If you love chocolate, you’re in luck. Cacao is similar to cocoa (the key ingredient to baking), but it’s processed differently. For instance, cocoa comes from roasted cacao beans while cacao is not roasted. Without high heat processing, it doesn’t lose all of its nutritional benefits like containing 300+ compounds.
Cacao contains catechins, which are disease-fighting compounds that can help stop gum disease. It also helps fight plaque, tooth decay, and cavities because it contains a compound known as CBH which hardens the enamel. Cacao is also healthier to eat than a chocolate bar because it doesn’t contain sugar! Cacao is often consumed in dry fermented nibs or as a powder.