Here are some great nutritional benefits from eating this great, ancient ingredient.
Cacao is one of the highest sources of antioxidants. This is the best reason to eat cacao nibs or dark chocolate in general.
Flavonoids come from plants and can be responsible for giving pigmentation and colors to being involved in UV filtration. They are similar to antioxidants in that they have a free radical scavenging capacity. We get flavonoids from fruits, vegetables, teas, wine and a significant amount from cacao. Essentially the antioxidant activity comes from flavanoids.
There is a huge amount of fiber in just a one ounce serving of cacao nibs. 9 grams!
A one ounce serving of cacao nibs has 64 milligrams of magnesium making it one of the best dietary sources of it. Magnesium is starting to be really recognized as a very key element for the body as it is involved in hundreds of functions in the body.
This time in a one ounce serving you are looking at 183 mg of potassium! Potassium is crucial for life, it is key in heart, kidneys and other organs to function properly.
Our RAW Cocoa nibs are made by breaking the cocoa beans into its naturally grown segments which are about 1 to 3 mm in diameter. Cocoa nibs are used in various baking applications and other straight use products.
RAW Cocoa nibs have not been roasted.
Dark chocolate of at least 70% cocoa solids is a true superfood but cacao nibs take it to the next level.
When we use the word ‘Cocoa’ it is usually in reference to the processed, final product. Cacao is how any form of chocolate starts out as the beans come from the Theobroma cacao tree.
Cacao nibs are the least processed and most natural form of chocolate. The lack of processing and sugars do give them a bit of an acquired taste as they have a distinctive bitter but somewhat nutty flavor. They do however have lots of uses as you can add them into smoothies, as a topping on desserts, use in baking or even just snack on right out of the bag.