When you need Verified RAW ingredients, accept only this artisanal Balinese cacao powder. Sun- dried and pressed using cutting-edge low-temperature technology, it’s the world’s first Verified RAW cacao powder. No one else can prove they have a genuine RAW cacao powder. We traveled to Bali to film every phase of production, from farm to extraction point, and verified process temperatures at each stage for you.
Revered by ancient cultures as the food of the gods, Cacao Beans were once traded as currency. We now know that Cacao products – and especially Raw Cacao Powder - are a treasure-trove of antioxidants and mood-boosting phytochemicals.
Cacao Powder is made by cold-pressing cacao butter from the beans, cutting down on fat calories while still giving you all of cacao's vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.
This stimulating, nutritious powder is perfect in all your recipes: hot chocolate, fudge, cookies, cakes, and raw desserts!
• The world's first TRULY RAW cacao powder
• Totally Unique Flavor Profile, due to source material and processing: Astringent, Chocolatey, Grassy, with fruity hints of vanilla, nutmeg, banana, and clove.
• Unique Variety: Made from Single origin organic wild Balinese cacao, descended from the prized Criollo variety.
• A noticeably RAW-tasting product that gives you amazing energy.
• Most Transparent Cacao: Traceable, transparent supply chain from farm to processing to you ensures purity, RAW status, and social benefits.
• Possibly one of the world’s most powerful health foods, incredibly rich in antioxidants.
• Beyond Fair Trade: Empowering 3,000+ sustainable organic cacao farmers in Bali with a ground- breaking organic, beyond fair trade cooperative facility for value-added processing, increasing farmers' incomes over 30%!
• Beyond Sustainable: Wild-harvested in the truly sustainable, biodiverse food-forests of Bali.
• Incredible Nutritional Profile: 87,800 ORAC score per 100 grams.
• Rich in Mental-Sharpeners: Magnesium and Epicatechin
• Source of Natural Mood-Boosters: Theobromine and Anandamide
• Top source of magnesium, which balances brain chemistry, is associated with elevated levels of happiness, and is crucial for heart and muscle function, healthy elimination, strong bones.
• High in the mineral sulfur; sulfur builds strong nails, hair, shiny skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas functioning.
• Healthy fat content around 12%
Usage Notes : This fine-milled, nutrient-rich, RAW Cacao powder is perfect in smoothies, hot chocolates, raw desserts and fudges, and manufactured products like energy bars and artisan RAW chocolates.Product Overview
The Essential Living Foods Difference
Other suppliers CLAIM their product is RAW, but we have actually verified the temperatures of our process with video evidence. Every single cacao bean used to produce this powder is grown by a cooperative of over 3,000 small farmers in Bali, who wild-harvest cacao pods from their own certified Organic food-forests. Produced with safety in mind at every step, cacao beans from freshly split pods are fermented under control at 104 F and then washed in potable water before being solar-dried and pressed in custom equipment that never exceeds 118 F.
When we first pioneered RAW chocolate 10 years ago, our primary concern was microbial purity. Traditionally, since the cacao destined for chocolate production is cooked and heavily processed, fresh cacao beans were fermented in the open jungle, with little concern for purity. For this reason, when we pioneered RAW cacao, we had to develop pristine fermentation techniques and facilities. The explosive popularity of RAW cacao led to many copycats selling cacao that was contaminated with mold, yeast, and bacteria. As always, we use careful processing and lab testing to guarantee that our cacao is 100% free of pathogens like E. coli, staph, and salmonella.
Unlike other “raw” cacao powders made by large processors with high-heat filter presses and high- friction screw grinders, our RAW cacao nibs are cold-pressed in small batches on proprietary equipment developed specifically for Verified RAW (under 118°F) low-temperature processing. Cacao beans from freshly split pods are fermented under control at 40°C / 104°F and then washed in potable water before being solar-dried. The beans are hand-pounded to create nibs, and the nibs are packed into a cutting-edge RAW cacao butter/powder expeller, designed and built specifically to keep temperatures under 118°F. After pressing the butter from the nibs, the concentrated cake left behind is low in fat (about 10%), but not as low as other powders. Why? Because it takes heat to get all the oil out. The cacao cake is cold-milled to a powder and then fine sieved for use as cacao powder. Never touched by high heat, never contaminated by clarifying chemicals or solvents and never force filtered, it retains high levels of nutrients and antioxidants. Prior to final packing, every lot of cacao is tested at an independent lab for a full microbial analysis.
Nutrition: Contents & Benefits
You've heard about the amazing health benefits of dark chocolate. Study after study is revealing that chocolate is an incredible source of very specific antioxidants that support human health in everything from cardiovascular function to brain function and longevity. It's also loaded with vital minerals, healthy fats, and mood-boosting phytochemicals.
Given the fact that heat degrades antioxidants, you know that RAW cacao will have even more antioxidants than regular dark chocolate. Then consider the fact that cacao powder is a pure, concentrated form of cacao, with the cacao butter removed, and you can see why 100 grams of this cacao scores 87,800 on the ORAC scale of antioxidant potency. Cacao has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates, and goji berries combined!
In addition to its functional antioxidants, cacao provides crucial minerals for healthy brain, bones, joints, blood, and more—particularly magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, and copper.
Magnesium: Cacao may be the richest food source of magnesium on earth. Magnesium is an alkaline mineral that balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and has been linked to increased happiness and improved mood. Unfortunately, more than 80% of Americans suffer from magnesium deficiency!
Iron: Just one ounce of cacao supplies three times the US RDA of iron. Iron is a crucial component of the cardiovascular system, allowing red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs to every single cell in the body. Iron is also a crucial component in the body's manufacturing of enzymes and is used as an intracellular energy transporter.
Zinc: Zinc is vital to a healthy immune system, liver, pancreas, and skin, and it is crucial in sexual development, fertility, and cell growth. It is also a central building block in hundreds of enzymes throughout the body.
Sulfur: Cacao is rich in sulfur, which builds strong nails, hair and shiny skin.
In addition to these vital nutrients, cacao also supplies a variety of mood-boosting phytochemicals that make it perfect for everything from increasing energy levels to improving overall sense of well-being.
Theobromine: Cacao contains about 1% theobromine by weight. Theobromine is also found in tea, and is similar to caffeine, but much smoother, increasing vasodilation throughout the cardiovascular system. In the actual cacao bean, theobromine plays a role as an anti-bacterial shield.
Tryptophan: This essential amino acid is the precursor to the important neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin, leading to feelings of relaxation after consumption. Since tryptophan often breaks down when heated, RAW cacao is likely a much better source of tryptophan.
Anandamide: "Ananda" means bliss, and anandamide is the body's own bliss molecule, responsible for the infamous "runner's high" (not, in fact, endorphins). Not only does cacao contain anandamide, it also contains an enzyme inhibitor that slows the breakdown of anandamide, keeping it flowing through body and brain for much longer, increasing endurance and feelings of well-being.
Phenethylamine: Commonly known as the "love drug," Phenethylamine (PEA) is one of many chemicals associated with feelings of love, excitement, focus and attention (perhaps explaining the connection of chocolate and romance).
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, nor is this information meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or
prevent any disease.