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Food inflation hits Hershey's as cocoa price hike announced

7/21/2014 - There seems to be no end in sight for beleaguered American consumers, as prices for just about everything -- especially necessities -- continue to rise. And now, that includes chocolate, which of course contains mood-boosting antioxidants. In recent weeks, Hershey's announced a whopping 8 percent...

More good news for chocolate eaters - cocoa flavanols lower risk of obesity and diabetes

7/3/2014 - It should come as no big surprise to alternative health followers that many foods in their unprocessed form contain a host of protective compounds that have repeatedly been shown to promote human health. Fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids that protect vegetation from disease and pests, and many...

Top health benefits of cocoa

4/13/2014 - Cocoa products are very popular throughout the world. Whether it is eating a high-quality chocolate for a decadent snack or chocolate sauce added to the dessert of the evening, cocoa often tops the list of favorite foods for people across the globe. Many people do not realize that cocoa offers significant...

Chocolate's health effects to be tested by scientists over next four years

4/6/2014 - Much has been said about the health benefits of chocolate, and a new study set to take place over the next four years could help clarify whether or not all the hype surrounding this sweet treat is really substantiated. Sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), as well as Mars...

Raw cacao beats processed chocolate in its health benefits

2/26/2014 - The plethora of research done on chocolate's tremendous health benefits has primarily studied raw cacao and processed dark chocolate. Raw foodies and experts argue that raw cacao contain all of the health inducing benefits left intact, while processing destroys much of the nutrients. Raw cacao also...

Raw cacao beats processed chocolate in its health benefits

2/26/2014 - The plethora of research done on chocolate's tremendous health benefits has primarily studied raw cacao and processed dark chocolate. Raw foodies and experts argue that raw cacao contain all of the health inducing benefits left intact, while processing destroys much of the nutrients. Raw cacao also...

Raw cacao beats processed chocolate in its health benefits

2/26/2014 - The plethora of research done on chocolate's tremendous health benefits has primarily studied raw cacao and processed dark chocolate. Raw foodies and experts argue that raw cacao contain all of the health inducing benefits left intact, while processing destroys much of the nutrients. Raw cacao also...

Is dark chocolate good for you?

2/18/2014 - Good news for chocolate lovers: eating a small square of dark chocolate daily can help improve your health in many ways. Not only dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and other minerals, it is also believed that the cocoa bean has potential benefits on cardiovascular health,...

How to best enjoy and buy delicious, healthy chocolate, with its fascinating healing history

2/12/2014 - Chocolate has been enjoyed for centuries and used to cure many illnesses. Cocoa is grown in tropical countries and can be eaten as raw cacao, hot chocolate, candy and baked goods. Purchasing chocolate that is organic and certified fair trade ensures ethical treatment of cocoa producers plus higher nutritional...

High-flavanol cocoa powder and spirulina could prevent senile dementia

12/19/2013 - If you're consuming both cocoa powder and spirulina, you may consider how it could protect you from diminishing memory, cognitive decline and other forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer's, as you age. And that's not all. The positive cardiovascular effects of these two superfoods are also substantial. The...

Latest research on cacao shows extraordinary benefits on blood pressure, cholesterol and more

9/5/2013 - If you like chocolate, you're not alone. People have been enjoying cacao, the source of original cocoa, for thousands of years. This delicious and nutritious superfood has a long, rich history among the peoples of the tropical regions of the Americas. It was used as a food, a medicine, and a currency....

Hot chocolate enhances memory, modulates immune cells

8/18/2013 - In the August 7th issue of Neurology, scientists at Harvard Medical School suggest that drinking two cups of hot chocolate daily will prevent memory decline in older people. Their investigation sought to discover the benefits of cocoa consumption in relation to memory performance and neurovascular coupling,...

Reduce your cholesterol with chocolate: Research

6/21/2013 - More good news for chocolate lovers: Research shows that the polyphenols in cocoa powder can improve your cholesterol levels. Like certain other foods such as berries and green tea, cocoa powder is high in antioxidant chemicals known as polyphenols. In cocoa, the polyphenol family known as the flavanols...

Make hot cocoa with real raw cocoa powder and reap the health, mood and skin benefits

1/7/2013 - Unsweetened, raw cocoa powder, the same stuff that is used to make that sinfully delicious "guilty pleasure" food chocolate, has a multitude of health benefits. They are often overlooked because it is so often incorporated into overly sweetened treats like candy bars. However, the raw powder that...

Hot chocolate - Food of the gods! The soulful, superfood that's good for you and deliciously sinful

11/26/2012 - From happy childish squeals of delight during a snow storm to a cozy winter corner wrapped in the seductive lusciousness of sweet warmth, nothing touches the heart or belly like a cup of delicious hot chocolate. The food of the gods, according to ancient Mayans has recently taken center stage on the...

Cocoa butter is not just for chocolate anymore - Discover the healthy secrets behind this sensuous food

11/10/2012 - Need another reason to love the cacao bean? As it turns out, cocoa butter has its own set of health enhancing properties apart from cocoa. External use of the butter clears everything from psoriasis to dermatitis to eczema, while conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease...

We've got Cocoa Mojo - a 'hot chocolate' mix with low-glycemic coconut sugar and medicinal mushrooms

10/11/2012 - Winter is approaching in the Northern hemisphere, and the medical establishment is already pushing flu shot vaccines. They never push anything that boosts the immune system, of course. It's always about pushing things that compromise your health: pharmaceuticals, radiation, vaccines and fluoride. In...

Cocoa compounds lower blood pressure to improve cardiovascular health

8/31/2012 - Cocoa, most commonly found highly concentrated in certain formulations of dark chocolate, has been on the radar of nutrition scientists for more than a decade. Catechins derived from this natural dietary source provide a cascade of benefits that have been found to promote heart health and lower the...

Cocoa flavanols from dark chocolate halt memory decline during aging

8/23/2012 - Extensive research over the past decade has demonstrated the critical importance of natural compounds known as flavanols from foods including blueberries, grapes, green tea, apples, onions, broccoli and dark chocolate. Flavanols support cellular and metabolic activities throughout the body by providing...

Cocoa consumption shown to reduce blood pressure

8/21/2012 - Record heat and drought conditions across much of the country make it pretty difficult to think about the approaching winter, but once it gets here why not supplement your diet with a little cocoa? Not only does it taste good, new research shows it could be very good for you as well. According...

Cocoa from dark chocolate lowers risk from colon cancer

2/6/2012 - Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths annually, a statistic that remains constant despite increased awareness of the deadly disease. Researchers from the Science and Technology Institute of Food and Nutrition in Spain have published the result of a study in the journal Molecular Nutrition...

Chocolate and cocoa polyphenols vindicated in the war against heart disease

9/7/2011 - Researchers from the University of Cambridge in England have finally published solid evidence to demonstrate the consumption of chocolate is associated with improved heart and vascular health. Writing in the prestigious BMJ (British Medical Journal), Dr. Oscar Franco and his team determined several...

Green tea and cocoa epicatechin flavonoids lower diabetes risk and extend lifespan

6/27/2011 - New research published in the Journal of Nutrition provides evidence that potent epicatechin flavonoids from extracts of green tea and cocoa lower the destructive effects of high blood sugar. This can effectively prevent damage that ravages the major organs and especially the coronary arteries lining...

Cocoa flavanols from dark chocolate improve vision and cognitive function

5/27/2011 - Potent cacao flavanols from dark chocolate have proven effective in lowering the risk from heart disease and sudden heart attack in recent studies. Writing in the journal Physiology and Behavior, researchers demonstrate that antioxidants released by consumption of cocoa products can improve multiple...

Blueberries, resveratrol and cocoa flavanols aid weight management goals

5/25/2011 - A wealth of new scientific evidence shines a critical light on the importance of natural foods and nutritional compounds in the fight against overweight, obesity and weight maintenance. Virtually all alternative health experts agree, the current epidemic of weight control issues plaguing western society...

Chocolate prices could skyrocket as cocoa farmers leave business

11/16/2010 - The era of cheap chocolate may soon come to an end as many cocoa farmers in West Africa -- which represents the largest cocoa-growing region in the world -- continue to leave the business. Pest problems, low pay, and a difficult growing cycle, have together taken much of the incentive out of growing...

Cocoa Mojo superfood hot chocolate and my adventure through the Andes (with pictures)

10/27/2010 - In June of 2009, I embarked on an adventure into the Podocarpus National Forest near Vilcabamba, Ecuador. This trip was primarily on horseback (with a lot of walking through rugged terrain, too), and I documented the entire thing with photographs you can see here: http://www.naturalnews.com/phototours/podocarpus-vilcabamba-ecuador-tour/index.html Our...

High cocoa chocolate can prevent cardiovascular illness

8/25/2010 - The alleged health benefits of chocolate have circulated the news in recent years, but new research shows that not just any old chocolate will do. A recent Swedish study suggests that chocolate with high cocoa content -- like the kind commonly sold in Europe -- contains the high flavanol content that...

Ten reasons why the FDA allows Cocoa Krispies cereal to make outrageous claims of boosting immunity (satire)

11/3/2009 - By now, the whole internet knows that Kellogg's is under harsh scrutiny for making ridiculous "immunity" claims for their sugary Cocoa Krispies cereal. But did you know the real reason why the FDA continues to allow this laughable medical claim on the front of Cocoa Krispies boxes? Below, I explain...

Kellogg's claims sugary "Cocoa Crispies" cereal can boost your child's immunity (opinion)

11/3/2009 - The world of bizarre nutritional claims by sugary cereal makers just got a little more weird this week when Kellogg's began shipping boxes of Cocoa Krispies emblazoned with the ridiculous claim, "Now helps support your child's IMMUNITY." If processed white sugar, partially-hydrogenated trans fat...

Discover the Power of Cocoa Powder

8/1/2009 - A cup of hot cocoa may not do much to cool you down from the summer swelter, but it may cool down your blood pressure. According to a new report filed in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, hypertensive rats fed a moderate dose of powdered chocolate dropped their systolic blood pressure...

Chocolate Provides Health Benefits

3/20/2009 - Studies have now proven that chocolate is good for you. It is rich in antioxidants and has many health benefits, including lowering blood sugar and cholesterol. Cocoa comes from the Theobromo cacao plant. Half of the cocoa bean is made of fat in the form of cocoa butter. Cocoa powder is the edible non-fat...

Chocolate Really Is Good For You: Studies Prove It

11/12/2008 - Chocolate lovers, take heart. Reports from recent studies have given you plenty of reasons to keep on eating chocolate without feeling guilty. In fact, the news from several studies released this spring shows that chocolate is quite effective against the number one killer of Americans, heart disease....

Why Chocolate Is Good for Your Heart

9/24/2008 - Can't live without dessert? Forget about ice cream and cakes, and go for dark chocolate! It′s actually good for you -- in moderation of course. Chocolate and cocoa are made from the cacao bean, one of the richest sources of flavanols, a group of polyphenolic antioxidants. The major flavanols in...

Processed Cocoa Loses Two-Thirds of Health-Enhancing Alkaloids

9/24/2008 - A common process used to make cocoa more easy to digest and to mix into other foods eliminates approximately two-thirds of the flavanols originally contained in the plant, according to research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Cocoa has attracted increasing attention recently...

Eating Cocoa Improves Blood Vessel Function in Diabetics

9/15/2008 - Diabetics who regularly consume flavanol-rich cocoa may improve their blood vessel function and reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study conducted by an international team of researchers and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Diabetes is known...

Studies Prove That Chocolate Is Really Good for You

8/22/2008 - Chocolate lovers, take heart. Reports from recent studies have given you plenty of reasons to keep on eating chocolate without feeling guilty. In fact, the news from several studies released this spring shows that chocolate is quite effective against the number one killer of Americans, heart disease....

New Research Shows Cocoa Can Help Diabetics' Hearts

6/24/2008 - For people with diabetes, indulging in cocoa could be a way to improve their health naturally -- and deliciously. The reason? Flavanols, plant compounds found in cocoa (as well as in tea, red wine, and certain fruits and vegetables), help blood vessels to function better and could help prevent cardiovascular...

Cocoa Officially Lowers Blood Pressure

5/28/2008 - More happy justification for chocolate lovers: blood pressure (BP) responds favorably to cocoa, but not tea, a new meta-analysis suggests. Authors of the study say that while both products are rich in polyphenols, the study findings suggest that phenols in cocoa may be more active than those in tea....

Dark chocolate flavonoids reduce high blood pressure

8/22/2007 - Cocoa reduces high blood pressure but tea does not, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers from the University Hospital of Cologne in Germany compared the results of 10 different studies, five examining the effects of cocoa on blood pressure, and five examining...

Chocolate lovers rejoice: 2007 to produce an abundant cocoa crop

11/30/2006 - The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) announced yesterday that the 2007 cocoa crop would produce a global cocoa surplus of 80,000 tons, up from previous estimates of a 5,000-ton deficit. The trade organization said favorable weather conditions in cocoa-producing regions of the world accounts...

Chocolate companies found World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) to support sustainable cocoa production in West Africa

10/13/2006 - Sustainable cocoa is needed now more than ever as demand increases in Western countries to fuel the ever-growing love for chocolate products. As a result of this growing demand, chocolate companies are about to unite with the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) to support sustainable cocoa production in West...

Groundbreaking research highlights myriad health benefits of flavanol-rich cocoa (press release)

9/27/2006 - Research has demonstrated that consumption of naturally occurring compounds in cocoa can lead to a range of circulatory health benefits including the first observed brain and cardiovascular blood flow improvements, according to research published in the latest issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular...

Heart-healthy compound in chocolate identified (press release)

8/31/2006 - In a multifaceted study involving the Kuna Indians of Panama, an international team of scientists has pinpointed a chemical compound that is, in part, responsible, for the heart-healthy benefits of certain cocoas and some chocolate products. The...

Cocoa Intake Linked to Lower Blood Pressure, Reduced Risk of Death (press release)

8/22/2006 - A study of elderly Dutch men indicates that eating or drinking cocoa is associated with lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of death, according to an article in the February 27 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Cocoa has been linked to cardiovascular...

Cocoa flavanols found to offer extraordinary cardiovascular protection

8/11/2006 - Participants in a study of flavanol-rich cocoa showed improved blood vessel function after consuming a cocoa beverage, researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found. As part of the study -- partially sponsored by a Mars Inc. grant -- 15 healthy adults...

New study reveals components of cocoa may enhance the appearance of the skin (press release)

7/1/2006 - Cocoa butter has long been used topically in many skin creams and cosmetics because it is thought to be good for the skin. Now, new research just published in the Journal of Nutrition reveals the potential benefits of consuming flavanol-rich cocoa and how it might actually benefit skin from the inside...

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...

Cocoa is loaded with anti-cancer phytochemicals and compounds, says research

11/19/2003 10:54:46 PM - It's true: cocoa can prevent and reverse cancer. That's because it's loaded with powerful phytochemicals found naturally in the cacao plant -- the source of cocoa and just one of many Amazon herbs. But in the real world, people will take this information and misuse it: they'll stuff down chocolate...

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