Raw cacao has unique substances that increase and balance all the neurotransmitters in the brain and make people feel like they got a dozen free hugs. These are denatured when improperly processed and heated. I buy 10 lbs. of raw organic cocao powder from a reputable company for $109 shipped. I put 45 grams and some other goodies in a gallon of water and drink 1 pint every 2 hours.
Raw cacao is a good source of copper, for those who are copper deficient or seeking a natural source of copper. Copper is important for many body functions, a lack of copper can be often confused with iron deficiency as both show symptoms of anaemia and supplementing with high doses of Vitamin C, iron and Zinc can cause a copper deficiency as it offsets the copper balance unless you are also supplementing with plenty of copper that is bio available, I recommend natural sources of vitamins as supplements have different molecular structure and for the most part synthetic.
I'm not a doctor and not giving medical advice.
(Crescent City, CA)
I am using 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder with 1 cup warm milk at night. I gave up Losartan BP meds. My Bp is now normal.
Do any of you use raw cacao powder? I can't believe how much better it tastes than the regular cocoa powder from the store that I have used all of my life.
Supposedly raw cacao powder has more nutrients than the processed stuff. (Makes sense to me! )
Here are a couple of recipes:
My 5 year old's favorite breakfast - he calls it "Chocolate Museli"
- 1/2 cup dry quick oats
- 1 teaspoon raw sugar
- 1 teaspoon cacao powder
- pinch of salt
Mix together. Pour milk onto it, or kefir or yogurt. Mix and eat.
This is also good with sliced bananas or blueberries in it.
Chocolate Banana Milkshake
- 2 ripe bananas, frozen and broken into chunks
- 1.5 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
- 2 T. raw sugar
- 2 cups milk, kefir or yogurt.
Blend together in a blender until smooth. Add more milk if it is too thick for your taste. Add more banana if you want it thicker.
My children love this for a snack on a warm afternoon.
~Mama to Many~