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how many cacao beans should i eat per day for health benefits, and so it won't be toxic?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Raw cacao powder may: be an easier form to take than a hard bean to digest. It has a lot of magnesium in it, and minerals, and anti-oxidants. So you can't really OD on it, or be toxic. You can add a tablespoon or two to smoothies, and any other protein drink you take daily. Too much magnesium can cause loose stools. So that's what you should be aware. Organic, raw, non sprayed source or wild crafted is best.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Is no universal: Dosing. The most studied health benefit is related to helping with elevated blood pressure(hypertension). In these studies dark chocolate(>70*% cocoa) is consumed in the range of 40-100 gm/day. There isn't a perfect "dose" because the content of differently supplied beans is so variable. The real "toxic" effect has to do with caffeine content and caffeine like chemicals. This is in fact low.

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