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Cacao was first consumed by the Olmecs (1500-400 BC) as an energizing beverage to improve stamina and promote longevity. Over time, ancient civilizations like the Mayas and the Incas discovered ways of cultivating cacao where it was recognized as a symbol of abundance. Unlike conventional chocolate today, cacao powder is processed at low temperatures, retaining key nutrients and preserving the true essence of chocolate.
Revered as the 'Food of the Gods' for its natural energizing and wholesome properties, cacao is renowned as one of the world's most powerful superfoods. Preserving its full-bodied flavor and nutritional value, our cacao powder is made from premium organic Criollo cacao beans harvested in the warm, climatic regions of Peru. Criollo beans are one of three variations of cacao, recognizably the purest and rarest beans, hailed for their delectable chocolate flavor and aroma. These prized beans are carefully pressed into a cake-like paste and slowly ground into a fine, delicate powder at low temperatures, unveiling mouth-watering flavor and heavenly aroma.
There are three existing variations of cacao, the Criollo, the Forastero and a hybrid of the two, the Trinitario. Criollo, the rarest and richest variety, is hailed for its unique flavor and aroma, accentuating the true essence of chocolate. Cocoa products are often derived from the Forastero variety for its abundance and convenience, whereas our cacao is only sourced from the highest quality beans from Criollo pods. Criollo beans are composed of a unique flavor profile, lending subtle notes of vanilla and caramel and lacking the bitterness commonly associated with Forastero and Trinitario.
Once harvested, our cacao beans are naturally fermented in the fertile soils of Peru at high elevations, limiting moisture and locking in essential nutrients and freshness. Beans harvested in lower altitudes of the region are typically associated with higher mold content, whereas our cacao is third-party tested for quality control and safety, consistently reporting undetectable levels. Sustainably sourced in accordance with fair trade practices, Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder instantly transforms desserts, smoothies, and other treats into guilt-free chocolatey goodness.
Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder is an abundant source of dietary fiber, shown to promote regularity and help balance blood sugar levels. Dietary recommendations suggest men and women should consume 38 grams and 25 grams of fiber per day, respectively, for the maintenance of good health.
A study published by the American Heart Association compared the flavonoid content of several different foods, including tea, vegetables, fruits and most importantly, decadent cacao. Cacao exhibited almost eight times the antioxidant capacity as black tea, reporting an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) value of 95,500. Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder is unaltered and is free from unwanted additives and fillers, neutralizing free radicals and preserving powerful nutrients within cacao.
Magnesium is an essential mineral promoting a wide array of benefits including, the maintenance of strong bones, relaxation of muscles and assisting with the digestion protein, fat and carbohydrates. Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder is produced at low temperatures, ensuring magnesium levels are kept optimal to help fulfill your dietary needs.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, assisting with the maintenance of lean muscle mass, transport of nutrients, tissue repair and immunity. Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder features naturally occurring tryptophan, an amino acid associated with improved sleep and relaxation. Additionally, tryptophan serves as a precursor to serotonin, known as the 'happy hormone', promoting more positive mood and optimum well-being.
Our cacao powder is a source of dietary fiber and protein, enriching smoothies with essential nutrition while satisfying hunger with every sip. For a healthy chocolate shake, add 1-2 tablespoons of Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder to 1 cup of milk or milk alternative, 1 tablespoon of Viva Naturals Organic Chia Seeds, ½ cup of your fruit of choice, a dash of cinnamon and/or sweetener to taste. To further enhance your shake, add one tablespoon of Viva Naturals Organic Coconut Oil for increased energy and satiety. Perfect as a breakfast shake or snack any time of the day.
Q: What is the difference between cacao and cocoa?
A: Cacao and cocoa, though used interchangeably, have their own unique nutrition, flavor and aromatic profiles. Cocoa is processed at higher temperatures than cacao and is often alkalized. Alkalizing and processing cacao changes its pH value, molecular structure, and contributes to a milder flavor and decreased nutritional value. Our cacao maintains its natural consistency, lending an abundance of nutrients and true chocolate richness in every spoonful.
Q: Is cacao an alternative to coffee?
A: Cacao contains minimal quantities of caffeine, serving as an alternative to coffee however not an equal replacement. For individuals who are sensitive to caffeine, Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder serves an excellent substitute to rev up your mornings, naturally and caffeine crash-free!
Q: Will cacao interfere with my medication?
A: While there are no known interactions with cacao and prescription medication, we always recommend speaking with your healthcare provider.
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What is Cacao?
Revered for its natural energizing and wholesome properties, cacao powder is renowned as one of the world's most powerful superfoods. Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder instantly transforms desserts, smoothies and other treats into guilt-free bliss.
Why Choose Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder
A study published by the American Heart Association compared the flavonoid content of several different foods, including tea, fruits and vegetables. Cacao exhibited almost 8 times the amount of flavonoids as black tea, in addition to surpassing all other foods studied.
Unlike conventional cocoa powder or chocolate, cacao powder is unprocessed and contains no added sugars, retaining its full-bodied nutrition profile. Our cacao powder is produced at low temperatures to ensure an unaltered organic product.
The Viva Naturals Difference
To preserve its flavor and maximum nutritional value, our cacao powder is made from premium organic unroasted cacao beans harvested in the warm, climate regions of Peru. Criollo beans are one of three variations of cacao, recognizably the purest and rarest beans, hailed for their delectable chocolate flavor and aroma. These prized beans are carefully pressed and ground into a cake-like paste and slowly grinded into a fine, delicate powder at low temperatures releasing the flavorful precursors of luscious chocolate. Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder is Non-GMO Project Certified and is sustainably sourced in accordance with fair trade practices.
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