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Preparing your Cacao
Per individual dose, you will need:
20gr (daily dose) or 42 gr (ceremonial dose) of cacao
250 ml of water or any other non-diary milk
Bring water or non-dairy milk to the boil, if you wish to use any herbs or spices place them in the water at the beginning so you can prepare a sort of tea (unless they are in powder from, which in that case you add them after adding the cacao) . Once it has reached the boiling point, turn off the heat and let the herbs and spices infuse the water for 1 minute or so. Remove the spices and then add the cacao and stir until it dissolves, stir well with a mixer until it froths.
It is advised not to use ceremonial dose more than 3 x per week , as 42gms can be heavy on the adrenals.
If you find it too bitter you can add honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup but refined sugar is not recommended.
Bring water or non-dairy milk to the boil and once it is boiling add the cacao and stir until it dissolves, bring the water to simmer and stir till the mixture has thickened. It is advised not to use ceremonial dose more than 3 x per week , as 42gms can be heavy on the adrenals.
CACAO NUTRITION – A single cacao bean contains 54% fat (that’s the cacao butter), 31% carbohydrates (mainly fibre with a tiny amount of sugars), 11% protein (including arginine, glutamine and leucine), 3% polyphenols (flavonoids and proanthocyanins) and less than 1% trace minerals including magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus.
IMPORTANT MEDICAL INFORMATION
Avoid consuming cacao if you are taking high doses of SSRI’s. Cacao releases serotonin, so it works as a mild anti-depressant. When taken with SSRI’s that release serotonin chemically it can lead to serotonin syndrome. Those on low doses of SSRI’s and who drink coffee regularly, start on 10 grams cacao daily, and for the opening ceremony, and see how you get on. If you start having a headache, stop and drink plenty of water.
It is also suggested that pregnant women, people with adrenal fatigue, and people with heart or high blood pressure medication should avoid cacao if they are caffeine sensitive. (However, If you drink coffee, green tea, or black tea, you are able to drink cacao. Still, we always recommend you to check with your Doctor and perhaps start with 10 to 15gr of cacao and see how your body responds