The Difference Between Cacao and Cocoa
Raw cacao powder is a natural superfood which is high in nutrients such as iron, magnesium and zinc. It is derived from Cacao beans, which are the seeds from an Amazonian fruiting tree and is the source of all chocolate and cocoa products. It is also a rich source of antioxidants for our heart and contains neurotransmitters which contribute to wellbeing and happiness.
Cacao and cocoa are derived from the same tree, but it is the processing which sets these two products apart. Cocoa is processed using the “Dutch processing” method which involves chemically processing and roasting the beans. This processing technique was developed in the early 19th century to reduce the characteristic bitter flavour and darken the colour. A recent study suggested that between 60 to 90% of the original antioxidants are lost through “Dutch processing”.
Raw cacao on the other hand is not submitted to temperatures above 42°C. This helps to retain the nutritional content. Raw cacao is usually purchased as a powder or as raw cacao nibs.