Claire Grady

By Claire Grady

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Cacao Vs Cocoa

Have you ever wondered what the different between Cacao and Cocoa was? read below to find out!


Cacao (pronounced Ka-Kow) is one of nature's most potent antioxidant superfoods. It is the core ingredient of chocolate and when consumed in its raw unprocessed state, is extremely rich in nutrients and health benefits.

Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw, slightly bitter in taste and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars. Cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants and magnesium of all foods.

Cacao Butter is the fattiest part of the fruit and makes up the outer lining of the inside of a single cacao bean. It is white in color and has a rich, buttery texture that resembles white chocolate in taste and appearance.

Cacao Nibs are simply cacao beans that have been chopped up into edible pieces, much like chocolate chips without the added sugars and fats. Cacao nibs contain all of the fiber, fat, and nutrients that the cacao bean does.


Cocoa is the term used to refer to the heated form of cacao that most of  us probably grew up buying at the store and most readily available in the form of cocoa powder.

Though cocoa in some ways may seem inferior to raw cacao it is still a rich source of fibre and has some protein in it as well.  However be sure you buy plain organic cocoa powder, not cocoa mixes which often contain sugar.