Cacao Butter

7.95 inc. VAT

Extracted from the cold pressed cacao bean, our pure cacao butter possesses a smooth creamy texture lending itself perfectly to the creation of raw chocolate and desserts. Cacao butter remains solid at room temperature but melts at body temperature, making it an excellent oil for the skin.

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What is Cacao Butter?

Our Cacao Butter (pronounced Ca-Cow) comes from the cacao bean which grows on the Theobroma 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 in powder form ready to use in loads of different ways. Cacao Butter can be used to make raw chocolate, and desserts that are healthy and suitable for vegans. Cacao butter remains solid at room temperature but melts at body temperature, making it an excellent oil for the skin. Cacao butter is a really popular ingredient in skincare products you might buy in the shops but it’s easy to include in homemade moisturisers. It’s super absorbing so you can apply it straight from the packet onto your skin.  Alternatively, you can add a spoonful of it into a hot bath to soak your skin in its goodness.

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 aging. It has also shown potential anti-cancerous properties can help combat symptoms of asthma, diabetes, and depression.

Our Cacao Butter is made from 100% organic Theobroma 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.

Where does Cacao Butter come from?

Our Cacao Butter (pronounced CA-COW) is sourced ethically and organically from the beautiful country of Peru in South America. Cacao butter comes from the cacao bean which grows on the Theobroma cacao tree (also called the cacao tree or cocoa tree), an evergreen tree that is native to the tropical regions of Mesoamerica. 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. Then the beans are dried out and carefully cold pressed so that we can preserve the nutrients and extract the butter (the fatty part of the bean). The result is a beautiful (stable) pale yellow butter with a mild chocolate taste and aroma. Cacao Butter is also known as theobroma oil.

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!

  • 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 have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can potentially reduce the risk of dementia and slow down ageing.
  • It’s good for your teeth and skin (let your inner child celebrate!). Cacao has antibacterial, anti-enzymatic, and immune-stimulating compounds that contribute to improving oral health. Raw cacao powder can promote healthy teeth by fighting the bacteria that causes cavities (who knew?!). Our skin loves antioxidants and we know cacao has plenty of them! Polyphenols help to improve blood circulation, texture and hydration of our skin – making it soft and glowing. On top of that, the antioxidant properties in cacao help to protect out skin form the sun, boost the production of collagen, and increase cell healing which are counteract signs of ageing!
  • It can improve your mood and help with symptoms of depression and anxiety. It’s no secret, chocolate makes everything better. Did you know the reason we perk up eating chocolate is because of the cacao content? Raw cacao is a source of tryptophan, an amino acid that creates niacin. Niacin is a vitamin that works to the neurotransmitter serotonin, and serotonin is the chemical that stimulates happiness and enjoyment! Serotonin is critically important to stabilising our moods and making our moods better. Those who suffer with depression and/or anxiety often lack serotonin in their systems so consuming foods that stimulate the creation of serotonin help those to combat symptoms of depression such as low mood, lack of appetite and tiredness. Studies show that eating cacao in any form can contribute to reducing stress levels and improving calmness. Cacao also contains endorphins, phenylethylamines, magnesium, and potassium, all of which contribute to positive and enhanced mood. So, it’s not just an internalised idea that cacao or chocolate makes us happy, it’s a scientific fact!
  • It can reduce tiredness and fatigue! Magnesium works wonders for our energy levels and nervous system. It stimulates over 350 enzyme reactions in our bodies that help our nervous system, turn glucose into energy, and vitalise our metabolism. Consuming foods or supplements with magnesium is a natural and easy way to reduce fatigue and tiredness. So, the next time you find yourself craving chocolate during that 3pm slump, try reaching for cacao instead as a healthy and effective alternative! Magnesium can also contribute to healthy heart function, mental cognition, and bones and teeth, so there’s no downside!
  • It’s one of the best sources of iron! Did you know that the cacao bean boasts the highest plant-based source of iron known to man? Well, now you do! The iron found in cacao is non-heme iron which means it’s harder to be absorbed into the body than heme iron. However, you can boost the intake of iron by teaming it with a source of Vitamin C (some orange juice or maybe a citrus fruit). This means cacao is one of the best sources of iron for anyone on a plant-based/vegan diet or anyone who is looking for a potent and effective source of iron.
  • It can improve brain function! This is down to those fantastic antioxidants and flavanols that are found naturally in the cacao bean. The nitric oxide that flavanols help to produce relax the muscles of our blood vessels that improve our blood flow, especially to the brain. Healthy blood flow to the brain mean that our brain can continue to function to repair nerve and brain tissue, improve cognition, and prevent neurodegenerative diseases that are age related.
  • It has anti-cancerous properties! The antioxidants and flavanols found in cacao protect our cells against damage and invasion, fight inflammation, and inhibit cancerous cell growth. They also prevent the spread of cancer cells and induces cancer cell death. There have been studies undertaken with humans that show cacao has a positive effect on cancer cells and may potentially play a factor in preventing cancer.
  • It may improve cholesterol! Cacao powder has been found to reduce LDL cholesterol in our bodies. LDL (low-density lipoproteins) are the “bad” cholesterol that cause a build-up of cholesterol in your arteries. As well as that, cacao has blood thinning properties that can reduce inflammation and improve blood sugars.
  • It can reduce high blood pressure and lower the risk of heart attack! Our circulatory system has the job of transporting nutrients, oxygen, and water to every single cell in our body through a complex network of blood vessels, arteries, and capillaries. In order to keep our heart, brain, immune stem, digestive system, and organs working properly, we need a healthy blood flow in our bodies. There have been various studies on the effects of cacao on subjects and they all conclude that cacao is effective in lowering blood pressure. The flavanols found in cacao powder improve the nitric oxide levels in our blood which works to relax and dilate our arteries and blood vessels. This is a natural way to improve our blood flow, and reduce blood pressure. What’s more, it takes some of the pressure off our hearts and keeps our bodies (and heart) healthy.
  • 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 can help with symptoms of asthma: Cacao is a natural source of theophylline and theobromine. These are anti-asthmatic compounds that are often used to treat respiratory illnesses such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and asthma. Theophylline is an anti-inflammatory that helps our lungs to dilate and our airways to relax. Regular use can reduce wheezing and shortness of breath. Theobromine is a stimulant that works like caffeine but while caffeine stimulates the nervous system, theobromine relaxes our muscles. Cacao only contains a little amount of theobromine which is perfect because our bodies break it down very slowly and taking too much in a short period of time can be harmful to our systems.

Cacao Butter is an excellent form of cacao extract that can be used in almost any way smooth spreads can be. Here are some of the team’s favourite ways to melt it, bake it, and spread it.

  • Make your own chocolate! Extracted from the cold pressed cacao bean, our pure cacao butter possesses a smooth creamy texture lending itself perfectly to the creation of rich, raw chocolate that melts in your mouth. You can use our Cacao Butter to make dark, milk, and/or white chocolate.
  • Combine it with our Cacao Powder and our Cacao Nibs for excellent baking ingredients! Our Cacao Butter is 100% organic and suitable for vegans so it’s a brilliant substitute for butter in vegan/plant-based diets.
  • It’s perfect for using to make smoothies, milkshakes, and ice-cream!
  • Use it on your skin! Cacao butter remains solid at room temperature but melts at body temperature, making it an excellent oil for the skin. Cacao butter is a really popular ingredient in skincare products you might buy in the ship but it’s easy to include in homemade moisturisers. It’s super absorbing so you can apply it straight from the packet onto your skin. Alternatively, you can add a spoonful of it into a hot bath to soak your skin in its goodness.

Cacao Butter Nutritional Information (per 100g):

Energy 894 Kcal / 3743 KJ
Protein 0.3g
Carbohydrates 0.3g
−         of which sugars 0.3g
Fat 99.1g
−         of which saturates 63.7g
Fibre 1g
Sodium 0g
Iron 3.65mg (26% RDA*)

*Recommended daily allowance

Ingredients:

Our Cacao Butter is made from 100% organic Theobroma 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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