Raw Cacao vs Cocoa vs Chocolate – what’s the difference and why does it matter?

Simply put, Cacao is the raw material or the seed from which Cocoa and Chocolate are made. Cacao grows on trees called Theobroma Cacao trees, the pods of which are harvested and then turned into Cocoa and finally Chocolate through a multi step process.

Cocoa is created after grinding and roasting and chemically adulterating the Cacao and once blended with sugar, milk, cocoa butter and cacao, voila – you get the much loved chocolate we all obsess over.

In a nutshell Cacao is Cocoa or Chocolate in its purest and most unprocessed form. This evidently gives it an edge over it more processed counterparts.

As we all know well enough by now “Natural = Good and Processed = Bad”. The same applies here. The processing journey dilutes all the goodies that are inherent in our power packed friend. A recent study suggested that between 60% and 90% of the original antioxidants in cacao are lost through common “Dutch processing”.

Some of the many benefits of Cacao include:

  1. Super antioxidant properties
  2. Mood booster and natural antidepressant
  3. Reduces anxiety and promotes good sleep
  4. Improves skin, heart and brain health as well as cognitive performance

Raw Cacao is a superfood with astonishing powers that are often overlooked and mostly lost by the time it comes to our table in the form of processed chocolate.

This is why Sacred Cacao is going back to the roots. We bring you high quality, fair trade, locally sourced and pure Bali Cacao, without compromising on the taste or naturally occurring restorative goodness that is intrinsic to Cacao.

We truly believe this is one of the most undervalued superfoods and with Sacred Cacao, we promise to unlock Cacao’s precious potential in the most enjoyable form!


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