|(Theobroma cacao) (a.k.a. Cocoa) Native to South America, cacao is now primarily cultivated in West Africa. Nibs are the result of cacao beans after they have been roasted, cracked and de-shelled. Used in cooking and for snacking, they are usually ground into a thick paste (chocolate liquor). Cacao nibs are high in flavonoids and antioxidants and are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Mentioned in ancient medical texts, cacao was used medicinally to stimulate the appetite and nervous system as well as to improve digestion. Cacao nibs are recommended for people looking to benefit from its healthful properties as opposed to processed chocolate. |
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