Cocoa / Cacao Nibs

Clean Keto Ingredient

What is Cocoa?

Cocoa comes from fermented cocoa beans harvested from the cacao tree (aka Theobroma cacao), which is native to tropical climates like Central and South America. The cocoa beans or seeds are cleaned and roasted to bring out their deep flavor. The outer shells are then removed, and what remains is what’s commonly called cocoa or cacao nibs.

What does Alkalized or processed with alkali mean? Cocoa powder processed with alkali is also known as the dutch process. Dutch process means it has been chemically manipulated to reduce acidity! This is an important process that does a few things. First, it will make the cocoa darker, and second, it gives it a more rich flavor. (Read more about it here)

Keto Status?



Low in carbs and full of health benefits including:

  • Rich in Magnesium, Potassium, Copper & Manganese
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Promotes lower blood pressure
  • Decreases insulin resistance
  • Prevents cognitive decline
  • Promotes better mood, less fatigue & lower depression
  • Helps balance electrolytes
  • Promotes better dental health

Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Cocoa or Cacao Nibs?

N/A if no allergies are present.


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