Big Food Cacao powder RAW organic - 500g


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The cocoa tree had a sacred status with the Aztecs and Mayas. Not surprising when you consider that raw cocoa contains 300 active substances.


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What is Cacao?

Cacao powder is an Amazonian superfood that is similar, but not identical, to cocoa powder. Both are produced from the pressing of cacao beans derived from the Theobroma Cacao tree. Once a large portion of the fat has been removed, they are ground into a fine powder. The difference between the two, however, lies in the cold-pressing of the raw cacao beans in the production of Cacao powder, to remove the fat. Alternatively, Cocoa powder is roasted at high temperatures prior to pressing, a process that indirectly reduces the enzymatic activity and health potential of the resultant powder. This and the lack of additional ingredients added are some of the reasons that cacao is reported to provide a more optimal alternative to cacao. In fact, cacao powder is known as one of the world’s most potent superfoods based on the high polyphenols (natural antioxidants) content.

We have outlined some potential benefits below, however, have used the term “cocoa” at times. This is because the majority of studies are conducted using cocoa-containing products, as cacao is a much less commonly used ingredient, due to the more bitter taste. However, cacao contains a similar if not superior nutritional profile to cocoa, and so these findings are highly relevant.

✓ Certified Organic
✓ Non-GMO
✓ No Additives
✓ Gluten-Free
✓ Rich in Antioxidants
✓ No artificial anything

Health Benefits of Cacao 

Blood Flow – Cacao powder has been shown to provide beneficial effects on blood flow, by increasing arterial dilation. Because restricted blood flow is a major risk factor for heart disease and later events, this can reduce the risk of these. The notion came about in a study that reported reduced blood-pressure in cocoa-drinking island people in Central America when compared to the non-cocoa-drinking counterparts of the same region ! (1). Later, it was shown that flavanols contained in the powder can improve nitric oxide levels in the blood, resulting in the widening of blood vessels and improved blood flow (2).

Insulin Sensitivity – The research findings in support of this potential benefit are mixed, however some small human studies have observed improvements in insulin sensitivity following the use of cacao and cocoa containing products. For example, in a study by Grassi and colleagues (3), insulin sensitivity was improved slightly in participants with hypertension and insulin resistance, following consumption of flavanol-rich dark chocolate for 14 days. In a similar study but of healthy participants, a small group who consumed flavanol-rich dark chocolate compared to a placebo (white chocolate) had significantly improved insulin sensitivity, as measured by the HOMA-IR method following 14 days (4).
Brain Health & Function – Flavanols, rich sources of which are contained in cacao, have been shown to provide several neuroprotective and cognitive benefits. Therefore, cacao containing products have recently emerged as potential modes of preserving cognitive function and preventing age-related decline (5). In addition to the impact of flavanols in the brain, nitric oxide production from cocoa and cacao improves blood flow throughout the organs, including the brain. In a recent crossover study, healthy older adults consumed a flavanol-rich cocoa and had significantly increased “cerebral perfusion” or improved blood flow among regions in the brain, compared to a placebo drink. These effects were observed two hours after consumption of the cocoa and placebo drinks (6).


- Contains polyphenols and other antioxidants
- Rich source of magnesium, phosphorus and potassium
- Improves blood flow
- May help to reduce heart disease risk
- May improve insulin sensitivity
- May improve brain function and health

Nutritional declarationPer 100 g
Energy1698 kJ (367 kcal)
Fat24,5 g
of which saturates13 g
Carbohydrate10,8 g
of which sugars2,2 g
Fibre34 g
Protein19,8 g
Salt*<0,0 g

Vitamins & MineralsPer 100 gRI %
Calcium114 mg14%
Magnesium520 mg139%
Iron12,5 mg89%
Phosphorus656 mg94%
Potassium1900 mg95%
*RI = Reference Intake of an average adult (8400 kJ/2000 kcal)

Store sealed, in a cool, dry place at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and heat.

100% Organic Cacao Powder


Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Stir 1-2 teaspoons (3-6 grams) of Cacao powder into yoghurt, milk, shake or your favourite smoothie. Do not exceed recommended dose.

(1) Ried K, Sullivan TR, Fakler P, Frank OR, Stocks NP. Effect of cocoa on blood pressure. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2012(8).

(2) Araujo QR, Gattward JN, Almoosawi S, Parada Costa Silva MD, Dantas PA, Araujo Júnior QR. Cocoa and human health: from head to foot—a review. Critical reviews in food science and nutrition. 2016 Jan 2;56(1):1–2.

(3) Grassi D, Desideri G, Necozione S, Lippi C, Casale R, Properzi G, Blumberg JB, Ferri C. Blood pressure is reduced and insulin sensitivity increased in glucose-intolerant, hypertensive subjects after 15 days of consuming high-polyphenol dark chocolate. The Journal of nutrition. 2008 Sep 1;138(9):1671–6.

(4) Grassi D, Lippi C, Necozione S, Desideri G, Ferri C. Short-term administration of dark chocolate is followed by a significant increase in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood pressure in healthy persons. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 2005 Mar 1;81(3):611–4.

(5) Spencer JP. Flavonoids and brain health: multiple effects underpinned by common mechanisms. Genes & nutrition. 2009 Dec;4(4):243.

(6) Lamport DJ, Pal D, Moutsiana C, Field DT, Williams CM, Spencer JP, Butler LT. The effect of flavanol-rich cocoa on cerebral perfusion in healthy older adults during conscious resting state: a placebo controlled, crossover, acute trial. Psychopharmacology. 2015 Sep 1;232(17):3227–34.

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