Raw Cacao Questions
More and more we hear about how dark chocolate has many health benefits. If one consumes Raw Organic Cacao Power (in a smoothie or something), does that contain all the health benefits without any added ingredients? (aka sugar, etc). Thanks! (more)
That is the basic ingredient in chocolate bars, etc. I like to grind it fresh from the nibs.
Finely grind them and mix with some GF butter or coconut oil and some honey for a great homemade dark chocolate. Freshly ground I eat them with a spoon and some almond butter.
Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa makes me anxious. Raw Cacao does not make me anxious. Or so it seems. Does one have caffeine and the other not, or do they both contain caffeine?
These two seem to differ. http://www.morethanalive.com/Cacao-Organic-Raw-Powder?s=cacao http://www.cheftalk.com/t/19794/whats-difference-between-cacao-powder-and-cocoa-powder (more)
I have heard conflicting opinion on whether raw cacao is safe - One quote reads: "No animal in nature will eat it unless tricked into it with milk or sugar. If you can convince an animal to eat it then it greatly shortens their life span if it... (more)
I usually make 3 oz 100 % dark chocolate bars with 9 tablespoons organic raw cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons coconut oil. The thing is, coconut oil is expensive as hell. Do you think it will still taste good with unsalted butter instead of coconut... (more)
I read amazing benefits of consuming raw cacao, then come across reading the negative effects of cacao. I don't know which side I should stand on. Testimonials speak volumes, and maybe I should guinea pig myself with cacao, but has anyone out... (more)
Regarding any form of cacao: My mood noticeably improves when I include cocoa powder or dark chocolate. Also, this is less scientific, but my exercise recovery sucked more during the times when I wasn't including these in my diet, so I associate... (more)