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The cacao pods do not dry on the tree as one might imagine from this photo. They are harvested as they ripen, and the pulp and beans are removed. The beans are processed and put out to dry, much the same as coffee.

The cacao pods do not dry on the tree as one might imagine from this photo. They are harvested as they ripen, and the pulp and beans are removed. The beans are processed and put out to dry, much the same as coffee.

Cacao Pods | 4. Cocoa for Diabetes  Eating cocoa for 15 days can reduce the risk in type II diabetic patient. They can get good benefits of eating cocoa hot drink. Isoflavones play an important role in preventing cardiovascular complication in a diabetic patient. Flavones increase production of nitric acid which helps the arteries to relax. (It is not prescribed to eat chocolate with high sugar and fat content. You should always eat raw cacao or dark chocolate)

Cacao Pods | 4. Cocoa for Diabetes Eating cocoa for 15 days can reduce the risk in type II diabetic patient. They can get good benefits of eating cocoa hot drink. Isoflavones play an important role in preventing cardiovascular complication in a diabetic patient. Flavones increase production of nitric acid which helps the arteries to relax. (It is not prescribed to eat chocolate with high sugar and fat content. You should always eat raw cacao or dark chocolate)

Ponche de Cacao | Kuai Nabaida

Ponche de Cacao | Kuai Nabaida

Cacao pod, pulp and beans.  Click through to read about how chocolate (aka cocoa or cacao) is harvested plus healthy, raw, vegan chocolate recipes.

Cacao pod, pulp and beans. Click through to read about how chocolate (aka cocoa or cacao) is harvested plus healthy, raw, vegan chocolate recipes.

Photo Essay: A Chocolate Maker Journeys to the Cacao Source

Photo Essay: A Chocolate Maker Journeys to the Cacao Source

The criollo cocoa beans are taken from inside the cacao pods

The criollo cocoa beans are taken from inside the cacao pods

ripe cacao pods  ~K~ personal favorite for obvious reasons

ripe cacao pods ~K~ personal favorite for obvious reasons

Cacao tree with pods. The cacao pods look like small melons, and the pulp inside contains 20 to 50 seeds or beans.

Cacao tree with pods. The cacao pods look like small melons, and the pulp inside contains 20 to 50 seeds or beans.

cacao bonen

cacao bonen

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