Are you on the cacao train? We sure are! Whether it’s the cacao in our new flavor Boost, or a sprinkle of cacao on top of our smoothies and smoothie bowls, we can’t get enough of this delicious superfood.
Not sure exactly what cacao is? It’s the raw bean that, when processed, becomes cocoa and chocolate (yess). But the unprocessed cacao actually has a ton of benefits that get lost during processing, which is why more and more people are turning to raw cacao as an ingredient. Here are a few reasons we keep coming back to cacao again and again, and why we think you’ll love it too!
Health Benefits of Cacao
Cacao is filled to the brim with calcium. In fact, it has even more calcium in a serving than cow’s milk! This is great for your bone and overall health, and is a great source of calcium for anyone with a dairy sensitivity.
Cacao is packed with antioxidants. Most of the nutrients lost in the processing of cacao beans into cocoa are antioxidants and flavanols, but raw cacao is a total antioxidant powerhouse! Antioxidants are amazing for so many reasons, including reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease, and dozens of other diseases.
Cacao is one of the highest plant-based sources of iron. Vegetarians, listen up. If you struggle to get enough iron into your diet, cacao is your new best friend! Consuming enough iron will help to significantly improve your energy levels, so make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing source of it.
Cacao is a natural mood enhancer. It has naturally occurring serotonin, as well as three other chemicals that will help balance your brain with feel-good neurotransmitters. Who wouldn’t want to start their day with a natural happiness boost?
And to top it off, cacao just tastes GREAT. Try adding it to your next smoothie bowl, or pick up our Boost smoothie at Target to try this superfood out for yourself!