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Wholesale Superfood Ingredients in the Spotlight:

CACAO BEANS, NIBS, POWDER, BUTTER AND PULP

Healthy Indulgence

It is no surprise that Cacao products have met with such wide reaching success. Given the plethora of studies analysing the health benefits provided by the flavanoids contained naturally within the cacao bean, combined with its rich and full flavour, this is really an ingredient for healthy indulgence at its best.


Add to this its organic production on small family held farms in the Andes region of Peru and its minimal processing using age old techniques, our range of Cacao products are a truly tremendous compliment to a growing range of superfoods that have been capturing the interest of manufacturers the world around. Interest comes not only from the confectionary sector, as Cacao products find their way into a range of health foods, health supplements, sports nutrition and specialty baked goods and gourmet sources.


Originating from the foothills of the Andes, the Cacao bean has a long and important history  in pre-Columbian America, regarded not only as a luxury commodity, but also for a time as a form of currency. It seems that it has long been regarded as being worth its weight in gold!



The Diversity of the Cacao Pod

From the cacao pod we can extract a variety of products, each providing a nutritious and flavoursome ingredient for use in a wide range of applications. From the perfumed sweet white pulp that surrounds the cacao beans, available in frozen pulp or powder formats, to the diverse range of products derived from the bean itself after going through a process of drying and fermentation, such as Superfood Ingredients’ Raw and Organic Cacao Beans, Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder and Cacao Butter.  Unfermented Lavado Cacao Beans and Nibs are also available. Each ingredient is processed without chemicals and with an aim to maintain the rich flavours and nutrition of the Theobroma cacao - the food of the Gods!



Some of the Benefits of Cacao (Theobroma cacao)

The benefits of the flavonoids contained within the cocoa mass have been the subject of much study as we try to understand some of the health benefits that can be enjoyed by eating cacao products. Studies have looked into the effects that these flavonoids may have from helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, to its cardiovascular benefits and anti-ageing properties. Added to this are its other nutritional benefits derived from its content of various minerals.


Cacao Bean Phytochemicals

The cacao bean contains a rich source of antioxidising phytochemicals such as epicatechins and procyanidins along with a range of alkaloids such as theobromine, phenethylamine and caffeine known for their stimulant properties. These all provide a range of health benefits that can be found from the cacao bean and its derivative products such as the cacao nibs and cacao powder.


Epicatechins: Cacao beans are recorded as being the richest source of all foods analysed for the flavonoid epicatechin. Apart from being a good antioxidant, studies have also looked into the benefits in cardiovascular health that these epicatechins may provide, and in particular its beneficial effect on vascular function and on blood pressure levels.


Procyanidins: Also present in aronia berries, grape seeds and skins, red wine and açai oil, the cacao bean again stands apart as containing the highest concentration of this highly antioxidising flavonoid compound. Procyanidins have been found to suppress production of a protein endothelin-1 that constricts blood vessels, and is thought to be the principle vasoactive polyphenol that gives rise to the well known French Paradox of red wine and its documented effect in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.


Alkaloids: Theobromine is the principle alkaloid found in cacao beans, and as its name indicates, this alkaloid is named after the cacao plant, being one of its principle sources. In medical applications Theobromine is used as a vasodilator, a diuretic and as a heart stimulant. Because of its diuretic effect and its ability to dilate blood vessels, theobromine has been used to treat high blood pressure. Like caffeine, theobromine is a stimulant, although has a lesser impact on the human central nervous system whilst stimulating the heart to a greater degree.


Cacao Polyphenols and Alzheimers

Although there are many benefits to be had by the standard fermentation process of the cacao bean, used to improve flavour, recent studies have found that the unfermented cacao bean presents higher levels of polyphenols, and these have been linked to the prevention of protein build-up in the brain that cause nerve damage, and is related to the onset of dementia and Alzheimers disease. This unfermented cacao bean is referred to as Lavado Cacao, as it is only washed and not fermented as it is prepared for processing.


A Rich Nutrient Content

100g of cacao mass will provide more than the RDI for iron, magnesium, manganese and phosphorous, and a good part of the RDI for zinc. We must not forget also the rich vitamin and mineral content of the cacao pulp and the rich source of oleic and stearic fatty acids found in the cacao butter.



Superfood Ingredients’ Cacao Products

Our wholesale Cacao products, both organic and conventional, are available in the following formats:


Cacao Pulp: Frozen Cacao Pulp, Freeze Dried Cacao Pulp Powder, Spray Dried Cacao Pulp Powder


Cacao Bean: Organic Raw Cacao Beans, Organic Raw Cacao Nibs, Organic Raw Cacao Powder, Lavado Cacao Beans, Lavado Cacao Nibs


Cacao Butter: Organic Raw Cacao Butter


Please feel free to contact us at ask@sfisuperfoods.com for more information.


If your business is located in Australia, New Zealand or Asia, and you are interested in wholesale bulk supply of our Cacao Pulp, Beans, Nibs, Powder or Butters please contact us at australasia@sfisuperfoods.com


For customers interested in buying our Organic Raw Cacao Powder, Organic Raw Cacao Nibs or Organic Raw Cacao Butter as a retail product please click on the link below to go to the SuperFoodies website in New Zealand.

SFI Cacao Powder, Butter, Nibs, Pulp, Beans

Once the food of the ancient Mayans, the Criollo Cacao is considered to be one of the most prized and rare of the cacao beans. Growing in Peru, one of the birth places of the cacao tree, the Organic Criollo Cacao Pods used to make Superfood Ingredients’ Cacao products, are harvested by local communities and gently processed to enhance the distinctive rich and aromatic flavour of the criollo bean so treasured in the chocolate industry.