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
Greenville Ave.: Raw cacoa powder.
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.
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