The cacao bean is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao which is from the family Malvaceae.
Cacao powder is naturally sugar free and tastes somewhat bitter in this powdered form. Once your taste buds have experienced this heavenly treat you'll see why serious chocolate lovers believe it is so much more flavorful than processed chocolate.
Cacao and cannabis (yes marijuana) are the only two plants known to contain cannabinoids, chemicals that unlock specific receptors in the brain. This results in the feeling of being high or elated. Cacao contains anandamide inhibitors. The body will often release anandamide to cope with the pain of intense exercise (this is what runners describe as runners high). Cacao also contains high levels of the essential amino acid tryptophan. Getting tryptophan into your system from food produces serotonin which is our "defense shield" against stress. Cacao has been tested to have the highest level of antioxidant flavonoids in any food - more than blueberries, black tea, green tea and red wine. So cacao helps you feel good while combating stress - but best of all it tastes great.