Cacao Nibs (150g)

Cacao Nibs (150g)

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Cacao is one of nature’s greatest superfoods. The core ingredient in chocolate, when consumed in its raw unprocessed state it is extremely rich in nutrients and health benefits.

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What are Cacao Nibs?

Cacao (pronounced Ca-Cow) is the purest, most natural form of chocolate that has a delicious chocolate flavour without the sweetness of processed chocolate. Since our product is certified organic by both the Irish Organic Association and the European Commission, you know our Cacao Powder has been processed without any nasty pesticides, fumigation or any GMOs, sourced with respect for nature and packed to the brim with goodness!

Our Cacao Nibs come from the cacao bean which grows on the Criollo cacao tree’s in Peru. The bean is carefully and ethically harvested and processed to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients and benefits the cacao bean has to offer, ready to use in loads of different ways. The dried out bean is cracked up into little bits or nibs that are easier to chew and enjoy!  They smell like a giant mug of super-rich hot chocolate, but their taste is more bitter.

It’s important to not confuse cacao with cocoa (or chocolate). Although they are harvested from the same bean on the same tree, the way in which they’re processed makes a massive difference to their nutritional properties.  Our Cacao Nibs are processed at really low temperatures because we find heat destroys the antioxidants and flavanols that are found naturally in the bean. This is the good stuff but it can often give cacao a bitter taste. Cocoa nibs, on the other hand, are roasted to give them that sweeter taste, however losing most of the nutrients.

The antioxidants and flavanols found in cacao are responsible for some of the amazing benefits of the powder. In fact, it contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any known food by far (yes, we’re talking way more than blueberries, goji berries, red wine, or green tea!). The antioxidants have been linked to loads of health benefits including lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol, reducing inflammation, and improving blood flow. Flavanols are a plant-based antioxidant that can reduce tiredness and fatigue, improve heart health, and cognitive function. Flavanols have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can potentially reduce the risk of dementia and slow down ageing. It has also shown potential anti-cancerous properties can help combat symptoms of asthma, diabetes, and depression.

Where do Cacao Nibs come from?

Our Cacao Nibs (pronounced CA-COW) is sourced ethically and organically from the beautiful country of Peru in South America. Cacao comes from the cacao bean which grows on the Criollo cacao tree (this tree is known to produce the best quality source of cacao), an evergreen tree that is native to the tropical regions of South America and the Caribbean Islands. Once the bean is harvested, we allow it to ferment for a few days so that it can develop that lovely chocolate flavour and a nice texture. Once the beans are dried out, we crack it up until the bits are broken up into small little nibs that are ready to be packaged up!

It’s important to not confuse cacao with cocoa. Although they are harvested from the same bean on the same tree, the way in which they’re processed makes a massive difference to their nutritional properties.  Cacao is processed at really low temperatures because we find heat destroys the antioxidants and flavanols that are found naturally in the bean. This is the good stuff but it can often give cacao a bitter taste. On the other hand, cocoa is made from cacao beans that are roasted and processed at a higher temperature (this is known as ‘Dutch processing’). This way, the product is less bitter but has lost a lot of its nutritional value. Many cocoa products can also be found to include extra sugar and flavourings. Our Cacao Butter is naturally sugar free, sodium free, and an excellent source of iron. It’s not hard to see why we at Nua Naturals all agree cacao is the better and healthier option!

Since our product is certified organic by both the Irish Organic Association and the European Commission, you know our Cacao Butter has been processed without any nasty pesticides, fumigation or any GMOs, sourced with respect for nature and packed to the brim with goodness!

Cacao Nibs Benefits

  • It’s full of antioxidants and flavanols!
  • Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any known food by far (yes, we’re talking way more than blueberries, goji berries, red wine, or green tea!).
  • Cacao is one of the richest sources of polyphenols. These are naturally occurring antioxidants that have been linked to loads of health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol, reducing inflammation, and improving blood flow.
  • Flavanols are a plant-based antioxidant that can reduce tiredness and fatigue, improve heart health, and cognitive function. Flavanols also have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It’s good for your teeth and skin (let your inner child celebrate!).
  • It’s promotes good digestive & gut health! Cacao is a natural source of fibre. Fibre is super important because it makes such our digestive system is working properly, our bowels are working regularly, and promotes good gut health. Regular intake of fibre can also aid with weight management because it absorbs nutrients from food and helps us feel fuller for longer!
  • It’s one of the best sources of iron!
  • It can reduce tiredness and fatigue! Magnesium works wonders for our energy levels and nervous system.
  • It’s a fantastic source of protein!

How to use Cacao Nibs

Cacao Nibs are such a handy way to satisfy those cravings quick and easily. As with all natural foods, it is best to start small and work up to the recommended daily dosage. We think that 5-20 grams daily is plenty but this can vary depending on the recipe you use. Cacao Nibs have all their nutritional benefits perfectly preserved so you can easily grab a small handful straight out of the tub and eat them on their own. Otherwise, if you want to get a bit more creative with them have a look at our favourite ways to take them below:

  • Some like it hot! Melt our Cacao Nibs and stir into your favourite hot milk (dairy or plant based – our favourite is oat milk), sweeten with a little vanilla essence or cinnamon to taste for a delicious and healthy hot chocolate;
  • Prefer a cold drink for a hot day? Our Cacao Nibs are perfect to make this Spiced Cacao Cold Brew Coffee.
  • Blend it into your favourite healthy smoothie, shakes or juices to beat those chocolate cravings;
  • Get baking (kind of)! The antioxidants can burn away when the cacao is overly heated so in order to keep all the good stuff in, we recommend no-bake recipes but if you do prefer to bake, our Cacao Nibs are still a fantastic substitute for chocolate chips in cookies, brownies or muffins;
  • Mix it into a granola mixture or cereal to have at the ready for breakfast or lunch over some natural yogurt. Our Cacao Nibs also make a lovely addition to your morning porridge or overnight oats. We absolutely love this paleo, low carb granola recipe!;
  • Make a homemade trail mix to have an on-the-go snack! Simply grab a handful of goji berries, nuts, hemp seeds and our Cacao Nibs to give it a little extra sweetness.

Cacao Nibs Nutritional Information (per 100g)

Energy 578 Kcal / 2420 KJ
Protein 13g
Carbohydrates 18.2g
−         of which sugars 1g
Fat 50.3g
−         of which saturates 34.2g
Fibre 13.4g
Sodium 0g
Potassium 366mg (183% RDA*)
Iron 3.6mg (26% RDA*)

Ingredients:

Our Cacao Nibs are made from 100% Raw Organic Criollo Cacao, sourced with respect for nature from Peru. It has been certified organic by both the Irish Organic Association and the European Commission (you can identify whether or not products are certified organic by finding the logos on the packaging!). This product is also suitable for our vegetarian and vegan customers to consume.

Allergens:

This product may contain traces of nuts.

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