Seven Sweet Health KaPows! of of CaCaos!Posted: February 4, 2013
I have had a few heavier posts this month, sorry to hit you with another. It is time to get serious, so sit down take a deep breath, gather yourself for a moment. I am concerned about your chocolate consumption, I feel that you are not eating enough high grade cacao.
SEVEN CHOCOLATE HABIT JUSTIFICATIONS:
1) One of the highest antioxidant foods ever tested, BOOM!
2) High in Phethylamine and Anandamide: Know as the “love” and “bliss” chemicals respectively a little morsel of the darky dark is a quick cure for the blues and a content companion to any romantic endeavor
3) Flavanols in cacao decrease dementia and boost memory: Cacao is brain food. By increasing neural blood flow it effectively enhances the minds processing power. Basically it’s brain oil.
4) Flavanols in cacao prevent blood clots: Any of the men in your fam wrestling with heart disease, its what kills my kin. Give them some 70% or darker, it is pretty much heart medicine.
5) One ounce = 200% of your daily Iron requirements (of which 1/3 of Americans are deficient.
6) Cough Medicine?! Participants in a British study consuming a daily dose of dark chocolate where found to cough during illness. Likely due to theobromine levels in cacao. I don’t know why beyond that, I just know its tastier than codeine
7) And finally, sweet sweet serotonin,
I happen to be charged with farmers market sales for a cacao outfit known as Coracao Confection’s. I encourage all bay area folks to stop by the Tuesday and Saturday Berkeley Farmer’s Markets, and the Sunday Marin civic center market if you are feeling a journey. Come to the Coracao and get yourself a free junk of true soul food.
Come on get happy, huck the Heresy’s, nix the Nestle, ditch the Dove and get yourself a brick of some quietly fair trade dark. You ARE worth it.
A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine tracked 1000 adults and found that the people who ate chocolate more regularly had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index). On average the people who enjoyed chocolate regularly weighed 5lbs less than those who didn’t.
Here are some possible reasons why, according to David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center:
1) Dark chocolate is bittersweet. Whereas sweet stimulates appetite, bitter actually suppresses it. So the benefit comes from eating dark chocolate in particular.
2) It’s high in fat, a quality that slows digestion and helps curb appetite longer.
3) Chocolate also has a little caffeine. Caffeine revs metabolism, increasing the number of calories the body burns at rest.