Demand for cacao around the world has been reaching almost five million tons a year from 2011 to 2019. The pandemic has not affected production, though it has resulted in reduced consumption due to quarantines. However, it’s predicted that once governments have controlled the health crisis in their countries, economic activity, and the demand for cacao, will return.
But what exactly is cacao and why does the world love it? Cacao is a tree that’s native to tropical regions in Central and South America. The seeds, also called beans, are fermented and ground to make chocolate. There’s no official differentiation between cacao and cocoa. Cocoa/cacao powder is more processed. They're made by roasting cacao beans that are turned into cocoa liquor, which is a paste composed of cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Once it has cooled and solidified, the cocoa butter is then pressed out and the remaining cocoa solids are ground up and ground into a powder. Other ingredients, such as sugar and milk powder, are also typically mixed in. However, our products here at Crio Bru use only full cacao bean. Unlike many cacao powders on the market, Crio Bru products only go through roasting and grinding, making them 100% pure ground cacao.
Some people may find it difficult to get into cacao because it is an acquired taste. But it has a lot of health benefits — and the higher the percentage of cacao a product has, the healthier it is. So whether you've tried cacao or still trying to get into it, below are a few reasons everyone should drink it.
It maintains dental hygiene
Children love sweets and chocolates, which can lead to cavities and tooth decay. It may be hard to get them to cut back on them, but fortunately, you can opt for a healthier alternative, namely cacao. Cacao beans contain a compound called theobromine, and a study says that this can increase a tooth enamel’s surface hardness — this means that cacao can even be more effective in preventing cavities than fluoride. Since cacao is bitter, it can be introduced to a child through a drink that has a hint of sweetness in it, such as a caramel light roast. However, it’s still important to remember that cacao doesn't get rid of existing tooth decay and cavities. For those, it may be better to consult dental professionals. They can also recommend how much cacao and other sweet drinks the child can drink.
It helps control blood sugar
Cacao contains flavonols, which help manage blood sugar by promoting insulin secretion. Cacao also has some fiber, which slows the body’s process of absorbing carbohydrates — and this helps stabilize blood sugar too. If you need to reduce your risk of or manage your diabetes, you can get cacao powder that still has some natural sweetness, such as a peppermint light roast. This flavor gives you natural chocolate, peppermint, and vanilla. But diabetes is a chronic condition that will require constant monitoring. So it’s important to first consult with experts with healthcare credentials. They will be able to help you find nutritional specialists and doctors who will help you make a treatment plan, which will include your diet and nutrition. They’ll also be able to give some initial advice regarding your condition, such as how much cacao and which flavors you can consume.
It provides a lot of nutrients
Everyone can benefit from consuming nutrients, but women who are pregnant are in particular need of a nutritional supplement. Pregnancy comes with limitations as well, such as cutting back on coffee intake. This makes cacao a great addition to the diet, as it's packed with nutrients. Cacao contains a huge amount of iron that pregnancy requires. It’s also full of magnesium, which helps reduce aches and cramps. As for substituting coffee, they can get cacao powder with a familiar flavor also found in coffee orders, such as mocha light roast. However, cacao still contains caffeine, though considerably less than coffee, so pregnant women should still watch their cacao intake.
It lowers the risk of dementia
Cognitive decline tends to come with age. Fortunately, the flavanols in cacao can also reduce the risk of dementia by protecting brain cells from chronic inflammation caused by oxidative stress. It relaxes the muscles in the brain, helping improve blood flow and supply. Meanwhile, polyphenols protect the brain by improving brain function and blood flow as well. Older adults tend to lean towards sweets since physiological changes like a diminished flavor palate, so they can get something like a pumpkin spice light roast. This contains a blend of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, making the drink cozy and sweet (but not too sweet).
Solely for criobru.com by Quinn Todd