Chocolate Inside Out: Hacking the Cacao Bean
October 4 Dark Chocolate, Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Snack, Natural Foods, Superfoods, Vegan Comment
Revealing the beauty of cacao. This is the cross section of cacao bean we make K'UL bars out of.
Microdosing yourself daily with quality dark chocolate is certainly beneficial. Whatever your reason is, take a bite - if you need any reason at all.
Everyone knows that chocolate is made out of cacao. It is also very well known that cacao is actually a fruit, grown right from the trunk of the tree. Each pod contains 40-60 cacao beans - seeds of the cacao fruit. They are small brown seeds, about an inch. This picture demonstrates something only an eye of chocolate maker sees - what is inside cacao bean, this soon-to-be-chocolate.
So what is inside this beautiful bean?
The main component of cocoa beans is fat plus dietary fiber and protein.
The fats are oleic, palmitic and stearic acid which are found in olive oil, red meat and full fat cheeses. Protein constitutes 10–15% of the dry weight of cocoa seeds.
Cacao fiber can be considered as an excellent dietary fiber, and its phenolic compounds are sure to preserve high antioxidant properties.
Cacao beans are rich in a number of essential minerals, including magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. They are also packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid.
In a cacao-shell, this bean or seed is a superfood, which according to some sources, contains around 800 chemical compounds. So YES, that bite is legit and you need that!
Just remember to choose quality dark chocolate 70% and higher!