As this news shows, cocoa contains a powerful mixture of health-enhancing antioxidants. Most people don't know it, but cocoa is a rainforest herb. Technically known as Theobroma Cacao, the cocoa bean has been used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes in South and Central America.
Cacao is used to combat parasites, to counteract the effects of snakebites, and as a general antiseptic. It's a whole lot more than just candy. To read more about the history of this plant, visit the cacao page
at RainTree Nutrition, one of my most highly recommended online sources for information about rainforest herbs and medicinal plants.
What's interesting about this article is that Western researchers are beginning to recognize the powerful healing properties of this gift from nature. What Western science has yet to widely acknowledge, however, is the fact that chocolate also contains psychoactive compounds that create genuine chemical addictions while substantially altering the mood of those who eat it. When people say they're addicted to chocolate, they are, in fact, correct. Let's hope the FDA doesn't declare chocolate a drug and try to regulate it.
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