Today I would like to talk about one of the most popular ‘health products’ on the market these days… cacao powder. Here in Australia this product is promoted in health food stores, cafes, and most people who are health conscious and in the new age and raw food areas are extolling the benefits of cacao powder as a health alternative to commercial overly processed cocoa powder. Many people claim benefit upon benefit with this product, and I must admit I went along with this without doing any research whatsoever on it. The first major research I was able to conduct was on my own body!. So, now a little on the backstory with this…
Over the last few months I had a niggling health issue with my liver. Most days I would experience a dull ache, or pains that would come and go, or sometimes just a sensation of discomfort. Now, I know from my metaphysical work that the liver has to do with anger and processing current experiences in life. Now, certainly for me this was pertinent, as over the summer ( Dec-Feb here in OZ) we had record sweltering heat and as a lot of you reading on expansions will I know that I had a house move at this same time, and generally speaking it was quite a stressful time with a lot to ‘get through’. I did have some anger regarding the circumstances of the move and when my liver starting showing these symptoms I assumed that it was just the intensity of the emotional rollercoaster ride that I had been on and I needed to just do some processing and release work round this. Well, I did this and also took extra care of what it was that I was putting into my body at this time.
After much work I found that things weren’t really improving a great deal. I started to question and doubt my skills in being able to process my emotional experiences, and finally I started to really examine what it was I was consuming day to day that might contribute to these experiences. So, after some examination I got down to 2 things that could be a contributor… 1 glass of red wine a day, and/or drinking at least 2 mugs of hot organic cacao a day. I eliminated the red wine and still these symptoms continued. I thought if it is cacao let’s find out a little more about it, knowing that I knew next to nothing about it.
Well, what I found out was pretty amazing. The guy who claims to have first started to mass promote cacao to the western world is Jeremy Safron. Originally he was an advocate, and is now a fierce opponent of it, after conducting his own research. Jeremy is from Hawaii and some years ago he said that a friend of his owned lots of chocolate cacao trees and as they were into raw health foods they started eating the seed pods off the tree. They thought it was pretty cool that they were eating chocolate, and that it was raw, and being free from sugar and other nasties that it must be good! One of his friends who was from Ecuador said, ‘Are you kidding we have these trees everywhere I can get tons of this stuff for you’. So they started organising for this to be sold and packaged abroad. As things started to take off with the sales of this product Jeremy started doing his own research, and he started seeing the health issues in regards to his friends who had been taking it for much longer then he.
Here are his findings:
- Cacao is super toxic to the liver.
- The result of long term use is a high level of liver and blood toxicity which can cause extreme mood swings, angry outbursts, violence, paranoia, dizziness, depression, sexual dysfunction, decreased will, lack of reasoning.
- It is extremely clogging due to the toxins it carries in the oils contained within. Plus the fat chains are highly complex and require tons of work to break down.
- It is a stimulant and agitates the kidneys, adrenal glands, and contributes to insomnia, nightmares, shakes and extreme energy shifts, along with a rapid heartbeat, and difficulties with digestion.
Also, the processing is quite toxic even if purportedly organic. Researcher Paul Nison says..”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 faeces and hair, insects and molds. The carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin has been found in large quantities in cacao beans”
People into healthy and natural living promoting cacao will say that the native peoples ate it all of the time and so by virtue of this it must be good! But, this is nonsense. The native people who consumed cacao did NOT use it for a food source generally speaking, they did eat the fruit part of it occasionally, but the seed part was mainly used for medicinal purposes and ceremony. The seed was also used in ahyuwasca ceremonies, because cacao taken in large doses is a psychedelic. With cacao powder we are consuming both the seed and fruit, and we are told that it is raw but accordingly to some reports this isn’t true either
Now, I have been consuming organic cacao powder daily for about the past 3 years or so, and I can tell you that without explaining every single symptom in detail I can tick the box on just about every one of those above mentioned symptoms. I also read online numerous accounts of people with the same liver complaints in regards to cacao and once they stopped using it their symptoms cleared up.
After reading and researching all of this I decided that I would stop using cacao immediately and see how I go. Within 2 days the uncomfortable liver sensations stopped COMPLETELY. All of the other symptoms that I identified also stopped or calmed down. It seems I have my answer. I will no longer be using this product.
First they told us to stop drinking milk and having dairy and now you can have ‘soy’, and we all know how bad that is. Now, instead of chocolate you can have cacao. In my opinion anything that is mass promoted has a sinister agenda. I am telling you this so you may learn from my experience, and so you can follow up with your own research and decide the best possible pathway for your well being. For me this is also a good reminder on not just blindly trusting anything but do some due diligence with research on everything that goes in my body, and trusting my own inner guidance along the way.