Where do I get raw cacao from
Most health food stores have raw organic cacao powder nowadays. If your store doesn’t carry it, you can order it online here.
Is cacao healthy or not?
Health benefits of cacao powder
Cocoa contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc and iron. Since I only consume cocoa in small amounts, I do not rely on cocoa as a source of these minerals in my diet and eat it solely for the sake of taste.
Pesticides in cacao
The cocao is grown in tropical countries, where the regulations for pesticide use are very loose and pesticides are used, which are long banned here.Therefore, I only by certified organic cacao powder to avoid this health hazard and not to poison the environment and the growers unnecessarily.
Disadvantages of cocoa due to the caffeine content
Cacao contains caffeine as well as theobromine and can be irritating, especially if consumed in a large amount or if you consume it rarely. I try to eat cocoa only in the mornings to avoid insomnia.
Phytic acid in cacao
Cacao contains the phytic acid. Phytic acid can hamper the absorption of calcium, magnesium and zinc. I buy organic and fermented cocoa products, the phytic acid content is expected to be lower in these. Whether the cocoa is fermented or not can be found on the label or the product website.