Uses and Benefits of Cacao

uses and benefits of Cacao

What Is Cacao?

Cocoa beans were actually prized for their medicinal properties and traded like currency in ancient South America. Cacao is the tree that cocoa is made from, making cocoa the processed form of the raw version of cacao. A recent study showed between 60-90% of antioxidants in cacao are lost through dutch processing when it is made into cocoa powder commonly used in chocolate. This is why you want to see out raw cacao powder products to get the health benefits. Want to know the uses and benefits of cacao? We got you!

What are the Uses and Benefits of Cacao?

1. 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries

That's right, when people think antioxidants they typically think berries, but cacao has 40 times the amount, meaning the absorb free radicals from pollution and environmental toxins which cause cell damage.

2. Mood Elevator and Aphrodisiac

Raw cacao contains serotonin and tryptophan which are proven chemicals that improve your mood. These neurotransmitters give you the warm and cosy feelings of happiness and can even assist in getting rid of depression. Cacao also contains phenethylamine which is naturally released during sexual activity, thus improving libido.

3. Heart Protection

Cacao contains flavanols which are anti-inflammatory and improve blood circulation and decrease oxidized LDL cholesterol.

How do I use Cacao?

You can use cacao in dishes that you cook or order from restaurants, supplements, or through hot beverages (our favorite being SUTRA Black).

Cacao Inspiration

Cacao & Black Bean Mole

Cacao Smoothie

Cacao & Chile Rubbed Pork

Cacao & Coconut Milk Popsicle

Want to experience more uses and benefits of cacao?

Try our Cacao Packed Superfoods Powder - SUTRA Black



This pitch black Instagram bestie has everything you need to detox. Not only does it taste like an old school hot chocolate, but it's packed full of healthy superfoods to give you a jolt of natural energy and increase your mental focus. We combined Cacao for natural energy, activated charcoal for a deep detox, reishi for increased brain clarity, coconut milk for gut health, cinnamon/cayenne for a metabolism boost, and vanilla/stevia for a touch of sweetness.

Ingredients - Organic​ ​Coconut​ ​Milk,​ ​Raw​ ​Cacao,​ ​Activated​ ​Charcoal,​ ​Red​ ​Reishi​ ​Mushroom,​ ​Vanilla​ ​Bean, Sea​ ​Salt,​ ​Cinnamon,​ ​Cayenne​ ​Pepper,​ ​Stevia​ ​Leaf​ ​Extract​ ​-​ ​Debittered

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