Not As Good As Youve Been Lead To Believe.
by Paul Nison
The latest and greatest so-called super food being promoted in the raw food world is raw
chocolate, also known as cacao. I myself was excited when I first heard about it. But
after trying it, I didn't feel that great. I asked others how they felt after consuming
cacao and there were no complaints. That was then. After a few months, I started to get
more and more complaints from people who were taking cacao. It didn't surprise me because
chocolate in general is not good for us. Other than the enzyme issue, why would raw cacao
be so healthy for us?
That is when I decided to do research and I found some scary facts. Whats even scarier is
that people are so addicted to it, that even after learning of the high possibility of
harmful effects, they keep consuming it. What concerns me the most is the amount people
are eating. If someone took a pinch, lets say once a week, then maybe they wouldn't have
to worry. When I see people being lead to believe that there are many health benefits to
consuming tablespoons every day; that is just crazy!
If you are eating a raw food
diet because you want to find a natural toxin that will make you feel high, then you have
found a good product. Beware, because there are many downsides to it. If you are eating a
raw diet for health benefits, consuming chocolate in any form should be off your list and
out of your mind.
In one of the best overall raw guides ever written Diet by Design: Fruits, Nuts and
Natural Foods (available at www.rawlife.com) it says the following about cacao:
Chocolate and cacao are outright health hazards due to the chemicals, contaminants, and
additives they contain. The chemicals within chocolate are called methylxanthines. They
can be further classified as theobromine, caffeine, and theophylline, all of which have
deleterious effects on the body. Theobromine is known to cause a host of symptoms
including abnormal glandular growth, nervousness, depression, anxiety, insomnia,
gastrointestinal problems, and itching. Caffeine is highly suspected of being a
carcinogen, and is directly linked to heart and circulatory problems, glandular
difficulties, nervous disorders, osteoporosis, birthing abnormalities, and so forth.
Theophylline causes stomach problems, nausea, vomiting, and nervous disorders.
The processing of cacao beans into powder and chocolate is an unsanitary, risky
procedure to say the least. To be blunt-chocolate and cacao are laced with animal feces
and hair, insects, and molds. The carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin has been found in
large quantities on cacao beans.
Allowable limits have been set by the FDA regarding rodent feces and insect parts in
chocolate and cocoa! As quoted from Poison With a Capital C, every time you eat a
chocolate bar, it may contain a rodent hair and 16 insect parts and still carry the
blessing of the FDA., and For chocolate powder or cakes there must not be more than 75
insect fragments in three tablespoons of powder., and Four percent of cacao beans may be
infested by insects. Animal excreta (such as visible rat droppings) must not exceed 10
milligrams per pound.
Now, after learning this information, people will still continue to indulge, making
excuses to keep eating it. Please note I have no reason to write this information, other
than to make you aware of the truth. In fact, I would make a lot of money if I sold raw
chocolate and products that contain it. But I just cant do that, knowing the truth.
I give lectures all over the world, mostly in the United Stated. I have already giving
over 100 lectures this year alone. Just about every lecture I give, I have someone come up
to me telling me that they experienced one or more of the symptoms above after consuming
cacao. Now if you are eating cacao and have not had symptoms, that doesnt mean its okay
for you. Its just a matter of time, so why not stop now.
It is my passion and my goal to get information about health to as many people as
possible. What you do with that information is your own personal choice.