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10-05-2007, 09:00 PM
I went to Whole Foods today and ask for Raw Cacao Powder...They did not have any I could find so they got me the store manager who seemed to be very well informed about things...She told me there was no such thing as raw cacao. I told her that I order it from Alissa's Store, so I'm sure there is such a thing she just did not carry it. Then she went into this whole long thing about how all Coco (cacao) beans are cooked, and that not even the nibs (which she did have and were labeled raw) were raw. They had been cooked to 125-140 degrees. She was positive that cacao I got on line was the same she carried....Not raw:confused:
So has anyone ever heard of anything like that? I told her I would check into it and let her know what I found out.....
Even with out the powder I had a great shopping day and my fridge is stocked for a while.
10-05-2007, 09:36 PM
I get my cacao nibs from a really good health food store in my area. The stores been around forever and very raw friendly. I told them I was raw and they say these cocao nibs ARE raw. I don't think alissa would be selling us something that's not raw. Id like to research more about it- see if I can find some hard facts :)
10-05-2007, 10:02 PM
I am not trying to say Alissa is selling something not raw... I just want to have like you said facts to tell the manager of Whole foods. That is a really reputable business here and they need to know about this.
I'm just not enough of an authority on it to tell anything to anyone. Just went from a seed to sprout yesterday:p but 2 months ago had never heard of any of this.
Cacao (pronounced kuh-KAI-o or kuh-KAH-o) is the seed or bean of which cocoa (KO-ko)—both the powder and the drink made from it—is made; coca (KO-kuh) is the plant from whose dried leaves the drug cocaine comes, and coco (KO-ko) is the name of both the palm tree that bears coconuts and the fiber that comes from their husks.
this does not tell me a thing. ( from internet)
10-06-2007, 08:03 AM
The cacao nibs I buy say raw and organic. They have the green and white organic certification on the package. Also the site where I purchase them from tells the consumer where the beans come from and how they were processed. I now expect that information from every thing I buy! After all I am paying a lot of money for raw and organic.
10-06-2007, 11:07 AM
The Whole Foods that I shop at has a raw food section and they carry raw cacao. They have the nibs and whole pieces. I can't remember the brand name, but I've seen it online before.
The packages are claiming that it's totally raw--I'm assuming that they're reputable, but then again, how you really know? :confused:
10-06-2007, 11:14 AM
OK... I was at that same store. In Omaha..right. Well I just had miss informed people help me. But they seemed so confident in what they were telling me I had to ask the question. Now I feel like I want to get them the right information, and I will try to do that. If I come down for the raw food class you can show me where it's at.;)
10-06-2007, 11:22 AM
YES come down and we'll teach our teacher--ha ha ;) next class is the 27th
It took me a while to find it too- I was looking on their chocolate display. I asked a girl about it but she thought all choc was raw. I stopped asking...and just happen to find the aisle with all the raw products. They have some crackers that aren't too bad, helps because I don't have a dehydrator yet.
10-06-2007, 02:29 PM
I did see the isle with the crackers and some bars. We do need to teach them about CACAO!!! One thing I did learn while researching this on the internet is that cacao is addicting. I have been saying that jokingly but really I meant it my body want's those super-bars every day! Now there just one more addiction I'm gonna have to break...but not now there still way to yummy maybe in November after Rawktober:)
If you do a search there's a thread where Alissa addressed this. The verdict is still out on cacao. *shrugs shoulders. I still enjoy it. It's better than eating a Hershey's chocolate bar. I decided not to be a fanatic (while not insination that anyone else is) about cacao or the little things that aren't raw that I ingest, like some oils and dried herbs for example.
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