Pure, Raw Cacao: a Healthy Coffee Alternative
Rediscover the joy of chocolate, with the original chocolate chip!
Cacao nibs are perfect for blending in smoothies, sprinkling on cereal and ice cream, mixing with berries for trail mix, or snacking right out of the bag. They're especially nice as an healthy coffee alternative or mid-day pick-me-up. These incredibly pure organic RAW nibs are hand-crafted on permaculture farms in Bali, Indonesia.
Only ELF offers a purity guarantee: Our cacao undergoes special handling to ensure that it’s truly RAW and that it’s never exposed to the contaminants you will find in most other raw cacao products. Our care shows in the quality of our nibs: crunchy and rich, with complex aromas. To top it all off, by paying beyond-Fair Trade rates, we support ecological farmers who are improving the planet. That’s chocolate with a heart!
Cacao: the Antioxidant Superfood of the Ancients
Cacao was revered by ancient mesoamerican cultures as the "food of the gods."
Today, science has explained the wisdom behind this ancient tradition: sugarless RAW cacao has more cell-protecting antioxidants than red wine or green tea. Plus it has mood-boosting phyto-chemicals like theobromine and anandamide. So snack away: even the fats in cacao are good for you!
Cacao's antioxidants do more than just protect your cells from the free-radicals that build up in the body from chemical stressors such as exercise, smoking, or the effects of emotional stress. Epicatechin (an antioxidant also found in lesser quantities in green tea) actually seems to activate the cardiovascular system. Especially when combined with exercise, epicatechin seems to trigger the body to form new capillaries that feed muscles and brain tissue while also increasing production of mitochondria, the cellular powerhouse.
Epicatechin and other antioxidants in cacao are suspected to be the primary factor in the unusual health of the Kuna people of Panama, who drink 6 cups of fresh local cacao every day...and live well into old age with far fewer cases of stroke, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease.