Cacao is the bean that comes from the cacao tree.
Cacao refers to the raw form of chocolate, including the tree and bean. Raw cacao powder is not roasted, relatively unprocessed, and contains no sugar or cocoa butter.
The beans are harvested, fermented and dried, then cleaned and roasted, after which point the products are often referred to as cocoa.
It means cocoa is cacao bean that have been processed
|broken cacao fruit (cacao pod)|
|fresh cacao seed|
Per 100 grams:
- Raw cacao powder has an ORAC value of 95,500
- Raw cacao nibs have an ORAC value of 62,100
- Roasted cocoa powder as an ORAC value of 26,000
Raw cacao powder therefore has significantly more antioxidant power.
Raw cacao is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, fiber, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and sulfur.
Roasted process will relieve much of its nutritional benefits.
|Dried cacao bean|
|selected cacao bean|
Raw cacao is believed containing of antioxidant flavanoids, sulfur and magnesium.
The essential fatty acids may help the body to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol.
Raw cacao (without added sugar or dairy products) will reduce risk of cancer and the amount of free radicals in the body.
|Chocolate egg roll, biscuit and soft cake|
What would you choose, cacao or cocoa?
Both of them have a lot of benefit.
So... the choice is up to you.
Certainly, you get the benefit from the cacao or cocoa.
This is the last post of 'cacao talk' series, don't miss the next monthly series about other commodity.
Have a wonderful day with cacao or cocoa.