One of the biggest confusions when it comes to chocolate are the terms cacao and cocoa. They’re spelt similarly and are often pronounced the same way as well.
Is Chocolate and Cacao the same?
Chocolate comes from the tropical cacao tree. The cacao bean, the rawest form of chocolate, can be harvested and consumed directly (cacao), roasted and turned into powder (cocoa) or made into chocolate.
How do the British pronounce cacao?
Which is healthier cocoa or cacao?
Cacao is higher in protein, fibre, magnesium and iron. Cocoa powder without added sugar is still high in nutrition and is a more affordable option. Gram per gram cacao is more nutritious. However when you factor in that cocoa is far cheaper it means that per dollar cocoa is the better choice if budget is an issue.
Can I drink cacao everyday?
It is very safe to drink cacao on a daily basis. We always advise to listen to your body and find what dose works best to you. In general we like to take some pauses once in a while if we drink cacao daily, to also feel and experience without.
Why cacao is bad for you?
Some studies indicate that theobromine may help with coughs – although this is medicinal theobromine. Theobromine-enriched cocoa also impacts blood pressure. Eating raw cacao in excess could be dangerous. For instance, theobromine poisoning has reportedly caused heart failure, seizures, kidney damage and dehydration.
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