The History of Cacao Arriba: This is one of Anima Mundi Herbals favorite cacao sources on the planet. This farm in Ecuador is run by a visionary, and received recognition for "denominacion de origin". A term that translates to a standard and next-level quality production on heirloom varieties. This also indicates that the origin of that ancestral cultivation is true to its area, meaning there was no foreign pollination, or seeds, added within the mix of its reproduction. This is revolutionary in today's world!
Did you know Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) means "Food of the Gods"?
Medicinal Properties of Cacao Arriba: Did you also know that cacao contains 40x more antioxidants than blueberries? It has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400. ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.
Raw Cacao is one of the highest plant-based sources of antioxidants for our heart and contains neurotransmitters which contribute to wellbeing and happiness. It is high in nutrients such as iron, magnesium and zinc. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus. This might just be the reason your body craves cacao when you're pulling an all-nighter. Last but not least, Cacao contains more calcium than regular cow's milk. Cacao has 160mg per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk.
Cacao can combat depression with four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cozy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression.
Add delicious chocolate flavor to your favorite morning smoothie by adding 1 teaspoon of cacao powder, or use it in our Heirloom Hot Cocoa recipe, featured below.
Heirloom Hot Cocoa
3 teaspoons Heirloom Cacao
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1 cup coconut milk
Dash of cinnamon
Directions: Whisk together Heirloom Cacao and coconut sugar, then add in coconut milk. Bring to a simmer in a saucepan, or add the mixture into a milk frother and froth. Pour the frothy mixture into your favorite coffee cup and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon. Serve + enjoy.
How many servings (teaspoons) are there in one 6-ounce bag?
There are 50 servings in one 6-ounce bag.