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HEALTHY DARK CHOCOLATE - Raw, Untainted, Non-heated, Organic Cacao!

There is hope for chocoholics everywhere!

You can turn cravings for cooked processed milk chocolate into super-nutrition.  Eat Raw Cacao Nibs or Raw Cacao Powder for optimum nutrient enhancement.

RAW DARK CACAOLATE IS HEALTHY

All chocolate is made from the raw cacao bean! Cacao is the seed of a fruit of an Amazonian tree that was brought to Central America during or before the time of the Olmecs. Cacao beans were so revered by the Mayans and Aztecs that they used them as money!

In 1753 Carl von Linnaeus, the 18th-century Swedish scientist,
thought that cacao was so important that he named the genus and species of this tree himself. He named this tree: Theobroma cacao, which literally means "cacao, the food of the gods."

Cacao beans contain no sugar and between 12% and 50% fat depending on variety and growth conditions. Nature's First Law cacao beans are around 40% fat content (low compared to other nuts). There is no evidence to implicate cacao bean consumption with obesity. Worried about allergies? Allergies to chocolate are quite rare. It is typically the case that the person is in fact allergic to milk, dairy products and chemicals mixed into the production of heat-treated processed chocolate bars.

Why Organic Raw Cacao?

Concentrated nutrients - because Certified Organic Raw Cacao is concentrated 'raw power', RAW cacao powder has at least 33% more of many of cacao's most vital nutrients! In Raw Cacao Powder, much of the oil is removed, while nearly all of the active nutrients remain. For example...

Cacao is remarkably rich in magnesium. Cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. This is likely the primary reason women crave chocolate during the menstrual cycle. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and combats depression. Cacao is the richest food source of magnesium of any common food. Magnesium is the number one mineral that assists and supports healthy heart functioning. Magnesium is the most deficient major mineral on the Standard American Diet (SAD); over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in Magnesium!

Cacao contains subtle amounts of caffeine and theobromine. However, experiments have shown that these stimulants are far different when consumed raw than cooked.  Consider the following: Experimental provings of chocolate by homeopaths indicate its stimulating effect when cooked. One experiment conducted with a decoction of roasted ground cacao beans in boiling water produced an excitement of the nervous system similar to that caused by black coffee, an excited state of circulation, and an accelerated pulse. Interestingly, when the same decoction was made with raw, un-roasted beans neither effect was noticeable, leading the researchers to conclude that the physiological changes were caused by aromatic substances released during roasting.                      

Cacao seems to diminish appetite, probably due to its monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors) - these are different from digestive enzyme inhibitors found in most nuts and seeds. These rare MAO inhibitors actually produce favorable results when consumed by allowing more serotonin and other neurotransmitters to circulate in the brain. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MAO inhibitors facilitate youth regeneration and rejuvenation. Encourages weight loss naturally.

Phenylethylamine (PEA) is found in chocolate. PEA is an adrenal-related chemical that is also created within the brain and released when we are in love. This is one of the reasons why love and chocolate have a deep correlation. PEA also plays a role in increasing focus and alertness.  Researchers have discovered that phenylethylamine (PEA) has a positive effect in enhancing feelings of love. And Chocolate has been proven to be an excellent source of PEA.

Anandamide (The Bliss Chemical) - A neurotransmitter called anandamide, has been isolated in cacao. Anandamide is also produced naturally in the brain. Anandamide is known as "The Bliss Chemical" because it is released while we are feeling great. Cacao contains enzyme inhibitors that decrease our bodies' ability to breakdown anandamide. This means that natural anandamide and/or cacao anandamide may stick around longer, making us feel good longer, when we eat cacao.

Antioxidants keep you looking young and help fight disease.  One bottle of Sunfood Cacao Powder delivers 433,570 ORAC Antioxidant units. ORAC antioxidant laboratory analysis confirms that there are over 25,200 antioxidants in a single spoonful of our raw cacao powder!  Dark chocolate has been touted as a source of antioxidants, but this raw chocolate is way beyond that. Living proof that raw is better!  
Italian researchers found eating 100 grams of dark chocolate each day for 15 days lowered blood pressure in the 15-person study. The University of L'Aquila team also found the body's ability to metabolise sugar -- a problem for people with diabetes -- was improved. Because the effect was believed to be due to antioxidant levels, with Raw Cacao Powder we can likely multiply this effect.

Dutch researchers indicate that dark chocolate contains four times the amount of catechin antioxidants than black tea, which is suspected of having a protective effect against heart disease and possibly cancer, due to its antioxidant properties. With Raw Cacao Powder, it would be 28 times more than Black Tea and potentially 7 times the protection!

In trials, doctors at Harvard found that Antioxidant compounds called Flavonols in chocolate help the body to produce nitric oxide, a compound essential for proper heart function. (Nitric oxide is also believed by pro bodybuilders to help increase muscularity.) Again, with Raw Cacao Powder, this effect could easily be multiplied.  Remember that raw cacao powder contains about seven times as many antioxidants as cooked cacao powder, that's about 723% more!

The amino acid Tryptophan is found naturally in cacao. Tryptophan enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep. Now you'll get at least 33% more when you use Raw Cacao Powder!

Raw Cacao Powder has at least 33% more Arginine, the aphrodisiac-like amino acid believed by body builders to build muscle and aid in recovery.
 

Nature's First Law Sunfood Organic Raw Cacao Nibs

- peeled & ready to eat or grind yourself.

Organic Raw Cacao Nibs

8 oz. re-seal bag (nibs from 200 peeled cacao beans)

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Normally, one could peel cacao beans before eating them...now Sunfood Nutrition has done it for us! "Cacao Nibs" (or Cacao Pieces) are peeled raw/organic Cacao Beans.  The raw cacao bean is one of nature's most fantastic superfoods due to its wide array of unique properties, many of which are destroyed or corrupted by cooking.

  • Raw, Organic: This is a 100% raw product that is certified organic by Skal International.


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Aromica Variety: These beans come from the most prized strain of cacao in Ecuador known as Aromica (due to its outstanding aroma).  Microbe-free 100% Arriba Nacional Fino de Aroma Pure Cacao Beans. Aromica is a distinct fourth variety of cacao (the other three include: forestero, trinitario and criollo).

  • Low Microbe Count: Because of the exceptional quality and standards under which these beans are processed, any foreign microbe/bacteria activity is virtually nonexistent on the skin and inner nib. This is an extraordinary feat considering that cacao beans come from a moist and slimy fruit grown in the hot jungle. No other cacao bean sources can claim this safety feature.


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Pleasant, Tasty: The unique process we use retains the purity, fine aroma, fairly uniform large size, purplish-brown color, easy peeling (of the beans) and the nutritional impact that nature intended.


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High Flavor, No Roasting: Because of the quality of the bean and of our processing, you get to enjoy a rich, raw chocolate flavor and aroma without destroying valuable nutrients via roasting.


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Low Acid:
Our beans have extremely low acid levels. Other varieties = higher levels of acid.

 

What constitutes excellent quality cacao? Cacao should have a rich flavor, low astringency, bountiful oil content, purple hues visible in the bean/nib, a microbe-free status and a real organic certification. Cacao should be devoid of any vinegar-like tastes, crisp to the taste (not soft), nutty in texture instead of crumbling into a powder in the bag and mold-free (no visible mold anywhere especially on the skin of the bean).

 

Special Notice: Beware of other cacao beans and nibs available on the world market because they are typically heated, fumigated, conventionally-grown and are contaminated by bacteria and fungus.

Public Health Hazard:
Our supplier has found by laboratory testing that many other competitor brands of  “raw” cacao beans on the market are not only of inexpensive forastero cacao varieties, they also are contaminated with several types of dangerous bacteria (remember cacao is a tropical crop where microbe contamination is more difficult to control). Following are the exact results from the lab after a sample of some of the poor quality “forastero” variety cacao beans were tested.

Product Analysis of Other “Raw” Cacao Beans On The Market:

Analysis

Result

 Unit

E. Coli / Coliform (AOAC 991.14)  *TNTC  Cfu / g
Salmonella (AOAC 989.13) - ve   + / -
Stephylococcus Aureus (AOAC 2000.15)  *TNTC  Cfu / g
Yeast and Mold (AOAC 897.02) *TNTC   Cfu / g
Total Aerobic (AOAC 990.12) *TNTC  Cfu / g

TNTC = Too Numerous To Count
Cfu/g = colony-forming units per gram
-ve = verified existence   {A “-ve” rating for Salmonella on any food would get it pulled from any store immediately. And a “-ve” is a low rating compared to a TNTC rating! This lab result demonstrates an incredibly dangerous level of microbe contamination. }

 

     Sunfood Raw Cacao Beans                 Competitor Contaminated Cacao Bean

 

  Sunfood Nutrition cacao beans and nibs are quality controlled at every step until they reach your hands. Sunfood Nutrition delivers the highest quality, best tasting, microbe-free cacao beans/nibs in the world. The pictures above demonstrate the dramatic difference in quality of cacao on the open market. Sunfood Nutrition cacao beans are pictured above on the left. A competitor cacao bean product is pictured on the right. The mold and bacteria contamination is obvious in the competitor sample. However, this type of contamination is not obvious when the product has had the skin removed and is broken into nibs. Be aware of cheap cacao bean and nib products.

Certificate of analysis
Yearly,  Sunfood Nutrition receives a certificate of analysis from the organic cacao growers. This covers all the cacao products: nibs, powder, beans and butter. It says many things, yet the most interesting part is the microbiological analysis. This is the bit that shows to us these chocolate products are safe for human consumption without being cooked. Staphylococus aureus, pseudomonas, aeruginoses, escherichila coli and salmonella are all tested as 100% absent from these raw cacao products.

What to do with Cacao Nibs?

◘ Nature's First Law Raw Organic Cacao Nibs have a delightful, full, antioxidant-rich chocolate flavor. Best used raw & natural but easy to use for all your recipes.  Use like chocolate chips or grind.

◘ Try eating them straight, a tablespoon at a time. Chew thoroughly and experience the taste extravaganza of raw chocolate.

◘ Add to coconut-based or fruit-based smoothies to enhance the flavor.

◘ Add agave nectar, honey or cane sweetener to the raw cacao nibs and chew!

◘ Freeze cacao nibs with sweeteners (honey is fantastic). Eat cold.

◘ Blend cacao nibs into herbal teas or blend with other superfoods like maca.

◘ Add cacao nibs like chocolate chips to soy ice creams - out of this world!

◘ Create a raw chocolate bar! Blend the following raw ingredients together: cacao nibs, agave nectar (sweetener), maca, coconut oil, and cashews, almonds, hemp hearts or other favorite nut. Pour into an ice-cube tray or candy mold and freeze. Eat cold. Delicious & Healthy!

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Nature's First Law Organic Raw Cacao Powder ~ cold-milled from raw cacao beans & ready to use.

Organic Raw Cacao Powder

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All chocolate comes from cacao beans, or cocoa, as it is more commonly known. Nature's First Law Sunfood Nutrition Raw Chocolate Powder is the world's premier raw, organic, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder.

Sunfood Nutrition supplies cacao that is:
 •
not fermented
less than 15%-compared to 100% industry standard fermentation
 •
USDA organic certification quality controlled start-to-finish
 •
fino de aroma variety 100% Arriba Nacional Fino de Aroma Pure Cacao Beans -
best tasting raw variety in the world
 •
crispy fresh texture from a fruit that is blue skinned
 • grown by happy well-paid farmers
 •
microbe-free Never chemicals, NO hexane,  NO solvents.

This Raw Organic Chocolate Powder is created by cold-pressing Nature's First Law Raw Cacao Nibs into a cake - separating the oil from the protein and fiber. The remaining dry 'cake-like' material is then cold-ground, fine-milled and sifted so that only the finest, most bio-available raw cacao particles filter through into the finished product.

The temperature is never allowed to exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit and is usually 104 degrees F (most other cocoa powders are exposed to temperatures as high as 300 degrees Fahrenheit!). A high-accuracy thermometer monitors the process. This low temperature process keeps delicate vitamins, minerals and antioxidants intact, allowing for maximum digestion and absorption.

 

Cornell University food scientists say that cocoa has nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine and up to three times those found in green tea. With Raw Cacao Powder, it would be 14 times more than Red Wine and 21 times more than Green Tea!

Did you know the amino acid Tryptophan is found naturally in cacao. Tryptophan enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep? Now you'll get at least 33% more when you use Raw Cacao Powder!

Researchers have discovered that phenylethylamine (PEA) has a positive effect in enhancing feelings of love. And Chocolate has been proven to be an excellent source of PEA. Now you can love at least 33% more with Raw Cacao Powder!

Cacao is the richest food source of magnesium of any common food. Magnesium is the number one mineral that assists and supports healthy heart functioning. Now you get at least 33% more magnesium gram-per-gram with Raw Cacao Powder!

Raw Cacao Powder has at least 33% more Arginine, the aphrodisiac-like amino acid believed by body builders to build muscle and aid in recovery.

What to do with Raw Cacao Powder?

Nature's First Law Raw Organic Chocolate Powder has a delightful, full, antioxidant-rich chocolate flavor. Best used raw & natural but easy to use for all your recipes

Add cacao powder to all your favorite smoothies, teas, coffee mixes, protein drinks, desserts or anything else you can think of.

Just one or two spoonfuls can transform any recipe into a healthy chocolate treat. It even goes great on top of fresh fruit!

Add it to your favorite smoothies (one heaping tablespoon will do) and watch them instantly become Raw Chocolate masterpieces!

Blend it with Virgin Coconut Oil and Agave nectar or sweetener--for instant Raw Chocolate Syrup! Use it on all your favorites.

Blend it in a food processor with raw nut butters and agave nectar, for the most delicious desert you've ever had. (In fact, similar nut butters mixed with roasted cocoa powder are very expensive in health food stores.)

You can make any cookie, brownie or pie INSTANTLY more chocolaty and delicious - just add a tablespoon or more to taste.

Blend it with sweet almond milk, maca, soy, rice or nut milk . This gives you a creamy dark chocolate milk that's LOADED with antioxidant power and tastes out of this world!

And so much more! Delight your friends with the best food ever! Enhance your pleasure to the maximum...enjoy!  Use Cacao Nibs & Cacao Powder equally in all your favorite recipes.  

Use a tablespoon of Organic Raw Peruvian Maca to any chocolate treat to aid in emulsifying (adds creaminess)

Storage: Refrigeration or storage in a cool, dry place (out of direct sunlight) is recommended, yet not required. Nature's First Law Raw Organic Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs are microbe-free and highly-stable.

 
The ORAC Unit of Raw Cacao Powder

Who Ever Heard of Over 25,200 Antioxidants in a Single Spoonful of Chocolate?

Sunfood Nutrition - After spending nearly two grueling years on research and development, extensive international traveling and endless fine-tuning...and after dropping a small fortune on the most rigorous possible ORAC antioxidant laboratory analysis -  can FINALLY  offer you the most antioxidant-rich, most PURE - great tasting 100% Raw Cacao Powder...   

  Kirilian photograph of Sunfood Nutrition Raw Cacao Bean

One bottle of Sunfood Cacao Powder delivers 433,570 ORAC Antioxidant units. ORAC antioxidant laboratory analysis confirms that there are over 25,200 antioxidants in a single spoonful of raw chocolate powder!  Dark chocolate has been touted as a source of antioxidants, but this raw chocolate is way beyond that. Living proof that raw is better!

This delicious, easy-to-use and mega-potent (955 ORAC units per gram!) form of chocolate has broken a world record. Never before has there been 25,200 ORAC units of antioxidant power in a spoonful of anything.


What is ORAC?
USDA developed a scale called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). It's a high-tech way of measuring the ability of antioxidants to absorb cell damaging, wrinkle causing, tissue destructive free radicals.

Here's an example to illustrate a common confusion: one web site lists both dark cocoa powder and Acai powder (Acai is an exotic fruit from Brazil) at the top of the ORAC Scale. They say natural cocoa powder tops the list with a score of 26,000. The Açai berry rates second highest, making it the powerhouse of the fruit world with a score of 18,500. But what the company conveniently hides is that the cocoa powder and Acai ORAC ratings are for 100 grams! Could you eat 100 grams of straight chocolate powder? Eugh! If you calculate the ORAC units per gram you quickly see that dark cocoa powder is at 260 and Acai is 185.

Not bad, but that's nothing compared to the whopping 955 ORAC Units found in each gram of raw unsprayed cacao powder! The raw version of cacao powder contains 367% more antioxidants than the very best cooked version. We knew the antioxidant rating would be good for this chocolate, but even we were shocked with the results.

Compare Against Other Top-Antioxidant Foods:

To get that same amount of ORAC units from other foods, you'd have to buy:
80 - 6 oz baskets of Organic Blueberries
94 - 6oz baskets of Organic Red Raspberries
Over 5 lbs of frozen Acai
35.5 bottles of Himalayan Goji Juice
You'd even need over 5 bottles of Eniva's VIBE Juice
(listed in the Physicians Desk Reference as having the #1 highest ORAC value for a supplemental juice product).

This information goes to show how you need pay close attention to the true overall ORAC values of a product - or you won't be getting the value you deserve.

 

**All sales of Nature's First Law cacao products support indigenous farmers in Ecuador. To supply this quality, raw, unfermented, organic cacao and products made from this cacao, our supplier pays each farmer 25% more than the price for regular, organic cacao in Ecuador. They also have been helping to fund the growth of infrastructure and irrigation on each farm to ensure quality cacao to customers and to allow each farm to increase production (and therefore increase income). Also, at the processing location, where cacao butter is pressed and cacao powder is separated (amongst other things), they help provide education (regular courses on health, sanitation, etc.) and higher than standard salaries to all the workers. Your support of these exceptional cacao products has already inspired the recent planting of 100,000 cacao trees in Ecuador.

 

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