Rainforest Foods Organic Cacao Powder is extraordinarily rich in antioxidants, even more so than Acai berry. Cacao beans Optimum nutrition are retained.
Cacao is the base for chocolate manufacture. However, in its own right it is a truly remarkable food. It is packed with antioxidants and other phytonutrients, to make a powerful and delicious contribution to a healthy diet. For too long this amazing nutritional phenomenon has been ignored, hidden behind the fat and sugar of its processed relative, chocolate. However, awareness of its remarkable nutritional profile is growing, and increasing numbers of people are putting this fantastic food at the core of a healthy diet. Rainforest Foods uses only Criollo Cacao, often referred to as the `Queen of Cacao` for its high quality.
Cacao powder is lightly processed, to remove its fat content. This results in slightly less nutrition than beans or nibs, as a trade off for its low-fat status.
Rainforest Foods Cacao is produced by organic growers in Peru. It is harvested by hand as pods. These are broken apart and allowed to ferment. The pulp surrounding the beans that ferments and eventually runs away as liquid. This process has a chemical effect on the beans, reducing their bitterness. The beans are then washed and disinfected, before being dried. Dried beans are peeled and their cores extracted, to be broken into pieces or ‘nibs’. The result is then packed ready for distribution.
Certified by the Soil Association, one of a handful of organic certification bodies in the UK. These are regulated in their turn by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). The role of the Soil Association is to ensure that all foods sold as organic are definably so. It does this by auditing every stage of the supply chain, through growth, export and processing. Soil Association certification – indicated by the Soil Association logo and the EU organic leaf symbol on our packaging – is a guarantee that our customers are purchasing an organic product. All organically-certified products must also carry a certification code on their packaging. For UK companies such as Rainforest Foods this has the format GB-ORG-XX, XX indicating the certifying body. If this is not present, a product is not organic. The Soil Association code on our products is GB-ORG-05.