Our Cacao Beans are an original heirloom criollo amazonico Cacao from Satipo in Peru. By buying this Raw Cacao you are supporting a sustainable project that is rescuing this original heirloom variety of Cacao, which has been grown by the Ashaninka and Chene people of the Peruvian Amazon for thousands of years.
These certified organic indigenous growers use an age old system of permaculture, where the Cacao trees are planted under the native forest canopy, along with other fruit trees, such as mango, avocado and papaya. All of these trees add their distinctive nuances to the fine multi-floral flavor of this exquisite Cacao.
Raw Cacao Beans are jam packed with antioxidants, magnesium and bliss nutrients that may help keep you young, healthy and happy.
How to use
Eat 10 to 15 beans whenever you want to feel energised and happy! Cacao Beans go well in trail mix, especially with Goji Berries, Really Raw Cashews and Incan Berries.
Try eating them as part of a trail mix first thing in the morning; it gives the ultimate kick start to the day! If you're like us, you might find that you don't need to eat again until mid-day...
Raw Cacao Beans contain 10 grams of flavonol antioxidants per 100 grams, which is an incredible 10%. Research has also demonstrated that the antioxidants in cacao are highly stable and easily available to human metabolism. In the adjacent table you can see that our Loving Earth Raw Chocolate has more antioxidants than Goji Berries and Acai Berries. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture to measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which normally cause cell and tissue damage. The higher the ORAC score, the higher the level of antioxidants present in the food.
Cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine (PEA), four well-studied neurotransmitters, which are associated with feelings of well being and help alleviate depression. Both PEA and Anandamide (the bliss chemical) are found in abundance in the brains of happy people and are particularly released when we are feeling happy. Both of these nuerotransmitters are present in raw cacao in large enough quanitities to affect the brain and lift our moods. Cacao also contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that keep neurotransmitters in the bloodstream for longer without being broken down.
We have all experienced the positive feelings associated with eating chocolate, now we have access to pure raw unadalterated chocolate in the form of Organic Raw Cacao. This is much more potent than the processed chocolate and doesn't have any sugar or dairy products blocking the positive effects of all the goodies in raw cacao. My experience is that eating 11 Raw Cacao Beans is enough to experience a blissful sense of well being.
About Loving Earth
Loving Earth is a Melbourne based company dedicated to sourcing and manufacturing the highest quality organic, fairly traded and wild crafted functional foods available. We work with small producer communities around the world to provide healthy, sustainable & fair ingredients, which we use to handcraft our unique range of raw chocolate bars and superfood snacks.
Having established long-term relationships with several indigenous cooperatives, our aim is to help them add as much value as possible to their raw products at the point of origin.
Loving Earth is based on the philosophy that the earth is a living organism, a concept that James Lovelock popularised with his “Gaia theory”. The very same idea is at the heart of many indigenous cultures around the world. This philosophy creates an immense respect for our environment as well as our own physical bodies as part of that environment.
Eating foods in their pure, minimally processed states, foods that are grown organically in a sustainable way, is one of the most significant ways in which we can live this philosophy. Not only are we nurturing our own health and wellbeing but we are also nurturing the health and wellbeing of our planet.
These are the 3 fundamental principles of Loving Earth and define the strict criteria which we use to source and develop all of our products:
They are sugar, dairy and gluten free.
Are minimally processed, with low temperatures where possible.
There are no artificial additives to any of the products.
Our focus is to source and develop products that are in their optimal nutritional state.
Produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides and herbicides.
Cultivated in such a way as to help restore native ecosystems, prevent erosion and support water conservation.
Use traditional permaculture systems and where possible are shade grown using native canopy species.
Are produced according to Fair Trade standards, that involve producers and workers being paid not only a fair price, but also being empowered with the skills and infrastructure to add as much value to the raw products as possible.
Create healthy environments in which producers and their families live and work.
Re-invest in community infrastructure such as educational, health and other essential services.
A key part of our mission at Loving Earth is to source products from the Indigenous communities where they originated. This supports these unique and special indigenous communities in maintaining their cultural integrity. Most of the functional foods that we source have played a central role in the cultural heritage of the indigenous communities that have cultivated and/or harvested them from the wild ecosystems in which they live.
They are foods that have held special sacred significance for these indigenous cultures due to their life enhancing qualities. By sourcing these products from the indigenous communities that have cultivated them for thousands of years, we provide an environmentally sustainable source of income that also maintains the rituals and way of life that often revolves around the production of these products.
Loving Earth supports the conscious consumer movement by sourcing products that are produced according to specific environmental and social standards. Where possible we work directly with indigenous grower associations around the world and our goal is to inform end consumers of the environmental, social and cultural context in which the products are produced.
We are also working to go beyond the conventional Fair Trade system by empowering indigenous communities to add as much value as possible to their raw materials at the point of origin. This means more money and power is put back into these communities.
Organic Raw Cacao Beans.
Dairy Free , Gluten Free , Organic , Raw , Sugar Free , Vegan , Vegetarian , Wheat Free