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Be wary of consuming raw cacao powder in excess

A friend of mine makes a killer hot chocolate drink and gives it as gifts to family and friends. Last night I helped myself to her latest batch and was blown out of my coffee mug; it was rich, creamy … and it made me blush.

Today I learned that she was inspired to make this year’s batch using an ingredient she’d learned about from Bliss Raw Café & Elixir Bar in
Dallas, Texas, on

Greenville Ave.:  Raw cacoa powder.

 She procured the ingredient from Whole Foods and went to work making her most delicious hot chocolate mix to date.

Apparently, the owner of Bliss recommended blending raw cacao powder with some of the following ingredients for an unbelievable hot beverage:  raw cashew butter, organic vanilla beans and warm water “Drink sparingly,” she said with a warning, and explained that consuming too much raw cacao powder has physical affects on the body.

She was right. After three cups, my heart was racing, I was sweating a bit … So, what’s the deal with raw cacao powder?

I’ll tell you:  Large amounts of cacao powder have a caffeine-like affect on the body. People may become more alert, get flushed, or sweat a little. But what’s really happening is that the body is having an adrenal response to the stress of eliminating the toxins found in cacao beans. What you experience is actually the body working to establish balance, or homeostasis.

Scared yet? Don’t be. As with anything else in this world, over indulging will make you sick. Next time you decide to switch things up a bit in the kitchen and substitute chocolate or cocoa for raw cacao, know what you’re getting in to.

Me? I’ll continue to drink it, add it to this recipe and that, but I definitely won’t help myself to seconds. 

Points of view on raw cacao: 

Click here to learn more about its health benefits. Click here to read about “raw toxic chocolate.”

Comments

  • Pat 4 years ago

    The Bliss drink is fabulous and will make you feel sooo healthy. Not like a "rush" ... just alert and feeling good. However, you should not drink it everyday if you have kidney problems or get kidney stones! I bought some of the products (online) that Bliss recommends for making the drink at home. You only use one tablespoon per drink ... and you don't drink more than one a day. If you do have kidney problems, you shouldn't drink even one drink a day ... maybe just 2 or 3 a week (and I'm guessing on that last number).

  • Amanda C. Strosahl 4 years ago

    I've never used raw cacoa powder. Thanks for the warning.

    Sims Examiner
    Indianapolis Healthy Living Examiner

  • Betty 4 years ago

    The toxins are not in the cacao bean. The toxins are in your body already and the cocoa drink is flushing those toxins out. So do take it in small amounts and see how your body reacts. Here's to your health.

  • TK_ 3 years ago

    "But what’s really happening is that the body is having an adrenal response to the stress of eliminating the toxins found in cacao beans. What you experience is actually the body working to establish balance, or homeostasis."

    Right, and whats your source on this information?? Doesnt sound very credible. Maybe next time you should do a bit more research and at least state your sources before making major claims like this.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Thank you for this article because I was not aware of what raw cacao powder was until I watch Dr.Oz on TV today and he recommend using this ingredient in Butt Busting Brownies. Thank you again and I will be conscious not to over indulge.

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