NU Cacau

cacauNative to the Amazon region, the cacau tree (Theobroma cacao) has long been of extreme importance both for its nutritious fruit, for the production of chocolate, and for its social value, since the cocoa bean was used as a means of exchange prior to the European colonisation of South America.

The golden-red to purple cacau pods grow on a tree that bears fruit all year round. The natives of South America traditionally fermented cacau juice to make a type of wine.

Following recent improvements in technology and cold logistics in the Amazon region, the appeal and consumption of cacau pulp has broadened considerably, with the growing market for this fruit providing a much needed boost to the region’s impoverished economy.

In Brazil, cacau juice is considered regarded as being especially beneficial for children owing to its high content of calcium, vitamins A and B complex, and proteins. In general it is considered a fortifier and stimulant, as well as a revitalizing and energy promoting food. In addition, cacau also contains a high level of pectin (found typically in some fruits and vegetables such as apples). This soluble fibre is highly beneficial for health, since it acts to limit the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs thereby controlling the level of cholesterol accumulation in the bloodstream.

Avaliable in: 18kg pails or 1kg pots

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Highly energetic and rich in nutrients

Important source of Vitamin B The B vitamins are eight water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. They often work together to deliver a number of health benefits to the body. B vitamins have been shown to: Support and increase the rate of metabolism, maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, enhance immune and nervous system function, and promote cell growth and division. complex as well as thiamine, ironIron’s main function is to carry oxygen from the lungs to all the cells of the body though its role in creating haemoglobin. Iron can also increase resistance to infection and help the healing process., calciumAdequate calcium intake is vital throughout life, for the healthy maintenance of our bones, for smooth muscle function (including the heart), for blood clotting and for nerve function. and phosphorusPhosphorus is a key element in all known forms of life. It plays a major role in biological molecules such as DNA and RNA where it forms part of the structural framework of these molecules. Living cells also utilize phosphate to transport cellular energy.

Contains pectin, to help reduce cholesterol There are 2 types of cholesterol LDL (bad) and HDL (good): When too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, heart attack or stroke can result. Unlike LDL, HDL actually helps to remove cholesterol from the tissues and delivers it to the liver for excretion. levels

High dietary fibreFibre promotes a healthy digestive system. Low fibre in the western diet is thought to be a contributing factor to the high incidence of cancer and heart disease. Soluble fibres may help lower blood cholesterol; insoluble fibres are thought to help reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers. content

Delicate buttery flavour

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