Cacao Beans Whole Raw

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  • Theobroma cacao
  • Origin: Peru
Cacao Beans Whole Raw

SKU
cac_br4

Common Name

Standardized: chocolate
Other: cacao

Botanical Name

Theobroma cacao L.
Plant Family: Sterculiaceae

Overview

Cacao beans and nibs have a long and colorful history, beginning in Central and South America before 1500 BC. The entire cacao fruit was used medicinally by the Mayan, Olmec and Aztec civilizations. These early American peoples also enjoyed consuming chocolate as a beverage; each culture adding its own mix of spices and flavorings to the drink. After the Spanish conquest in the 1500's, cacao made its way to Europe and began to spread worldwide.

Parts Used

Raw beans, either whole or broken into nibs.

Typical Preparations

Eaten raw-as is or broken into pieces and added to trail mix. Used abundantly in food and other consumables. Sometimes found in extract form.

Summary

Cacao beans and nibs contain a number of beneficial constituents, but many of these constituents are destroyed or lessened when processed. Health practitioners recommend that anyone interested in eating cacao for its health benefits use raw, unprocessed cacao beans and nibs rather than processed chocolate.

Precautions

Cacao bean contains caffeine and may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and, occasionally, rapid heartbeat. Not recommended for use by children under the age of 18.
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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.