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For Life - Caribbean - Cacao beans
Cacao beans commonly known as the cocoa
bean, are the seeds of the tropical cacao fruit. They are
about the size of an almond and the taste is rich, creamy
and full of cacao's complex flavor notes that range from
berry to coffee. Pure cacao beans are an excellent source
of nutritious antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can
boost your energy levels and may help to keep your immune
system functioning at an optimal level.
Shade-grown cacao, grown under mature Moringa
trees which are been grown for the pods and seeds, create
income for farmers without compromising the natural resources.
The tropical trees naturally withstand flooding
and drought, demonstrating a safe choice for growers facing climate
change and grows prolifically in all parts of Africa.
Nearly 70% of the world crop today is grown in West
Africa and it will do very well on our ABCD
Hope Estate, the 275 acre of land that we own in Uganda. On
this land ABCD will be cultivating commercial Moringa and will require
millions of Moringa seeds. To grow shade-grown cacao under the mature
Moringa will make full advantage of the land.
Some information sourced from http://www.foodispower.org/slavery-chocolate/
In recent years, a handful of organizations and journalists have
exposed the widespread use of child labour, and in some cases slavery,
on cocoa farms in Western Africa. Since then, the industry has become
increasingly secretive, making it difficult for reporters to not
only access farms where human rights violations still occur, but
to then disseminate this information to the public. We will NOT
be using child labour on Hope Estate, however it will enable us
to give employment to the many orphans in our care over the age
of 16 years and to the many women in our empowerment programmes.
Antioxidants help fight off premature aging and
even cancers. Think of antioxidants as fire fighters putting out
a blaze. And cacao is one of the sources highest of antioxidants
Flavonoids come from plants they are similar to
antioxidants in that they have a free radical scavenging capacity
and have anti-cancer properties while other flavonoids show potential
for anti HIV function. We get a significant amount from cacao.
A one ounce serving of cacao has 64 milligrams of
magnesium making it one of the best dietary sources of it. Magnesium
is starting to be really recognized as a very key element for the
body as it is involved in hundreds of functions in the body such
• protein synthesis
• muscle and nerve function
• blood glucose control
• blood pressure regulation
Some information sourced from www.lifehack.org