Theobroma cacao in Latin is an evergreen tree found in areas of South America. It gained its popularity mainly due to its fruits. They are seeds that we call cocoa beans. It is these that undergo subsequent treatment and create popular delicacies such as cocoa powder, dark chocolate and other cocoa products.
Thanks to combinations active ingredients of caffeine and theobromine cacao gently stimulates the organism and conjures up a good mood. The presence of amino acids brightens the mind and supports the cognitive functions of the nervous system. Cocoa is categorized as a superfood and thus contributes to the overall harmonization of the body.
Prepare a warm cocoa drink from 1-2 teaspoons of cocoa. Can be watered with water or milk. For seasoning, you can then add honey, cinnamon or other spices. A combination with Maca Peruvian, Ashwagandha or Kolovník is suitable. Cocoa powder can also be added to foods of all kinds, whether in various desserts, confectionery, yogurt, porridge or smoothie.
For a more detailed description of the plant and more information about its effects, history and method of use, visit our Herbarium.
Cocoa products and EU regulations
At the end of 2018, the EU lowered the limit on the permitted level of cadmium (an organic element naturally occurring in soil and vegetation, feeding on such soil) in some products, including cocoa powder. Since the Ecuadorian and Peruvian soils, which are the primary homelands of cocoa, are rich in cadmium, a higher content of this compound is also found in the cocoa tree and its fruits.
Therefore, every modified cocoa product – powder and chocolate products – officially entering the European market – must undergo a process of at least a moderate degree of roasting, which will make it possible to reduce the excessive limit of cadmium so that it meets the legislative standard. Therefore, there is currently no cocoa powder on the European market that is 100% unroasted.
Although it is still a natural product, with minimal treatment, the trade name "unroasted or RAW" has been preserved perhaps across all European retailers. However, we feel obliged to inform you about how the situation is in reality.
This regulation applies only to already modified cocoa products, our cocoa beans, cocoa paste or other cocoa products are still 100% unroasted and retain the full spectrum of active substances.