100% organic raw cacao nibs
(cracked cacao beans) from Peruvian jungle
Cacao nibs are bits of cacao beans that remain after the dried, fermented beans are roasted, cracked, and shelled. Typically, cacao nibs are further processed into the chocolate liquor that ultimately becomes chocolate, though the antioxidant-rich nibs are increasingly available to chefs and home cooks. With their appealing crunch, and a deep flavor reminiscent of coffee beans and chocolate, cacao nibs work well in both sweet and savory recipes.
Our entire cacao derivate comes from the Peruvian jungle. Alaida is a small cacao farmer; her farm is in the middle of the Peruvian jungle, surrounded by the wide and winding Amazon River. She worked very hard during her early childhood at the farm helping her families with the land tasks. Now she sees those years as very far away, because the things are going much better with her cacao farm. Alaida realized that working and living with the cocoa trees could have a development opportunity in order to improve her and her family quality of living. She also understood how much the fair trade makes a difference, so now she promotes environmentally sustainable practices to ensure that the farmer's cultivation techniques are safe for environment and public's health. Now she has her Organic Certification and also works with her customers relying on the philosophy of Fair Trade.
Why Use Cocoa Nibs:
Energy Boost: Cocoa nibs contain a substance called theobromine, a central nervous system stimulant that has a similar, though less powerful, stimulating effect as caffeine. It may give you a healthy energy boost if you're feeling low during the day.
Mood Elevators: Cocoa contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid required for the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Enhanced serotonin levels can quell anxiety and enhance mood. Eating cocoa also helps to release endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Endorphins are what give runners that natural high. Eating cocoa can have a similar effect and may explain why some people become self-proclaimed chocoholics.
PMS Symptoms: Magnesium deficiency is known to aggravate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Forty percent of women admit to chocolate cravings. This may be the body’s attempt to obtain sufficient magnesium levels. Since cocoa nibs are a natural snack without added sugar, they may be a healthier way to satisfy monthly chocolate cravings.
Appetite Control: Cocoa contains chromium an important mineral for stabilizing blood sugar and reducing appetite.
Improve Circulation: Cocoa is a great source of flavanols, powerful antioxidants that play an important role in circulation. Flavanols help to prevent clogged arteries by helping to stop fatty acids from oxidizing in the bloodstream. Flavanols also help make blood platelets less sticky, which reduces the risk of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
Improve Cholesterol Levels. Cocoa contains healthy monounsaturated fats. The same fats found in olive oil. These healthy fats have been shown to raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels.