Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Catastrophe! The world is running out of chocolate

November 15, 2014

This is rather more serious than any other doomsday scenario. Forget peak oil and peak gas and melting ice caps and food crises and mass extinctions and all the other alarmist and fictitious memes (which are not happening anyway). This crisis is real. The rapture of humanity is threatened. The Security Council should meet. The Quality of Life must be protected.

A world without chocolate is too miserable to contemplate.

 

Washington Post:

There’s no easy way to say this: You’re eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it’s getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous (if you love chocolate) scenario if it doesn’t stop. 

Those are, roughly speaking, the words of two huge chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut. And there’s some data to back them up. ……..

Last year, the world ate roughly 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than it produced. By 2020, the two chocolate-makers warn that that number could swell to 1 million metric tons, a more than 14-fold increase; by 2030, they think the deficit could reach 2 million metric tons. …

…. China’s growing love for the stuff is of particular concern. The Chinese are buying more and more chocolate each year. Still, they only consume per capita about 5 percent of what the average Western European eats. There’s also the rising popularity of dark chocolate, which contains a good deal more cocoa by volume than traditional chocolate bars (the average chocolate bar contains about 10 percent, while dark chocolate often contains upwards of 70 percent).

Frequent eating of chocolate (any amount) keeps you thin

March 27, 2012

The kind of study results I thoroughly approve of and would like to believe!!

If only I was also convinced that it was entirely unbiased. It sounds like one of those studies which, if it had shown that chocolate was poisonous, would somehow have not been published.

A chocolate bar and melted chocolate. Chocolat...

A new paper in Archives of Internal Medicine:

Association Between More Frequent Chocolate Consumption and Lower Body Mass Index Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD; Sabrina Koperski, BS; Halbert L. White, PhD Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(6):519-521. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.2100

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Dark chocolate is a “super-food”

February 13, 2011
Dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate: Image via Wikipedia

Cacao seeds are a super-fruit and dark chocolate is a super-food with health giving properties superior to many fruit juices.

This comes from a peer reviewed paper in Chemistry Central Journal even if the study was conducted by scientists at the Hershey Centre for Health & Nutrition. To satisfy my own preferences for dark chocolate I am willing to overlook the fact that the Hershey Centre for Health and Nutrition has probably never found any negative effects of chocolate!!

However heating chocolate destroyed its health giving properties.

Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products by Stephen J Crozier, Amy G Preston,  W Jeffrey Hurst , Mark J Payne , Julie Mann, Larry Hainly  and Debra L Miller, Chemistry Central Journal 2011, 5:5

doi:10.1186/1752-153X-5-5

The Telegraph reports:

Researchers found that chocolate contains more healthy plant compounds, gram-for-gram, than many fruit juices.

In a test, they found that powdered dark chocolate contained more antioxidants and polyphenols – all of which are thought to protect the body from diseases such as cancer, and heart conditions.

Superfoods are usually classed as those high in antioxidants – compounds which prevent oxidisation and can stop healthy cells from being damaged.

Researchers made comparisons between single servings of dark chocolate, cocoa, hot chocolate mix, and fruit juices including acai berries, cranberries and pomegranates

The research showed that both dark chocolate and cocoa had more antioxidant activity and more flavonols than fruit.

Dr Debra Millar, the lead author, said that the results showed that chocolate should be labelled a “superfruit”.

“Cacao seeds should be considered a ‘super fruit’ and products derived from cacao seed extracts, such as natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate, as ‘super foods’,” she said. …….  However heating chocolate destroyed any health giving properties, they discovered.


 

Blueberries and chocolates keep blood pressure in check !

January 15, 2011
Blueberry

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This is good news!

New studies have found that specific properties of blueberries may help reduce the risks of developing high blood pressure. Blueberries contain high concentrations of anthocyanins and are very antioxidant rich. Anthocyanins are very dark in color, usually blue, purple or dark red. Other foods with similar antioxidant qualities are red wine, chocolate, tea, vegetables, and some grains.

For the study, scientists fromHarvard University analyzed information of about 135,000 women and nearly 50,000 men. Individuals were followed for 14 years and were asked to complete health surveys every two years. Each person also had their diet analyzed every four years. None of the individuals experienced hypertension at the start of the research period.

During the study, about 35,000 individuals became hypertensive. Researchers found that individuals consuming a large amount of food containing anthocyanins noticed an 8 percent lower risk of developing hypertension than those who consumed very little. Additionally, people under the age of 60 noticed the most benefit from these antioxidants.

For this study, blueberries appeared to be more effective than strawberries for preventing hypertension.

Red wine followed by dark chocolate and a good helping of blueberries – is something I can live with.


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