Quello che c'è da Sapere sul Cacao per uso "Cerimoniale"
Cosa ci ha motivato a promuovere il cacao per uso "cerimoniale e spirituale" e perché lo si identifica in questo modo?
With the purity of cocoa we want to spread the culinary and cultural traditions of Mesoamerica, bring to light the millenary traditions around this plant considered precious by the Mesoamerican peoples, to bring it back to the attention of people who are looking for unrefined, integral, handcrafted, simple and traceable and that they are not exactly "fine" products or highly processed chocolates.
The precise definition of ceremonial cocoa has not yet been established; it is a pure cocoa paste that recalls the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican drink (not made of chocolate, which contains sugar and undergoes other processing), produced with the intention of being used for purposes of spiritual introspection or as a functional food.
The cocoa used to produce the pasta must be traceable (that is, you must know where and how it was grown precisely, it is not enough just to identify the nation), ethical (that is, it must be well paid on the plantation) and worked with artisanal methods gentle and slow on a small scale, and sustainable, in harmony with the nature and biodiversity of the place where it grows (not large plantations and monocultures where biodiversity is threatened).
Industrial cocoa pastes have not been created with the intention of being used for spiritual introspection purposes or as natural medicine, since large-scale processing requires much more aggressive processes and poor and low quality raw materials, often of dubious origin and with a high human cost. A cocoa's energy is only high when it grows in a healthy, non-toxic environment and when the people who work there feel connected to the plant throughout the process.
The cocoa mass can be produced in the place of origin or elsewhere, as long as there is transparency and traceability and profound values of connection with the territory of origin of the cocoa easily visible to anyone. A true connection with the territory makes ceremonial cacao even more powerful.
Bliss chemicals (anandamide, dopamine, serotonin) - Possible answers to the fact that cocoa has positive effects on our mental and physical health.
Il cacao è un alimento che contiene una molecola chiamata anandamide, un endocannabinoide conosciuto per le sue proprietà di benessere. Inoltre, il cacao contiene anche altri importanti neurotrasmettitori, come la dopamina, la feniletilamina, la serotonina e il triptofano, che il nostro cervello utilizza per regolare le emozioni. Il triptofano, presente soprattutto nelle carni e nel pesce, è uno degli aminoacidi essenziali necessari per sintetizzare la serotonina, un neurotrasmettitore che regola l'umore e il sonno. Consumare il cacao puro può essere un'alternativa al caffè del mattino o una componente sana della nostra dieta quotidiana.