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i went on an all cacao diet for one week where i ate cacao, water (and some minimal amounts of other foods) the results were very intense. When eating around a pound, or a pound and a half, i felt like i was in heaven and met many intersting people, who i felt i truly loved as people. My body would occasionally shake in pleasure and my the mornings would seem like dreams while the nights would seem more like incredible adventures probably due to the fact that i had more energy durring this time. I explained this feeling to some friends of mine in a more "in depth" way and they decided to try it for themselves. One of them had done the drug ecstacy a few times and after eating around a pound told me (with a large grin) that the feeling was almost identicle. Cacao is one of the most complex foods known to man. It contains many compounds including; Anandamide (which is beggining to be known in the science world as the bliss chemical), Dopamine (increases mental concentracion as well as dampers the feeling of hunger) PEA (the same chemical released by our brains when we are in love), Seratonin (anti stress neurotransmitter, MDMA (ecstacy)causes the brain to generate seratonin), Tryptophan (an anti depresscent, needed in the creation natural seratonin in the brain), and MAO inhibitors which allow these neurotransmitters to flow throughout the brain and body for a longer amount of time and faster. And much much more. It is also very good for the heart and liver.... reasearch it, or try eating a pound and you will understand. And I personally experienced no "come down" . I went up very fast and came down to a point above where i had started. And after this I felt i had a new understanding on life so i felt satisfaction even after there was no more traces of cacao in my body. this is just a personal experience although i have done much research on the subject.

Posted by Patrick on April 26, 2006 5:22 PM

I am after the antioxidants more than the stimulants, but I do not object to feeling good. I am eating cacao nibs mixed 50/50 with dried Goji berries, right now. The berries are chewy and provide ample sweetness. Trail mix of the gods!

Posted by Tilia on February 5, 2007 2:37 PM

I eat raw chocolate every day...for breakfast and dessert. I use it for the fiber, the protein, and of course...the anti-oxidants. Cacao beans are one of the richest source of anti-oxidants on the planet! 7 times the anti-oxidant power of the regular store bought dark chocolate! 80 pounds of blueberries equals one jar of Raw Chocolate goodness. It is super high in sulphur and is truly a beautifying food inside and out. I just now researched if there was such a thing as too much raw chocolate... because I have not noticed anything negative...and it is soo yummy that I wonder if there is such a thing as too much. That is how I was led here. But still...I have not found any kind of evidence that what I am doing is bad. It seems quite good actually! I have not experienced any kind of mind is extremely happy all of the time. In fact...I think I smile 50% more than I used to! Which is a lot because I LOVE to smile!! :)

Plus every day I am making new and exciting dishes with my raw chocolate nibs, powder, beans and what have you. I like to mix some kind of fruit in the morning...mangoes are honey needed...they are perfectly sweet on their own. Or of course coconut butter...raw chocolate and coconut butter are a match made in heaven! At night I'll mix some kind of nut butter, maca, carob...about an hour before bed. It has never made me stay mind is just brimming with love for life! It is a very different feeling than other caffeinated products. I'm always glowing..perhaps that has something to do with the flavanoids in raw chocolate...that absorb UV light helping to protect my skin.

I'm a firm believer...tried and true. That raw chocolate is extremely good for you!!


Posted by Katie on June 2, 2007 6:12 PM

It's safe to say that I am pro-raw cacoa. I've been on a 5# bag for about a month now and enjoy the feeling like it's always going to be there. After my initial purchase of 8oz. I quickly got the feeling that I didn't want to go long without my chocolate.

Yes, it has a touch of drug-like qualities. But that's life. Maybe for those who don't like any ZOW! in their nibblins, a warning could be spread around or placed on packages. But for me, I sometimes use it like coffee or like wine. It can relax or stimulate, depending on what you want to get from it.

That's that,

Chris (pro-chocolate)

ps. I do the goji & cacoa trail mix too. Love it. Keep it in the car sometimes.

Posted by chris on September 20, 2007 12:57 PM

I don't think it's meant to be eaten as much. It's definately not tasty on its own, and I believe it's for a reason. I've had negative effects from it, same as with alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. I believe it's equally addictive and it makes sense why those who rave about it all the time act a bit strange! It's a powerful stimulant aka drug. Handle with care.

Posted by Loulou on October 12, 2007 8:14 PM

My first response is to "lokki" regarding drinking coffee. You are correct that the consumption of coffee is pervasive and long-lived, but new information suggests that brewing coffee is what brings out the acids, destroys the antioxidants and nutritional qualities, just like cooking food. It's way better to consume raw cacao and get the excellent nutrition the God put there in the first place. In my drug days I remember hearing that people in South American chewed raw coca leaves like gum, and it blew my mind. Well, duh, it's completely different than snorting processed, cut cocaine! I personally don't care for the texture (grittiness) of nibs, but since I bought a pound, I have to figure a way to use them. Put some in my green smoothie this morning. However, the powder is outrageously wonderful! I made a paste with a little agave nectar, coated soaked pecans in it and chilled them. God please help me to only eat a few at a time! Please! I'm in heaven! If there are any negative side effects of raw cacao (lots of Web sites) I DON'T WANNA KNOW!

Posted by MissMaxx on October 26, 2007 9:23 AM

We have a cacao plantation in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Breakfast almost every morning consists of a bowl of fresh fruit with granola, yogurt, and cacao on top. It is a great way to start the day. Cacao tastes great raw as a snack. And the yogurt and fruit sweeten the cacao naturally making it not bitter. It is bitter chocolate-no sugar added and the healthiest for you in that state. We also make all kinds of foods with it. We are making Shepherd Island Chocolate Chili for the Chili Cookoff this Saturday. We make fudge, brownies, syrups, and everything else chocolate brings to mind. But, these desserts are not good for you, they taste good. They are full of sugar. Of course, the sugar here is OK too as it is not so refined. Anyway, we grow it, it starts as a fruit, and we love it. Check out our website and take a vacation to really see the process of chocolate while enjoying the beauty of the Caribe. Our website is

Posted by Kelly on April 10, 2008 5:22 PM

There are so many web sites to choose from and I very much would like to try cacao nibs..does anyone know of a site that offers the best, purest forms of cacao nibs?

Posted by Sandy on July 31, 2008 5:22 AM

My doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure and high cholesterol four years ago in 2004. I was put on blood pressure medication and it reduced my bp slightly. My wife came back from a trip to England with cocoa nibs which I thought tasted terrible. I read about raw cocoa nibs and started mixing them in smoothies in large quantities. Delicious! And they made me feel good,I never liked caffeine but this was a different effect. Long story short I quit taking the bp medication and and my bp seemed normal. I now enjoy raw nibs often and my last bp numbers were 106 over 66 the lowest ever. Does it have anything to do with raw cacao, I don't know the caffeine seemed to reduce my appetite so I also lost 15 pounds. This was the only changes in my diet and lifestyle so for me it seems to be beneficial both for health and mood enhancement.

Posted by Douglas Taylor on September 28, 2008 10:23 AM

THIS! is how you eat raw cacao nibs...I enjoy them for my breakfast everyday - but beware they are addictive! I toast a piece of bread (the denser the better - Healthy Delites Org. dark spelt bread is my preferred)...then spread some raw agave on the warm toast...then shake some raw chocolate powder on top of the agave..shake off excess...then sprinkle generous amounts of raw cacao nibs on top...oh my God - delicious!!! My favourite food of the moment

Posted by holly on November 11, 2008 12:17 PM

I actually like the taste of raw nibs. I put them in cereal in the morning, which is usu. some sort of muesli with fresh fruit. I don't find them too bitter at all.

I also like hot cocoa made with just pure cocoa powder in hot water. Maybe it's just me, but if you leave sugar out you may get to prefer the real taste of cocoa, as I do... There's a doctor who studied the Kuna tribes off Panama, who thinks cacao should be recognised as a vitamin.

Posted by Tom on December 10, 2008 10:03 AM

Raw Cocoa IS a super food. It IS better than natural dark chocolate. Go to and look it up. As a snack, I drink 4-6 ounces of red wine almost daily, along with a small square of 100 cocoa chocolate. Natural fat burner, antioxidant, no sugar, fiber, protein ... I'm glad I can set the record straight.

Posted by Giovanni on March 19, 2009 3:01 PM

Thanks for all the helpful thoughts and experiences! I can certainly attest to cacao being a stimulant: I had no idea, and while I was tired and a little cranky earlier this evening, after munching on just a little bit of the stuff I'm still awake and feeling very good -- not in an altered state at all, just alert and positive. I'll be making nibs a regular part of my diet, that's for sure.

Posted by Noah on April 7, 2009 10:22 PM

The comments on this subject were great. They were balanced in terms of pro and con and both, honest, informative and even a little unorthodox. Great! I read that cacao and anything with chocolate is bad for you. Any sweeping statement like that can't be taken seriously. I have no doubt cacao is bad and good for humans depending on the person. I suffer from depression and man, these made me feel great! I don't feel addicted but it's nice to know when I need some intervention, I can eat some cacao vs. taking medication. I am not even suggesting this for one other person, just reporting how it feels for me. THis could change, it could have a negative effect, the point is keep your eyes open with any supplement or food! Things can change.

Posted by Karen on April 17, 2009 2:08 PM

Hey, can anyone answer this... are nibs, crushed roasted cacao beans?
If so, how can the nibs be considered raw if nibs are basically pieces of cacao beans that have been roasted, hulled and prepped?

Posted by Notrandom on July 19, 2009 1:17 PM

Cacao Nibs are at least roasted in the sun. They may be roasted on very low heat in an oven also. Ours are all roasted in the sun but we sell them two ways always as whole beans with thin shell either as sunroasted only or sun and oven roasted. They are easier to shell in this humid environment if also roasted on very low heat in the oven for about 20 minutes. Remember, cacao is a fruit. True raw cacao is very sour and the bean is inedible plus it has different properties in fruit form. The fruit contains beans or seeds which are removed and fermented in its own sour baba(goo:)for a few days and then set on drying racks in the sun for a few days. They can be roasted further in the oven to dry them more or achieve a different texture or flavor. You can see pictures of this on our website at Cacao is only grown on a certain belt of earth above the equator. Its origins came from here in Central America and Mexico.

Posted by Kelly on July 28, 2009 8:00 AM

there isn't enough caffeine in raw cacao to even notice a difference regardless of your tolerance. I personally never drink coffee or anything and when i started using cacao nothing changed. but it's true. you can look it up. it would take 1lb of it at least to notice even a slight bit of energy from it. good article though

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