Does anyone have any thoughts on raw cacao for children?...is it too stimulating? Does raw cacao contain caffeine? I would really like to try that “tapioca” pudding someone recently posted (chia seeds, cacao and agave) as a treat for my 15 month old, but I’m afraid of unleashing his sweet tooth a bit and also don’t want him to get jittery.
Well, I’m 12 and eat raw cacao. I never get jittery and if anything it makes me feel pleasant. I know what you mean about the chia pudding – it’s delicious. I posted that recipe a while back but deleted it because there were so many versions of the same recipe.
I don’t suggest giving a large amount to a 15 mo old, but a small bowl certainly wouldn’t do any harm. I don’t think any amount would do any harm, but just in case.
All the nutrition facts I’ve seen say that cacao has theobromine, which acts LIKE caffeine, but they’re not the same, and yes, I feel much differently with raw cacao than with non-raw, although I feel the best with the Sunfood brand.
We just had Kate Love Magic Wood (www.rawliving.eu) to stay with her 3 raw boys. She gives them cacao every day. They are very well behaved, calm and a pleasure to be around. If you do give your children cacao, I think it is important not to give too much of it, more like a homeopathic quantity, and balance it with a heck of a lot of greens.