical and mental well-being: There are many components of cacao including alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic, lipase, lysine, and theobromine, that all work together to improve physical and mental health. For example, theombromine helps to stimulate the central nervous system, relax smooth muscles, and dilate blood vessels, giving the body a boost of energy; “bliss” chemicals found in cacao help to increase circulation and availability of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in brain, improving mood and combating depression.
Suppress Appetite: Raw chocolate actually has appetite-suppressant properties and often added to weight loss products to help control hunger! Simply enjoy a couple of our nibs or add half a teaspoon of our raw cacao powder to a teacup of tepid water 10 minutes before a meal for a delicious, natural way to reduce your appetite.
Aphrodisiac: Chocolate has long been the food for lovers and is a symbol of sensuality and sexuality. Incas often gave gifts of raw cacao as wedding presents and was believed to be the food of the heart.
Feel a sense of well-being: recent research has discovered that cacao contains chemicals (such as Phenylethylamine* and Serotonine) which are scientifically proven to be present in the brains of people when they are happy, more relaxed, playful and creative.
*Phenylethylamine is a slight antidepressant and stimulant similar to the body’s own dopamine and adrenaline.