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Chocolate? Cocoa? Cacao? What’s the difference?!  There’s a lot of talk about chocolate (especially in dark form) being “good” for you. While there are certainly some nutrients to be found buried beneath the sugar in a decadent chocolate bar, the true nutritional benefits of chocolate are better realized in the raw, unprocessed ingredients of that sweet treat. But, again— what’s the difference? Cacao (say it: cuh-COW) is the unprocessed product of the Theobroma Cacao tree. This Amazonian tree produces cacao pods, which hold cacao beans. Those beans are typically roughly chopped or finely ground into cacao nibs or powder. Then, there’s cocoa. This is what you’d enjoy in your average chocolate bar. Unlike cacao, cocoa has been processed to eliminate much of the natural bitterness. Unfortunately, along with the bitterness disappears most of the nutrients. So, what’s the good in making raw cacao a part of your diet? Here are…