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History of cacao

7/13/2013 - Rich. Sinfully delicious. Cacao, or Theobroma cacao, is the source of original, natural chocolate. It comes from seeds of the fruit of the cacao tree. What most Americans think of as chocolate contains no cacao at all, and therefore contains none of its healthful phytochemicals. Native to the tropical...

The power of cacao explained

7/7/2013 - For almost 4,000 years, cacao and the chocolate made from it have been a decadent treat. For the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica it was prized as food, medicine, and currency. Considered a gift from their gods, the natives used it in rituals, and extolled its virtues in hieroglyphs, songs, and drawings....

Top ten healthy reasons to eat chocolate

6/15/2013 - Good news for all you chocolate lovers out there, new research has found this divine food has even more health boosting advantages than previously recognized. Not only does it enhance both cardiovascular and mental well-being, but it also lowers body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance. However,...

Dark chocolate and pistachios: The power snack duo that fights inflammation and heart disease

4/9/2013 - Snacking on pistachios and dark chocolate for heart health? Hand them over! It's hard to imagine a tastier duo. And the science confirming this is in for both snack treats individually. But it shouldn't require further clinical research to grasp that combining them offers even more protection against...

100% organic cacao powder and nibs available now from Natural News Store

1/25/2013 - Fans of chocolate, rejoice! I have just personally overseen the USDA certified 100% organic production run of several hundred kilos of cacao powder and cacao nibs, fresh from Peru. Small and large bags of both the powder and the nibs are available now in the Natural News Store. This is 100% pure...

Another reason to eat chocolate: it may cure your cough

1/17/2013 - Not everyone needs a reason to eat chocolate. But it's always nice to know there are valid health reasons that support this pleasure. Even then, it's no excuse to understand which type of chocolate has the most health benefits value. A December 2012 UK study with 300 patients in 13 hospitals used...

Cacao superfood smoothie recipe plus huge discounts on cacao for NaturalNews readers

7/6/2012 - When it comes to health-enhancing superfoods, cacao (chocolate) is one of the most powerful and delicious foods on the planet. In addition to supporting cardiac health and lifting moods, cacao is well known to east symptoms of PMS, enhance glucose metabolism and may even help prevent colon cancer. Here's...

Seven reasons to eat more dark chocolate

2/15/2012 4:59:56 PM - More and more health reasons for eating dark chocolate keep coming in. Many will be pointed out here, then explained further in the sources indicated by numbers in parenthesis. But first, understand that organic dark chocolate brought into the market place under fair trade agreements is best. Some...

Discover the amazing health benefits of chocolate

8/23/2011 - One of the most sought after foods in modern society is chocolate. This ancient food source has been used in many cultures and has been revered for its outstanding taste and surprising health benefits. Unfortunately, most industrialized countries have highly processed chocolate and combined it with...

Savor the heart-healthy benefits of raw almond-cherry cookies with cacao and hemp seed

2/22/2011 - Heart health can easily be cultivated by intelligent choices of specific nutrient dense foods. Certain nuts, fruits and seeds as well as cacao create a winning recipe for vibrant health. Rich in the antioxidant vitamin E along with an abundance of flavonoids, monounsaturated fat, and fiber, almonds...

Sacred Chocolate bon-bon truffles are topped with rose petals, mango powder and even 24 carat gold

12/8/2010 - I don't know where to begin with these Sacred Chocolate "Truth Truffles." They're made by the Sacred Chocolate company (www.SacredChocolate.com) which was founded by Sacred Steve -- a guy with a lot of fans in the raw food and healthy living communities. He's a super energetic, brilliant man with a...

Cacao - An ancient medicine validated by modern science

12/3/2010 - Legendary cacao has a long history of medicinal use throughout Mesoamerica and South America. Today, science confirms chocolate has many favorable qualities that support health and psychological well-being. This magical bean offers great benefits when the cacao is high-quality, raw and organic. The...

Original cacao is ancient treasure of chocolate from the Ecuadorian rainforest (updated)

9/1/2010 - Editor's note: This article has undergone extensive revisions from its first publication in order to clarify the definition of certain terms and correct several errors. These corrections are based on hours of additional research and conversations with cacao experts. Most people have never eaten real...

NaturalNews announces at-cost store specials on marine phytoplankton, cacao nibs and more

7/22/2010 - The NaturalNews Store warehouse is getting full! We've ordered huge quantities of new products in order to get ridiculously good volume pricing that we can pass on to our readers. As a result, we've literally run out of room! My store manager says, "Blow 'em out, Mike!" to which I answered, "At what...

Raw Cacao: Turn Chocolate Cravings into Super Nutrition

7/8/2010 - One of the most craved, savored, and sought after foods worldwide can also benefit the body in extraordinary ways. Cacao, cocoa, chocolate - no matter how you say it, humans around the globe seek the mouth-watering pleasure and mood-boosting effects of this extraordinary antioxidant. Cocoa beans...

Ani Phyo Part III: Cacao and Raw Food Desserts

9/28/2009 - This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Renegade Health Inner Circle, which can be found at http://www.RenegadeHealth.com. In this excerpt, Ani Phyo shares on cacao and raw food desserts that "wow." Renegade Health Inner Circle with Ani Phyo. Ani Phyo is a raw food chef extraordinaire and...

Raw Chocolate: Reasons Why You Should Eat It

2/14/2009 - Is raw chocolate good for you? We might all like to think that it`s great for our bodies, but is this true or not? Here`s a quick rundown on the history of cacao and its possible benefits to raw foodists and anyone who is interested in going the whole nine yards to look after their health. First...

Boku Superfood Launches Enhanced Superfood Formula; Earns Editor's Choice Recommendation

10/13/2008 - Since its introduction last year, Boku Superfood has remained at the very top of my list of recommended superfood powder products. The formulation is simply outstanding, the value of the product is unbeatable, and the taste will win you over. It has become the most frequently used superfood product...

Nutritional Authority David Wolfe Discusses Metabolism and Chocolate

8/22/2008 - This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Fountain of Youth Summit, which can be found at (http://fountainofyouthworldsummit.com) . In this excerpt, David Wolfe shares on foods that speed up metabolism and the truth about chocolate. The Fountain of Youth World Summit with David Wolfe, nutrition...

Examining the Properties of Chocolate and Cacao for Health

2/7/2008 - Are you one of the rare individuals on this planet who does not like nor ever craves chocolate at some point in your life? But, if you are like most of the Western world, have you ever wondered why chocolate can be so addictive, apart from its rich sweet lingering taste? Well, it has to do with your...

Chocolate for Valentine's Day? This Year, Choose Real Cacao Superfoods, Not Processed Chocolate Candy

2/6/2008 - With Valentine's Day fast approaching, many consumers are once again shopping for chocolate. The rush to buy chocolate is even stronger this year, thanks to the continued reporting of chocolate's remarkable health benefits. Yet most consumers have been deceived: Typical processed chocolate products...

Healthy Superfood Gift Baskets Launched by Transition Nutrition

12/13/2007 - Superfood innovator Transition Nutrition has announced the launching of seven superfood gift baskets. Made with ingredients like premium quality cashews, cacao brittles, goji berries, macadamia nuts, Golden Himalayan Raisins, and macadamia nut butter, these gift baskets allow consumers to give healthful,...

Cacao stabilizes blood sugar; chocolate may actually help diabetics

8/2/2007 - Obese, diabetic mice whose diet was supplemented with an extract of cacao liquor demonstrated a significant reduction in blood sugar levels in a Japanese study reported in the journal Nutrition. "The dietary intake of food or drinks produced from cacao beans might be beneficial in preventing the...

Raw, "empowered" chocolate products launched by Empowered Foods; full review of sensational product line

6/5/2007 - You've never had chocolate like this before. Of all the chocolate products I've ever tried (and I've eaten a lot of them because, of course, it's my job), nothing compares to the raw, "empowered" chocolate superfood bars and products made by a small raw foods company in Clearwater, Florida. It's called...

Interview: Zach Adelman and Navitas Naturals discuss maca, cacao, Incan berries and goji berries

11/20/2006 - Mike: Hi, everyone. Let me introduce Zach Adelman from Navitas Naturals Company. Navitas Naturals offers maca powder, cacao powder, golden power Incan berries and Goji berries, which are all some of the best superfoods available in the world today. Zach Adelman with Navitas Naturals is going to give...

Hershey's to finally introduce chocolate products made with real cacao

9/7/2006 - The Hershey Company recently announced its new line of Cacao Reserve all-natural chocolate products made with real cacao. The Cacao Reserve products include a chocolate bars, drinking cocoa and truffles with different concentrations of cacao. The chocolate bars are available in milk chocolate and...

Chocoholics rejoice; study shows that the flavanols in cocoa can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer

5/26/2006 - The news the world has awaited with bated breath is finally here: Cocoa prevents cancer and heart disease. Candy producer Mars Inc., along with Harvard University, released the results of a 10-year study on Feb. 9 revealing that cocoa rather, the flavanols in cocoa can substantially reduce the risk...

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