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I asked the question the other day about whether you believed raw cacao was un healthy or not. Since I have a $10 or so bag of raw beans is there anything I can do with them rather than throw them away that would make them healthy or at least less unhealthy? Roast them, boil? them anything? Or must I simply chalk it up to insufficient research prior to making a poor purchase?

Hi Len,

It's up to you but if you really think about it $10 is not much when it concerns your health. As far as I know nothing you can do will make them any healthier. If you really don't want to throw them out, or gift them to someone that is a cacao enthusiast, you could add a few to a large green smoothie early in the day when you will be active.  Adding some fat like coconut oil or flax might help buffer the effects to some degree. Adding a few every other day or so like this until they’re gone would be one way, however you could experience detox symptoms when they’re all gone.  If it was me I would put them in the compost heap. Best of luck to you.

Be Well and Wonderful, Hugh

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Hugh Cruickshank


I can answer most questions pertaining to a raw vegan diet.


Hugh has been studying health and fitness for more than 35 years, and professionally sharing his knowledge with others since 1994. He’s presented throughout the Western US, as well as Canada and Australia. Hugh does health coaching and spreads the message of a better life through his raw foods website He’s been a vegan since 1992, the last 10 years following a 100% raw food diet.

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