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The Raw Cacao Controversy

From: Abby Cahn A.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 9:29 AM
Dear Conscious Community,

There is a great buzz going around the raw food community right now  
about cacao that has been labeled and promoted as "raw" actually  
being processed at temperatures in the 200 - 300 degree Farenheit  
range. I have always been wary of any chocolate that makes me  
noticeably jittery. When I discovered Radical Health's chocolate  
products, I could tell immediately that their cacao was vastly  
superior for my desired outcome of feeling consistently great and  

Given that there is a lot of questioning going on about who's cacao  
is "truly raw", I went straight to the source and asked David Favor,  
of Radical Health, from whom I buy and distribute my cacao products.  
He sent me the following information and recorded two great audios,  
which I highly recommend.

Here's David's response to my query about whether or not Chocolate  
Bliss is made with "truly raw" cacao:

>      I'd first refer people to the audio I published over the weekend:
>         Choosing Super Foods 101
>         http://RadicalHea...­
>      Also keep in mind many "Raw Cacao" products are better served  
> going on
>      people's gardens, rather than in their mouth.
>      Also "Truly Raw" means different things to different people.
>      My suggestion is people clarify their desired outcome then  
> find people
>      living their desired outcome and model their daily activities.  
> So people
>      desiring Super Foods which support continual use (most  
> products fail here
>      as they produce odd side effect, especially Cacao) then our  
> products may
>      work well for them.
>      The chamber temp on the press we use runs around 100 degrees.  
> And this
>      varies based on many factors.
>      The true tail is in taste and effect. If a product tastes  
> burned then it
>      is and if a product tastes clean and sharp, then it's more Raw.
>      -David

Please feel free to email me with questions and comments. Come to a  
meetup (see link below) and try Chocolate Bliss for yourself. It's  
been my core food for about a year now. I was raw for nine years and  
was already feeling great. Adding Chocolate Bliss and a few other key  
Radical Health products really upped my game. :-)

Enjoy the best day ever,
Abby Cahn Anton

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