Ghana will no longer sell cocoa to Switzerland
A year ago, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo became the first African leader to be invited in about 60 years on a state visit to... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ghana: How Commodity Exporting Countries Have Been Hit By Covid-19
[The Conversation Africa] Ghana generates over 80% of its export revenues from three primary commodities - gold, crude oil and cocoa exports. It is classified by UNCTAD as commodity dependent, making it vulnerable to sharp drops in commodity prices. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 15, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Land could be worth more left to nature than when farmed, study finds
Nature-rich sites such as woods and wetlands more valuable because of the ‘ecosystem services’ they provideThe economic benefits of protecting nature-rich sites such as wetlands and woodlands outweigh the profit that could be made from using the land for resource extraction, according to the largest study yet to look at the value of protecting nature at specific locations.Scientists analysed 24 sites in six continents and found the asset returns of “ecosystem services” such as carbon storage and flood prevention created by conservation work was, pound for pound, greater than manmade capital created ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Phoebe Weston Tags: Environment Farming Economics Climate change Carbon offsetting Flooding Business Greenhouse gas emissions Agriculture Science World news Biodiversity Conservation Wildlife UK news Trees and forests Source Type: news

Hershey, Nestlé and other chocolate makers sued for child slavery
(Natural News) A human rights group has filed a lawsuit against some of the biggest names in the chocolate industry for allegedly trafficking children across national borders to harvest cocoa. Eight Malian men claim they were victims of this child slave labor scheme, which involved their being recruited under false pretenses, trafficked into Côte d’Ivoire,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Discovery of chemical clue may lead to solving cacao's black pod rot mystery
(Penn State) The finding of relatively high levels of the antimicrobial compound clovamide in the leaves of a disease-resistant strain of cacao has significant implications for breeding trees that can tolerate black pod rot, according to Penn State researchers who conducted a novel study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 23, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The Secret Behind Cocoa's Brain-Boosting Ability The Secret Behind Cocoa's Brain-Boosting Ability
Drinking a flavanol-enriched cocoa drink was associated with acute cognitive benefits linked to improved brain oxygenation in a small study of healthy adults.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - December 10, 2020 Category: Neurology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

La Ni ña Weather Phenomenon Could Endanger Colombia ’ s Food Security
Family in a flooded village on the banks of the Atrato River in Chocó, Colombia. Credit: Jesús Abad Colorado/IPSBy Carmen ArroyoNEW YORK, Dec 8 2020 (IPS) After ten years without a strong La Niña weather phenomenon in Colombia, the climate pattern, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, could create a vacuum in food production and supply. Multilateral organizations, along with the Colombian government, are trying to implement measures to reduce malnutrition risk. Still, the population is already overwhelmed by a year of struggles that have deepened socio-economic differences. Starting in March this year ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Carmen Arroyo Tags: Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Cocoa Might Give Your Brain a Boost: Study
MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 -- Could the main ingredient found in chocolate super-charge your brain, help young, healthy adults think better, faster and more efficiently? Just maybe, according to a small new study out of Britain. The finding is based on... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 30, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Flavanol-rich cocoa drinks can improve brain function, study finds
Flavanol-rich cocoa drinks can improve brain oxygenation and cognitive performance in healthy adults, a new study finds. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocoa flavanols boost brain oxygenation, cognition in healthy adults
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) The brains of healthy adults recovered faster from a mild vascular challenge and performed better on complex tests if the participants consumed cocoa flavanols beforehand, researchers report in the journalScientific Reports. In the study, 14 of 18 participants saw these improvements after ingesting the flavanols. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Can drinking cocoa make you smarter?
(University of Birmingham) Increased consumption of flavanols - a group of molecules which occur naturally in fruit and vegetables - can increase your mental agility, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

When Are Frosty & Rudolph On TV? See The CBS Holiday Special Schedule
BOSTON (CBS) — The holiday season is here – and it’s the perfect time to cozy up with a mug of hot cocoa and watch some of your favorite Christmas classics. CBS has released its schedule of holiday specials for the 2020 season – including “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty The Snowman.” Take a look at the full schedule set to air on WBZ-TV below. Many will also be available to watch on CBS All Access. Friday, November 27, 2020 Frosty The Snowman 8 p.m. Frosty Returns 8:30 p.m. ***** Saturday, November 28, 2020 Robbie The Reindeer: Hooves Of Fire 8 p.m. Robbie T...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Only CBS Syndicated Local Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Source Type: news

Compounds found in cocoa may reduce your risk of heart attack and dementia
HOW TO live longer: There are many threats to longevity and they do not usually exist in isolation. The same is true for the solutions. Consuming cocoa may offer protective benefits for both the heart and brain. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diets rich in tea, berries and apples could lower blood pressure – study
Effect of greater flavan-3-ol intake is bigger in people with hypertension, research findsDiets rich in tea, berries and apples could lower blood pressure, according to the first study using objective measures of thousands of UK residents ’ eating habits.Foods and drinks such as tea, apples, grapes, red wine, and cocoa contain flavan-3-ols, which are naturally occurring compounds found in plants known to be associated with lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Tags: Medical research Health Science Society Source Type: news

High social and ecological standards for chocolate
(University of G ö ttingen) Worldwide demand for food from the tropics that meets higher environmental and social standards has risen sharply in recent years. Consumers often have to make ethically questionable decisions: products may be available through child labour, starvation wages or environmental destruction. Building on an interdisciplinary project in Peru, an international research team including G ö ttingen Univeristy published an overview on the transition to responsible, high-quality cocoa production. This 'Perspective' article appeared in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution. (Source: EurekAler...
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hand pollination, not agrochemicals, increases cocoa yield and farmer income
(University of G ö ttingen) Agroecologists from G ö ttingen University compare pesticides, fertilisers, manual pollination and farming costs in Indonesia (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 30, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Talc and petroleum jelly among the best lubricants for people wearing PPE
(Imperial College London) Talcum powder, a coconut oil-cocoa butter beeswax mixture, and petroleum jelly provide the best skin protection for long-term PPE use, say scientists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Feeling tired after enjoying a cup of coffee? You should probably limit your caffeine intake, advise researchers
(Natural News) A lot of people rely on coffee to keep them awake and improve their focus. That’s because coffee contains caffeine, a natural stimulant that’s also found in tea and cacao plants. But if you’re a frequent coffee drinker and notice you’re feeling more tired, you might need to lay off coffee – experts say... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Put down that cup of earl gray tea!
(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Cancer mutations are not necessarily bad actors, in and of themselves. In fact, in certain micro-environments like the gut, these mutations can actually help the body to fight cancer, not spread it. However, if the gut microbiome produces high levels of metabolites, like those found in certain bacteria and antioxidant rich foods like black tea and hot cocoa, then it acts as a particularly hospitable environment to mutated genes and will accelerate the growth of bowel cancers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 29, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Ghana: Bost, COCOBOD Close Offices to Protect Workers Against COVID-19
[Ghanaian Times] The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) and the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) have announced the closure of their head offices in Accra, to ensure the safety of their staff against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Coffee, cocoa and vanilla: an opportunity for more trees in tropical agricultural landscapes
(University of G ö ttingen) The cultivation of coffee, cocoa and vanilla secures the income of many small-holder farmers and also drives land-use change. In particular, cultivation in agroforestry, in which these crops are combined with trees that provide shade, is considered to have great potential for ecologically sustainable cultivation. Researchers at the University of G ö ttingen now show that the land-use history of agroforestry systems plays a crucial role in assessing the sustainability of agroforestry. Results appeared in Conservation Letters. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 15, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Study links malaria risk in deforestation hotspots to demand for agricultural commodities
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) The international trade in timber, tobacco, cocoa, coffee and cotton accounts for a high proportion of malaria risk in exporter countries, according to a collaborative study by scientists in Brazil and Australia published in Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 4, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

West Africa: Countries On Alert for Child Labour Spike Due to Coronavirus
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Children are at risk in Ivory Coast and Ghana because it is cocoa harvest season and schools are closed (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 1, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The wave of coronavirus cases is shutting down Florida beaches
Clearwater, Cocoa Beach and Fort Myers are starting to limit public use of their beaches, hoping to prevent further spread of coronavirus. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is your coffee contributing to malaria risk?
(University of Sydney) Researchers at the University of Sydney and University of S ã o Paulo, Brazil, estimate 20% of the malaria risk in deforestation hot spots is driven by the international trade of exports including: coffee, timber, soybean, cocoa, wood products, palm oil, tobacco, beef and cotton. The results of the study can be used for more demand-side approaches to mitigating malaria incidence by focusing on regulating malaria-impacted global supply chains. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 9, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cocoa a Novel Rx for Peripheral Artery Disease? Cocoa a Novel Rx for Peripheral Artery Disease?
Results of a pilot randomized trial suggest a beverage with>85% cacao may also improve symptoms of PAD, including 6-minute walk and perfusion in the legs.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - February 26, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Leftovers from chocolate manufacturing can help manage obesity and lipid disorders: Study
(Natural News) Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) is the main ingredient of chocolate, one of the most popular foods on the planet. The seeds of cocoa, also known as cocoa beans, are the only parts used for the production of chocolate. It is estimated that about nine tons of fresh byproducts — which end up as waste — are generated for each... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why your Valentine might want hot chocolate for that walk on the beach
Drinking cocoa rich in flavonols - plant compounds also found in fruits, vegetables and tea - might make walking easier for some older adults with poor circulation, a study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cocoa Consumption May Improve Walking Performance in PAD
FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 -- Cocoa consumption may improve walking performance in individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to a study published online Feb. 14 in Circulation Research. Mary M. McDermott, M.D., from the Northwestern... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 14, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cocoa 'boosts blood circulation to legs and helps keep over 60s on their feet'
Over 60s drank a mug of flavanol-rich cocoa three times a day for six months in a study by Northwestern University in Chicago. Participants were able to walk significantly further in a walking test at the end. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocoa may improve leg blood flow, walking in peripheral artery disease
Cocoa may help improve walking and lower-leg blood flow in adults with peripheral artery disease, according to a study published Friday in the journal Circulation Research. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocoa may improve lower-leg blood flow, walking in peripheral artery disease
Cocoa may help improve walking and lower-leg blood flow in adults with peripheral artery disease, according to a study published Friday in the journal Circulation Research. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exploring the link between cacao byproducts and obesity management
In this study, researchers from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico prepared, characterized and analyzed the effects of a nutraceutical made using cacao byproducts on altered cardiometabolic risk markers. Their findings were published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. When making chocolate, only cocoa seeds are used. The other parts and byproducts are discarded,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers validate transferable & accessible method to quantify flavanols & procyanidins
(CNC Communications) Building on over two decades of research, Mars and the University of California Davis have developed a new methodology to measure cocoa flavanols and procyanidins that is more accurate and more reliable than previous analytical approaches. The method, published in Food& Function, has been developed in partnership with Waters, the world's leading specialty measurement company and chromatography pioneer, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Dept. of Commerce (NIST). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers find that cocoa flavonoids can help improve mobility and quality of life for the elderly
(Natural News) In case you need another reason to love chocolate: Flavonoid-rich cocoa supplements may be linked to improvements in heart health, mobility and overall quality of life for people over the age of 55, according to a new study published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A. In the study, researchers from Mexico and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers identify novel biomarkers to accurately measure dietary intake of key bioactives
(CNC Communications) Recent studies published in Nature Scientific Reports:Identify new biomarkers for measuring the intake of flavanols and procyanidins, key bioactives in apples, blueberries, grapes, pears and cocoa. Validate -- based on rigorously established criteria - the utility of these new biomarkers. Provide researchers with a path forward to accurately assess bioactive nutrient intake in large populations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yule log chemistry trivia -- 4 hours cozy fireplace for your nerdy holiday parties (video)
(American Chemical Society) Ready to kick back and relax by the fire this holiday season? We've got you covered. Enjoy our chemistry-themed yule log trivia with a cup of hot cocoa at home or at the annual ugly sweater party: https://youtu.be/2zC6UgflHMQ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Novel way to ID disease-resistance genes in chocolate-producing trees found
(Penn State) Chocolate-producing cacao trees that are resistant to a major pathogen were identified by an international team of plant geneticists. The findings point the way for plant breeders to develop trees that are tolerant of the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 6, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ghana: Gut Flora (Microbiota) and Health - Positive Effects of Polyphenol-Rich Foods
[Ghanaian Times] "Death sits in the bowels". "Bad digestion is the root of all evil".-Hippocrates 400 B.C. It appears that this statement was ignored for a long time. I will first rely on information from a paper by Duda-Chodak et al, titled "Interaction of dietary compounds, especially polyphenols,with the intestinal microbiota: a review" published in the European Journal of Nutrition (2015) 54:325-341. I must add that it is my continuing search on cocoa health benefits, which leads me to new frontiers. The authors noted (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Health Tip: Avoiding Cabin Fever This Winter
-- Sipping hot cocoa on the couch during winter may be a peaceful pursuit. But if cabin fever sets in on you or your family, it may make you very restless. SCL Health gives advice for staying sane inside this winter: Spend time in the kitchen.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 25, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Sweet hope for people with multiple sclerosis: Chemicals in chocolate shown to reduce fatigue
(Natural News) Good news for chocolate lovers who are also suffering from multiple sclerosis: Researchers from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K. confirmed that flavonoids in cocoa help fight fatigue. These chemicals possess anti-inflammatory properties that may be especially beneficial for people with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that affects nearly... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to fight illegal cocoa farms in Ivory Coast
(Ohio State University) The world's love for chocolate has helped decimate protected forests in western Africa as some residents have turned protected areas into illegal cocoa farms and hunting grounds. But an international group of researchers has found that simply patrolling the grounds of two forest reserves in Ivory Coast has helped reduce illegal activity by well more than half between 2012 and 2016. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 21, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Expert assesses possible health benefits of a selection of hot chocolates
Manufacturers have focused on adding health benefits to our favourite hot chocolate drink. The best was Cacao Superpowder which received the best score of 9/10. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ghana: World Stroke Day - Acting Fast to Cut Stroke in Half
[Ghanaian Times] Something interesting happened this morning. After my usual early morning posts about the health benefits of cocoa, a colleague reminded me that today, October 29, is World Stroke Day. The theme for this year's day is "Cut Stroke in Half" by 2030. The campaigns aims to reduce instances of stroke through an integrated prevention strategy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 30, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Boy's eczema cleared overnight after taking a £2.60 cocoa butter moisturiser from Aldi
Sarah Boyd, from Caerphilly in Wales, was devastated that 'nothing was working' to relieve Ben of his skin condition. She found Palmer's Cocoa Butter, sold at Aldi, cleared his feet overnight. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heavy rain in Ivory Coast may boost cocoa output but raises disease fears
Heavy rain last week in most of Ivory Coast's cocoa growing regions could boost harvesting in the coming months but farmers fear beans could start rotting due to high humidity, they told Reuters on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Ghana: Students Urged to Consume More Cocoa to Improve Academic Performance
[Ghanaian Times] Students and pupils have been urged to consume more cocoa products to improve upon their academic performance in school. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 3, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

SpaceX ’s Starhopper Flight Test Is a Big Step Forward for Elon Musk’s Moon Dreams
You know a spacecraft is cool when you watch it fly and can’t help but think it looks more like a bit of Hollywood CGI than an actual machine. The SpaceX Starhopper spacecraft was very much the real deal — a bright chrome, a 60-ft. tall, three-finned contraption powered by a single engine — when it made an exceedingly brief, 54-second flight on Aug. 27 in Boca Chica, Texas. But it still seemed whimsically imaginary. “It almost looked like a cartoon or something,” Cheryl Stevens, a nearby resident, told Reuters. All the same, the flight represented a tiny but very important step for the develo...
Source: TIME: Science - August 28, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime Space SpaceX Source Type: news

Chocolate Can Throw Off Potency Tests On Marijuana Edibles, Researchers Say
(AP) – How much marijuana is really in that pot brownie? Chocolate can throw off potency tests so labels aren’t always accurate, and now scientists are trying to figure out why. In states where marijuana is legal, pot comes in cookies, mints, gummies, protein bars — even pretzels. These commercial products are labeled with the amount of high-inducing THC. That helps medical marijuana patients get the desired dose and other consumers attune their buzz. But something about chocolate, chemists say, seems to interfere with potency testing. A chocolate labeled as 10 milligrams of THC could have far more and se...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Marijuana Source Type: news

Ghana: Pupils to Enjoy Free Cocoa Drink As Breakfast From Sept 2019
[Ghanaian Times] President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will from September 2019, launch the Cocoa Beverage Project (CBP), to supply pupils under the school feeding programme, cocoa drink in addition to their school meals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 22, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news