Friday, January 06, 2006


raw cacao and that illusory c

"march coffee climbed as high as $1.2025 a pound on the new york board of trade, touching its highest intraday level since june 23. the ["c"] contract finished the session at $1.1955 a pound, up 2.1 cents, or 1.8%."

getting out of the so-called "coffee crisis" is proving tough going, hmm? this price movement has basically to do with various one-time world events, and the strategies of brazil; alas, it doesn't seem to forecast any real market upturn that would improve the lives of farmers. . .

a fellow yoga student here in bklyn who know i'm interested in chocolate presented me yesterday with a strange-to-me object: a raw cacao, um, cookie. everyone knows my philosophy of food: if you're over 16, what you eat is nobody's business but your own, so i'm not here to preach at anybody.

i eat what i like because i like it, and if you wanna eat raw, or eat low-carb, it's your yoga, sweetpea. it's not my place to say a word.

anyway, not wishing to be rude to this nice yogini who i see all the time, i accepted her object and scrutinized it. it looked to me like a flat round granola bar with rough black specks.

ok, so i took a bite -- it had the texture of a granola bar, and was slightly sticky like one too. but my heavens was it overwhelmingly, unbearably sweet!

i examined the ingredients: almonds, cashews, walnuts, coconut, vanilla, broken raw cocao nibs, and agave nectar. aha! agave nectar!

1 tablespoon of agave nectar has 16g of carbohydrate and 60 calories. compare that to white sugar, which has 48 calories and 12.5g of carbohydrate per tablespoon.

and on the taste front, that stuff is waaay sweeter than white sugar -- those raw foodists are flying like hummingbirds on agave nectar! that's where all their boundless energy comes from, i guess.

of course the "cookies" didn't actually have any chocolate taste. and eating them was, well, i can't help but say it, like eating a fancy granola nut bar.

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