What's the Difference?


Cacao and cocoa may sound similar, however both have difference qualities when it comes to taste, nutrition and cost.


This article is designed to help you understand the difference between them.


Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder. Cacao is thought to have a high source of antioxidants and magnesium and has been used throughout many cultures for years for health purposes.


Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao and removes the fat (cacao butter).


Cocoa looks the same but it’s not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Unfortunately, roasting changes the molecular structure of the cacao bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.


Health Benefits of Cacao and Cocoa

Cacao beans and the products derived from them are rich sources of beneficial plant compounds, particularly flavanols, which have antioxidant, heart-protective and anti-cancer properties, among other health benefits.

Cacao also contains iron that is readily absorbed by your body, unlike some plant sources of the mineral. Cacao products also contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid your body uses to make serotonin, a brain chemical that helps you relax. 


Due to the many benefits of, we use only cacao in our Banana and Sour Cherry bars. Our Banana bar uses both cacoa nibs and cacao powder and our Sour Cherry bars contain cacao nibs that provide a crunchy texture.


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