Raw Cacao Nibs..

10 Jun

Hi guys! How is everyone doing? I hope you’re fine and dandy ;)

Recently I ordered a bag of Raw cacao nibs from iherb.com.. I saw many bloggers using them and since I consume a lot of chocolate chips in my eats ( But really.. a lot :p ) I thought it would be interesting to try..

When I first dove in and tasted some, my face pretty much looked like this:

But since I’ve used them in some eats, I kinda love them now!!! If you eat them straight out of the bag, they taste really really bitter.. But if you incorporate them in a sweet dish, the bitterness really complements the sweet in the dish..

 

I’ve used my raw cacao nibs in the following dishes so far:

- Cheerios with chocolate protein powder, banana, almond milk and raw cacao nibs spinkled on top

- Whole weat bread with banana and raw cacao nibs ( this tastes amazinghh! )

- Oat bran with raw cacao nibs

- Oat meal with raw cacao nibs

- Chocolate green smoothie with raw cacao nibs

Now what are some of the advantages eating Raw cacao? This article from “HighonHealth” sums it up perfectly:

If you can handle the bitter taste, then these little beans are definitely something awesome to incorporate into your daily diet.

Not only are they absolutely amazingly fantastic for our body, but they contain an unbelievable amount of:

  • Anti-oxidants – way more than any other food, and which are very powerful at healing the skin.
  • Magnesium – more than any other food and which happens to be the number one mineral deficiency in the US.
  • Chromium – again more than any other food and which also happens to be the number one trace mineral deficiency in the US
  • Incredibly high levels of Vitamin C

So if you eat one of these little beans, you are getting a concentrated source of anti-oxidants, magnesium, chromium and vitamin C. More than any other food around and way better than popping a synthetic supplement or pill.

The word ‘cacao’ actually means ‘cocoa’. Apparantly the Brittish couldn’t pronounce the word cacao, so they called it cocoa instead. This food is so special, that a long time ago in Mexico City they even used it as currency. That’s how amazing and valuable the cacao bean was considered to be. Now you can just pick up a giant bag for around US$15. I guess we’re really lucky now how affordable and accessible this food is.

But what exactly are anti-oxidants?

So apart from anti-oxidants protecting us from free-radical damage of the skin, they are really just a measure of the color pigment in a food. So essentially, the darker the color of the food, the more anti-oxidants it contains. You’ll notice in the video when I crack open the cacao bean that it’s a black or deep purplish color. This just shows how many anti-oxidants are present in the bean.

Now blueberries are quite dark too, and they’re often thought of as being fantastic for our skin. But while blueberries contain 32 antioxidants, and wild blueberries contain 61 ..cacao beans contain an unbelievable 621 anti-oxidants!!! That is an insanely high amount. Now you know why I’m putting up with the bitter taste of these little things, because I know how GREAT they are for my skin.

Seems like these little nibs are supah supah healthy! :)

Questions:

- Have you ever tried these little nibs?

- What are your plans for the weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Raw Cacao Nibs..”

  1. VeggieGirl June 10, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    1.) I will only consume them blended in a smoothie. They are pretty bitter on their own, for sure.

    2.) Dancing in a showcase and then practicing for a big upcoming dance competition.

  2. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! June 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    I love them! They are so great on banana softserve! The combo of sweet and bitter plus crunchy an smooth is awesome!

  3. movesnmunchies June 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    wow didnt know they wre so awesome!!!>. i have.. a bit too bitter for my liking tho!

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