3 Lesser Known Benefits of Organic Cacao Powder

Cacao Powder

Super foods such as organic cacao powder contain significantly higher quantities of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other health-boosting, disease-fighting, anti-aging goodies. Some are everyday foods such as broccoli, blueberries, chia, etc. while others are more exotic and grown deep within forests such as cacao. While both are derived from the same tree, cacao is not the same as cocoa that you can get generally in the grocery stores.

Organic cacao powder is made from cold-pressed raw cacao beans, while cocoa powder is made by processing roasted cacao beans and adding preservatives. This refinement process of cocoa powder destroys a large number of antioxidants and flavanols (compounds that keeps our body healthy), while organic cacao powder retains most of the essential components that are very beneficial for our bodies.

The cacao powder provided by Juka’s Organic is packed with flavonoids, protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, and more. We import our cacao from West Africa where it is indigenous to the land. We believe in a healthy lifestyle, which is why all our products including cacao powder are provided in their purest and most authentic form. Though there are many health benefits, here are some of the lesser-known benefits of organic cacao powder:

  1. It has 40 times the Antioxidants of Blueberries:

Raw organic cacao powder has over 40 times the antioxidants that you find in blueberries. It has an amazing ORAC score (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of 98,000 per 100gm, whereas blueberries have a mere 2,400. The ORAC score is used to measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals. These free radicals are the pollution and toxins that come from our environment, which cause cell and tissue damage, and can lead to chronic diseases such as cancer.

  1. It is the Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron:

If you are looking for a plant-based or vegan diet with a high quantity of iron, go for organic cacao powder. Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron at a whopping amount of 7.3 mg per 100g, which can be compared to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. Note that iron in cacao powder is non-heme (as found in all plant-based iron), so to get the maximum benefits, you need to combine it with some vitamin c products such as oranges, kiwifruit, etc.

  1. It has more Calcium than Cow’s Milk:

Organic cacao powder has more calcium than cow’s milk at 160mg per 100g, while only 125mg per 100ml of milk. So, if you want a dairy-free latte, you can use cacao powder with a much more quantity of calcium.

 Juka’s Organic has women partners from the villages of Africa who use traditional method of cacao bean extraction to reserve the potency of this super food. If you want to buy organic cacao powder, follow this link: https://jukasorganic.com/collections/kitchen-collection/products/buy-cocoa-powder-16oz

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