Aduna Super-Cacao Powder is a better source of antioxidant flavanols than raw cacao powder. Flavanols are potent antioxidants which support healthy blood flow and protect the heart. Super-Cacao Powder is a high-flavanol premium cacao powder. Aduna's unique blend contains cacao powder from cacao beans that have been specially selected for their high-flavanol content. An innovative and gentle roasting process ensures the powder retains at least twice more flavanols than regular cacao powder. Cacao flavanols help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, contributing to normal blood flow. It is also rich in mood-boosting compounds, protein, fibre, antioxidants and a source of magnesium and potassium, supporting a wide range of benefits from skin health to reduced anxiety.
Benefits of Aduna Super Cacao:
- A best food for Cardiovascular Health
- Elasticity of Arteries
- A best food for Healthy Blood Circulation
- A best food for Skin
- Cacao powder due to its rich antioxidant content also helps give you radiant, younger-looking skin. Aduna Super-Cacao has a rich, chocolate taste
Additional Benefits of Aduna Super-Cacao powder:
- Is 100% natural
- Supports small producers in rural Africa
- Is free from dairy, wheat, gluten and sugar
- Contains no preservatives or additives
- A good nutritional source of magnesium and iron
- Good for children
- Suitable for vegetarians/ vegans
Our in-house pharmacist, Shabir Daya has written an article about Super-Cacao Powder:
Directions: As a food supplement, to support normal blood flow, take 20 grams per day, or as directed by your healthcare professional. To make a delicious drink, mix into a paste with a little liquid before topping up your glass. Sweeten to taste.
High-flavanol cacao powder, Ghanaian single-origin cacao powder.
Aduna Cacao Nutritionals:
Per Serving (20g) Per 100g
Energy 249kJ / 60kcal 1334kJ / 321kcal
Fat 2g 11g
Of which: Saturates 1g 7g
Carbohydrates 3g 17g
Of which: Sugars <1g 1g
Fibre 7g 33g
Protein 4g 22g
Salt 0g 0g
Potassium 305mg 5% 1526mg 76%
Magnesium 99mg 26% 495mg 132%
Phosphorus 148mg 21% 738mg 105%
Calcium 26mg 3% 130mg 16%
What is Cacao?
The word cacao comes from the Latin name for the cacao tree, or cocoa tree as it is sometimes known, which is Theobroma Cacao. Cacao is commonly used to describe the cacao tree, its fruits, beans or a nutrient-rich superfood powder which is made from processed cacao beans. Cacao powder is essentially the purest form of chocolate you can eat. Cacao trees grow in the hottest and most humid climates around the equator in South America, Asia and Africa. Our cacao comes from West Africa, which is home to 70% of the world’s cocoa supply.
How is Cacao Powder made?
Cacao trees bear large melon-sized fruits called cacao pods. When the pods are ripe, they are opened to reveal rows of cacao beans covered in a white pulp. The pulp is removed and the beans are fermented, dried and cleaned before processing. The processing of cacao beans into powder involves gently roasting the beans to remove bacteria and bring out the flavour while keeping as many of the nutrients as possible. The high flavanol beans in Aduna Super-Cacao are roasted at very low temperatures using an innovative process to retain maximum flavanol content. Once roasted, the beans are then ground and milled leaving a pure cacao powder which can be added to breakfasts, smoothies, baking and more,
What is the difference between cacao powder and cocoa powder?
Cocoa usually refers to a powder that has been processed differently to cacao powder - it is often heated to higher temperatures and alkalised to give it a more mass-market flavour. Typically, cocoa powder will contain added sugars and sometimes milk powders whereas cacao powder is 100% natural with minimal processing - the purest and most natural form of chocolate you can eat. Read more in our article cacao vs cocoa. The word cacao is also used when referring to the tree or the beans.
What is Aduna Super-Cacao?
Aduna Super-Cacao is a premium, nutrient-rich cacao powder with a deliciously rich chocolatey flavour. It is a unique blend of two cacao powders - a high flavanol cacao made from specially-selected high flavanol beans and a single origin cacao sourced from small-scale producers in Ghana. Flavanols are a type of plant-based antioxidant that support healthy blood flow in the body. Aduna Super-Cacao Powder is also rich in plant protein and fibre and a source of electrolytes magnesium and potassium, so it is highly nutritious! Try it mixed in smoothies or shakes, sprinkled on your breakfast or use it to make a healthy hot chocolate.
Is Aduna Super-Cacao raw?
Technically speaking, there is no such thing as 'raw' cacao powder as all cacao beans need to be roasted at a sufficient temperature to remove any bacteria and bring out the chocolate flavour. Without any form of heat treatment, pathogens and bacteria will not be killed and may remain active in the cacao. As Aduna Super-Cacao is roasted very lightly and over a long period of time, it is as natural and ‘raw’ as can be.
What does Aduna Super-Cacao taste like?
Aduna Super-Cacao has a delicious luxuriously rich, chocolatey flavour. Perfect for mixing into smoothies, shakes, desserts or breakfasts or using in your favourite baking recipes. To make a healthy hot chocolate, mix 2-4 heaped teaspoons with hot milk and sweeten to taste. We like to add a couple of drops of vanilla essence or a shake of cinnamon to ours. Check out our article on 4 easy ways to use Super-Cacao for more #cacaolicious ideas.
What is the difference between Aduna Super-Cacao and other cacao powder?
Aduna Super-Cacao is the first cacao powder scientifically proven and verified by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to support heart health. The heart health benefits of Super-Cacao are thanks to its exceptionally high flavanol content. Flavanols are a type of plant-based antioxidant that support normal blood flow, cardiovascular health and circulation. Aduna Super-Cacao is also a rich source of plant protein and fibre and a source of potassium and magnesium. It also supports the creation of sustainable livelihoods for small-scale producers in Ghana.
What are flavanols?
Flavanols are a type of polyphenol (plant-based antioxidants) that are present in cacao beans. When these natural, bioactive components are consumed at sufficient quantities daily, they can have a beneficial effect on the elasticity of the blood vessels, supporting: heart health, blood flow and circulation (great for those who suffer from cold hands and feet!) To reap the heart health benefits, take 4 heaped teaspoons (20g, 200mg flavanols) a day. Try it mixed into hot or cold milk and sweetened to taste for a delicious drink or get creative in the kitchen and add to breakfasts, snacks and baking.
What are the health benefits of Aduna Super-Cacao?
Thanks to its high flavanol content, Aduna Super-Cacao is scientifically proven to support heart health. It is one of only a handful of foods in the world approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to carry a health claim on the packaging. Taking 20g Super-Cacao daily is proven to support healthy blood flow, overall cardiovascular health and circulation. Healthy blood flow is crucial to our overall health, ensuring a healthy supply of nutrients, oxygen and water to all our vital organs. Super-Cacao is also rich in plant protein - perfect for those looking to up their protein intake and for vegans and vegetarians who may not be getting enough in their diet. Super-Cacao contains over 30% fibre, which can help improve digestive function and keep you fuller for longer. It is also a source of magnesium and potassium and is exceptionally high in antioxidants.
How can Aduna Super-Cacao help with skin health?
With an ORAC value of 97,428 Umol TE per 100g, Aduna Super-Cacao is bursting with skin-loving antioxidants. It has 80x more antioxidants than green tea and 15x more than blueberries. Antioxidants boost the production of collagen, help neutralise the damaging effects of free radicals on the skin and counteract signs of ageing. In an independent study, after 6 weeks of consuming the high flavanol cacao powder in Aduna Super-Cacao, skin hydration was shown to improve by 21%. Skin hydration is an important factor in maintaining the general appearance of smooth, soft skin and a healthy, glowing complexion.
How much Super-Cacao do I need to take to get the benefits?
To reap the heart health benefits of Aduna Super-Cacao, we recommend having 4 heaped teaspoons (20g) per day. Thanks to its delicious, chocolatey taste, it is very easy to add into your daily routine. Try it mixed into hot or cold milk and sweeten to taste (make a paste first to avoid lumps before topping up your glass - or use a whisk to make it nice and frothy).
How do I use Aduna Super-Cacao powder?
Aduna Super-Cacao has a rich, chocolatey flavour which makes it ideal for mixing into shakes, smoothies, healthy hot chocolates, sprinkling onto cereal, yoghurt or muesli…. wherever your imagination takes you! Think of it as a nutritious alternative to cocoa powder - simply substitute cocoa for Super-Cacao in your baking recipes.
Where is Aduna Super-Cacao produced?
Aduna Super-Cacao is a blend of two cacao powders. One is a premium, high flavanol cacao which mostly comes from West Africa. The second is a luxuriously rich cacao sourced and processed by small-scale producers in Ghana, ensuring that the additional income streams remain within the country. It is blended and packed in the UK.
Can I buy Super-Cacao from another brand?
Super-Cacao is Aduna’s own blend - there is no identical product on the market. Aduna Super-Cacao is a 100% natural, unique blend of two premium cacao powders, including an exceptionally high-flavanol cacao and a luxuriously rich cacao sourced from small-scale producers in Ghana. Every purchase contributes to creating sustainable incomes for rural African households. The social impact of our Super-Cacao, combined with its delicious flavour and incredible health benefits, is what gives it its 'super' status.
Is Aduna Super-Cacao organic?
Aduna Super-Cacao is not certified organic. This is because it is made from high-flavanol cacao beans and unfortunately, the trees that these beans grow on are occasionally in an area that is not certified organic. Despite not being certified organic, our Super-Cacao is 100% natural and free from any pesticides. It is also vegan, contains no additives, preservatives or added sugar and is gluten and dairy free.
Will I get the same benefits if I use Aduna Super-Cacao for baking?
It is likely that if the flavanols in Aduna Super-Cacao are exposed to a very high heat, e.g. 200C for a long period of time, the efficacy of the flavanols would be slightly reduced. However, most of the benefits, including the protein and fibre will still be intact. To reap the heart health benefits of the flavanols in full we recommend adding it to hot dishes after cooking where possible - stirring it into sauces or sprinkling onto porridge before serving.
Can people suffering from high blood pressure take the recommended dose of Aduna Super- Cacao as well as their prescribed blood pressure medication?
As cacao is a natural food, there should be no problem with taking it in combination with blood pressure-reducing medicines. Flavanol excesses are excreted by the human body in an entirely natural way. However, as with any dietary changes, it is always worth contacting your doctor or dietician for individual recommendations.
What is the caffeine content of Aduna Super-Cacao?
A typical serving of Aduna Super-Cacao (20g/4 heaped teaspoons) will provide approx. 80mg of caffeine. For comparison, a cup of coffee contains between 50 and 150mg caffeine.
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