These are RAW cacao beans, (not to be confused with coco or chocolate) and have been eating them for 6+ years.
⚫️What is it?
Cacao beans are roasted and ground to produce cocoa and, after further processing, are the basis of chocolate. When the beans are dried at low temperature, however, they are called RAW cacao beans, which can be consumed whole, broken into pieces called nibs or ground to produce raw cocoa powder.
Unlike processed dark chocolate, antioxidants are preserved in raw cacao. Researchers compared the antioxidant capacity of black tea, green tea, red wine and cocoa, concluding that cocoa has the highest antioxidant activity among the four products and the greatest potential for health benefits. In addition to removing free radicals, antioxidants also help decrease inflammation that can contribute to arthritis and other diseases.
The world’s oldest human being to have ever lived (that was officially documented) was Jeanne Louise Calment of France. She lived to be 122 and many say that one of her secrets to longevity was her consumption of 2.5 pounds of bitter dark chocolate a week. The third “official” oldest person ever to have lived was Sarah Knauss, who also regularly enjoyed the health benefits of chocolate, although not in as large quantities as Jeanne!
Health food stores carry the whole bean (whole foods, sprouts, iHerb, Amazon, etc)