Raw Toxic Chocolate
by Paul Nison
This month my article is about chocolate. I chose to write abut this
topic because many raw food eaters today are being misled and told that it is healthy. It
is dangerous and people need to know the truth.
More True Information on the Negative Effects of Cacao
Since my last article on the negative effects of cacao, many people have agreed with me
how toxic it really is. On the other hand, there were some people who would not change
their mind about it no matter what the cost. In fact, those people became angry with me.
The truth can hurt, but Im just the messenger. As I said in my last article about
cacao, I wish it were healthy, but the fact is it is not! Whether you are willing to admit
it or not is your decision, but there are so many foods that are proven to be healthy, why
continue to take some that are up for debate? Many people are being misled to believe
cacao and other raw foods are healthy. Many of the people who promote it, have a good
heart and really feel it is a good food, but I know there are many who sell this product
knowing it is toxic and addictive, just to make money.
I recently spoke to a good friend of mine Jeremy Saffaron. Jeremy has been involved in the
raw food community for a very long time. He has the author of a raw food recipe book and
also an excellent resource guide. Jeremy told me he was the first person to do any raw
research with cacao involving the raw food movement. He spent 4 years (1999 -2003)
studying the effects of cacao and has dedicated countless hours surfing the net, talking
with specialists, and even got involved with the University of Hawaii, whos
agriculture branch is looking into raw cacao toxicity.
When Jeremy first found out about cacao he was so excited about it. He sold it for a short
while (2001-2002) and was the first person to let others in the raw food world know about
it. Again I repeat, JEREMY WAS THE FIRST PERSON IN THE RAW WORLD to let others know about
He turned on many raw food promoters to it because he believed at the time that is was an
amazing discovery as a great tasting, nutritionally loaded food and it was also a way to
connect with his friends who were still addicted to cooked chocolate even though they were
raw otherwise. Another big turn on was the fact that many of the daily coffee drinkers he
knew in the yoga scene were glad to switch to raw cacao from their roasted coffee. Jeremy
told me he never drank coffee in his life, but as a kid did eat chocolate from the store.
But 13 years ago, he stopped eating chocolate because he found out about the bugs that
were in all chocolate. (I mentioned that in my last article about cacao.)
With all the excitement about raw chocolate and all the benefits, Jeremy was thrilled to
get the product to the public. However, when Jeremy was selling it, he did warn people
that all the studies on it were not in yet so to be careful not to over due it until
further research is conducted. It was also very cost prohibitive at the time at twenty
five cents a bean, plus each bean had to be personally peeled to eat them. (By the way,
this should be a hint about how much can and should be eaten in one sitting.)
After eating cacao for six months, Jeremy didnt really experience negative side
effects, but he noticed those around him whose health and digestion werent as
efficient as his started to experience issues with the cacao. That was the first sign that
lead him to begin to study the negative effects of cacao.
I myself have a similar experience. I consumed cacao in small amounts as well, but unlike
Jeremy, I felt the difference every time I tried it. It didnt make me feel good. A
good friend of mine, doctor Fred Bisci ,a raw foodist for about 40 years, also confirmed
what Jeremy and I suspected, cacao is toxic!
Jeremys findings were as follows:
- No animal in nature will eat it unless tricked into it with milk or sugar.
- If you can convince an animal to eat it then it greatly shortens their life span if it
doesnt kill them immediately.
- The native people who ate it only ate the fruit of the theobroma (which contains all the
benefits and none of the detriments) and only used the cacao seed as an addition to their
psychedelic brew ahyuwasca and as a medicine in emergencies.
- Native people did not eat it as a food nor as a supplement, only for sacred use.
- Cacao is one of the most addictive substances known
- Cacao is super toxic to the liver
- It acts as a stimulant and agitates the kidneys and adrenal glands. This can cause:
insomnia, nightmares, waking up in the middle of the night, shakes, and extreme energy
- It is extremely clogging due to the toxins carried in the oils contained within. Plus
the fat chains are highly complex and require tons of work to break down.
- The result of long term use is a high level of liver and blood toxicity which can cause
extreme mood swings, angry outbursts, violence, depression, paranoia, & dizziness.
- In some cases of long term use, there are also psychological effects that range from
addictive tendencies, sexual dysfunction, violent outbursts, lack of reasoning, and
- At mega does of 40 plus beans, it acts as a hallucinogen and can cause many effects
attributed to LSD or Hashish
Jeremy concludes that his personal study (it took 1.5 years of him eating it to see
extreme negative effects) and his friends showed him clearly the negative effects of
From my study it seems that the people using cooked cacao powder had less toxic effects
than those using roasted cacao beans whole and far, far less than those using whole, raw
There are a good amount of people who have experienced the same negative affect of cacao
and have changed their opinion about it being such a super food. I personally cant
see anyone taking it for a long time not feeling the negative effects on some level. A big
problem is, at that point so many people are already addicted to it and cant stop
even if they wanted to. Very similar to the addiction people have to cooked food. They
just cant except that its not healthy for them so they make excuses to keep
Jeremy and I both feel the sadness that raw food promoters command so much public
attention and use it to sell anything they can. It should be information, not products
that people seek out.
The bottom line is no matter what someone feels, or believes, cacao is toxic! Science will
confirm it. You may be able to consume the drug cacao and not have felt any negative
affects, but in time you will. Please do not wait to experience the negative affects and
get off this drug as soon as you can.
For those of you who say, I am always knocking someone elses glory or product, I can
just reply by saying I am concerned about each individuals health. That is the most
important thing to me. I know what it is like to live with disease and I want to help as
many people as possible avoid it. I am so blessed to know people like Jeremy who have an
open mind and continue to share the same mission with me of bringing the truth to the
surface and helping others.
Jeremy and I acknowledge there are many toxic things that people do everyday from using a
computer, to driving a car, from drinking coffee to smoking to all sorts of wild practices
and toxic substances and experiences. Each one must make a choice and its our hope
that people with power use it responsibly.
Jeremy wanted me to share with my readers a warning to always study and research before
promoting or selling anything. He learned the hard way. Years ago he promoted the use of
coconuts because he lived in the tropics and knew the benefits well. The down side was
people wanting coconuts and not realizing that the answer was to go where they grow.
Instead they found a way to engage in exploitation and buy toxic formaldehyde dipped
bleached nuts wrapped in plastic irradiated from Thailand. He went back and tried to
dissuade people from eating the toxic nuts but they didnt seem to care. Cacao seems
the same, those who want to engage with it will, toxic or not. (Once again after recently
getting tons of coconuts right off the trees in Florida, I feel such a difference after
eating Thai coconuts.)
Jeremys final stand on cacao is it is for medicinal, sacred and entertainment usage
only, it is not a health food! My personal, final opinion is that we should only consume
foods for nutritional needs, anything else will lead to disease, especially the way we