MINDANAO CACAO are among the best in the world and in great demand in Europe. Our cacao farm in Maitum, Sarangani Province is handled by a local cacao farmer who held his dreams to prosper and create the rich aromatic, pure dark chocolate.
Cacao is a top source of antioxidants packed with a full, unadulterated taste. It has a more bitter taste than milk chocolate, but the health benefits of cacao make switching out unhealthy chocolate for cacao nibs, powder and desserts totally worth it.
Cacao comes from the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree. Its high antioxidant and nutrient level makes it a healthy choice to incorporate into your daily diet. Here are the reasons you should eat raw cacao everyday:
Cocoa contains many active components [2, 3, 4]:
If you have never eaten cacao before, be prepared for a taste that you may find bitter. You might prefer to work your way up by gradually increasing the percentage of cacao you consume. Your palate will adjust quickly and thank you for it.
Always check that you are buying unsweetened powder instead of cocoa mixes with sugar. A higher fat percentage is better too, as it adds flavor and is more satisfying so you’ll consume fewer calories overall. Also keep an eye out for fair trade labels, so you know the workers who harvested the cacao were paid fairly.
Now, here are 7 ways to reap the health benefits of cacao!
Depending on your daily carb limit, you may be able to enjoy high quality dark chocolate in moderation.
A standard ketogenic diet typically entails restricting your carb intake to only 5% of your daily calorie intake (11Trusted Source).
For instance, on a 2,000-calorie diet, you would limit your carb intake to about 25 grams of carbs per day.
This means that 1 ounce (28 grams) of high quality dark chocolate would contribute to approximately 40% of your total daily carb allotment (8Trusted Source).
Whether dark chocolate fits into a keto diet largely depends on what else you consume throughout the day.
If you want to enjoy dark chocolate on a keto diet, consider restricting other high carb foods to ensure you don’t exceed your daily carb limit.
Also, it’s important to choose high quality dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids.
Dark chocolate with less than 70% cocoa likely contains a higher carb content and may be difficult to fit in without exceeding your carb allotment.
Ultimately, portion control is key. While 1 ounce (28 grams) of high quality dark chocolate can fit into a keto diet, a larger serving will likely exceed your limit.
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