Cacao's Energy-Boosting, Health-Enhancing Abilities

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 12, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Re: “Chocolate Renaissance” [Food, Feb. 8]: Aside from the simple oomph that a perfect bite of chocolate provides, raw cacao is being increasingly consumed as a nutrient. Cacao's energy-boosting, health-enhancing abilities have been embraced by the raw foods community and considered a superfood. The folks working at the Daily Juice get goose-bumpy all day long administering doses to Austinite's who value cacao's benefits. Though the menu is adorned with raw, vegan cacao milks and fruit smoothies with hefty scoops of cacao nibs, we are truly proud of our raw cacao truffle maker Tamara Hoover, whose lovely, intricate morsels are mentioned around town in the same sentence with Cocoa Puro's Kakáwa cocoa beans. By using only raw nibs instead of roasting or cooking them, the Theobroma kick contained in her truffles will have you looking in mirrors for God.
Had to toot our own horns, thanks for the forum,
Matt Shook
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