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Hi there PureJeevan readers! We wanted to let you know that Jim's new novel CHROO is available on Amazon. It's a crazy adventure involving a billionaire heiress, her Chihuahua BFF ("Chroo") and a host of human and animal characters. Find out more on Amazon! Here are some links:

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After so looooong, the much-awaited Episode 6 is here of "Know Your Food"! Aren't you thrilled? Well, WE are. We're fantastically excited to announce that we have SIX thrilling new eipsodes "in the can" (as we film buffs like to say). So, here's the first of those six, in which your humble nutrition researchers reveal the hidden secrets of cacao, that delicious tropical ambrosia that opens your heart like nothing else. So, grab a raw chocolate snack of your choice and curl up in front of your favorite flat screen. Here's the vid:

Whoa, what'd you think of the "Monkey Brains" scene ! Have we finally used EVERY SINGLE hoaky feature of the Windows Movie Maker software? (Don't answer... Those were rhetorical questions.) In case you couldn't read some of the nutritional information, here's a summary of the key components of this delicious bounty from the Earth's equatorial regions. Raw chocolate contains:

  • Magnesium -- and TONS of it. Great for your heart and body chemistry.
  • Theobromine -- and, depending on who you ask, some caffeine.
  • Phenylethylamine (PEA) -- aka the "love" chemical.
  • Arginine -- the "aphrodisiac" cmemical.
  • Anandamide -- the "euphoria" chemical.
  • Tryptophan -- the "relaxation" chemical.
  • Dopamine -- a neurotransmitter.
  • Serotonin -- the "chill-out" chemical.
  • MAO Inhibitors -- rejuvenation chemicals.
  • Plus numerous antioxidants. Cacao's overall percentage of antioxidants is unbelievably high!

Thanks so much to our friend Joe from the Pittsburgh Raw Foods Meetup group for bringing the fascinating cacao pods and for agreeing to participate in our video!

As you might expect, there are quite a few great cacao recipe links listed on the All Raw Directory. Here's a link to a recipe for delicious-looking Cacao Madelines from Raw Epicurean!

Original Comments

Below, we have included the original comments from this blog post. Additional comments may be made via Facebook, below.

On November 4, 2008, Shelley wrote:

Fabulous info! Thanks so much for sharing it! Thank you, Joe, for introducing us to amazing raw just doesn't compare to the dried. After the last raw food meetup, I looked online for info regarding the fresh cacao and found very little. This is just what I was looking for!!! Thanks so much Wendi, Jim, and Joe!!!!!!
XOXOXO ~Shelley

On November 4, 2008, Errigal_lass wrote:

Great Video, Jim, Joe and Wendi! That was so much fun watching "in the make" and here you all are! What fun, having the best time ever! Raw Cacao....rawks! Thanks so much for sharing this with everyone! Have a beautiful day! E.L. (aka Tracey)