About Organic Raw Cacao Nibs
Raw and Organic Cacao nibs from Raw Living is chocolate in it's purest form, the whole cacao bean, broken. Cacao is number one for magnesium, it's high in sulphur, the beauty mineral, and loaded with antioxidants.
Cacao turns out to be one of nature's most fantastic superfoods, due to its wide array of unique properties, many of which are destroyed or corrupted by cooking. The cacao bean is what all chocolate is made from. Chocolate bars get a bad press because of all the ingredients cacao solids are usually mixed with - the refined sugars, hydrogenated fats, and dairy products.
Chocolate in its purest form, as the raw cacao bean, has amazing health-giving properties. It is the number one dietary source of magnesium - one reason why many women crave it around the time of menstruation. It is also exceptionally high in sulphur, the 'beauty mineral'. Added to that, it is rich in antioxidants, it's a natural anti-depressant, and an aphrodisiac! In fact, it contains over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, making it one of the most complex foods known to man. So not only does it taste divine, it makes you feel like a god or goddess too!
Cacao is the seed of a fruit of an Amazonian tree that was brought to Central America during or before the time of the Olmecs. Cacao beans were so revered by the Mayans and Aztecs that they used them as money; for example, one fish was worth three cacao beans, or one avocado was worth one cacao bean! In 1753 Carl von Linnaeus, the 18th-century Swedish scientist, thought that cacao was so important that he named the genus and species of this tree himself. He named this tree, Theobroma Cacao, which literally means "cacao, the food of the gods".