zondag 7 juni 2015

Raw Cocoa Powder versus Raw Cacao Powder

 170g / € 9.00,-

1/ The Grenada Chocolate Company

The Grenada Chocolate Company was founded in 1999 as a co-operative company. They create high quality dark chocolate from local, organic ingredients at their solar powered facility nestled in lush rain forest. Using fine flavour Trinitario cocoa, un-refined sugar and natural vanilla their chocolate is as pure as chocolate should be and encapsulating all the characteristics of its origin. The Grenada Chocolate Company range of chocolate bars are amongst the finest of organic chocolates available with their fruity flavour profile and long lasting finish.

2/ Pacari Premium Organic Chocolate from bean to bar
200g / € 9.00,-

Pacari Chocolate is a line of premium organic chocolate, and the first single-origin organic chocolate entirely made in Ecuador. They carefully select the finest ingredients and work in small batches in order to bring you an unforgettable chocolate experience. All of the ingredients are 100% organic and produced according to fair and equitable standards. Each of a single-region, raw and specialty chocolate products is crafted to maintain the complex flavor profile of the Arriba Nacional cacao bean. Pacari partner directly with small-scale cacao growers to preserve their traditional way of farming, thereby safeguarding the biodiversity of cacao in Ecuador. They undertake a number or sustainability programs for the benefit of the cacao-growing communities with which they work.

Unlike processed dark chocolate, antioxidants are preserved in raw cacao. Benefits from keeping organic chocolate unheated include; much higher levels of the famous chocolate antioxidants (oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol and the polyphenols: catechin and epicatechin) as well as the preservation of vitamin C, phenethylamine (PEA, the feel good neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of love!), Omega 6 fatty acids (which when heated become rancid and cause inflammation), tryptophan (a commonly deficient amino acid in those who consume a diet of mostly cooked food) and serotonin. The cool facts about chocolate in this article reveal how this fun and amazing superfood is actually healthy for you!

It turns out that all the bad things commonly attributed to non-raw chocolate bars, such as cavities, weight gain and diabetes, are actually caused by the dairy, sugar and others fillersadded to the dark chocolate. Health benefits of chocolate when it is in the form of raw cacao beans, butter, nibs and/or the powder include; weight loss (because of its high chromium and coumarin content), prevention of cavities (theobromine actually kills streptococci mutans one of the strains of bacteria that cause tooth decay) and regulation of blood sugar which is beneficial for diabetes (chromium can naturally regulate blood sugar). Also raw cacao benefits the heart and the entire cardiovascular system as a whole.

Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves peristalsis in the bowels and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system. The dark chocolate antioxidants have been clinically proven to literally dissolve plaque built up in the arteries which helps in reversing heart disease and causes naturally lower blood pressure. Also, various other vitamins and minerals in raw cacao benefits the cardiovascular system.