Ghana: Polyphenol-Rich Cocoa Consumption As Part of Balanced Diet
[Ghanaian Times] Recently I received an enquiry from a Ghanaian student studying abroad. I gathered there was a discussion in class and knowing that Ghana was noted for cocoa production wanted to know the amount of cocoa one should consume per day as part of a balanced diet. I checked this one out and found out that this enquiry had been a subject handled by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2012. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the benefits of cocoa butter?
Cocoa butter is a popular home remedy for skin health. In this article, we look at the evidence behind various benefits of cocoa butter and possible side effects. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

In the Loop: Practice -- and moulage -- makes perfect inside Mayo Clinic's Simulation Centers
Amy Lannen often leaves notes warning her colleagues not to eat the Jell-O, cocoa powder, oatmeal and other foods she keeps on a shelf at work. It's not that she's a snack hoarder. (At least not that we know of.) Lannen's goodies are actually the tools of her trade. Lannen, who works at the J. Wayne [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 30, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Go for the original: Cacao offers more health benefits than regular chocolate
(Natural News) Chocolate is considered a delicious and nutritious snack, given that it is made from raw cacao, where most of its health benefits come from. Raw cacao, unlike processed cocoa powder and regular chocolate bars, is not exposed to high temperatures, which remove many of its unique health benefits. Here are more reasons why... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ask Well: Is the Saturated Fat in Chocolate as Bad as the Fat in Meat?
Chocolate contains a healthier blend of fats than meats do. But don ’ t go overboard. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Chocolate Cocoa Oils and Fats Meat Heart Diet and Nutrition Memory Source Type: news

Eating dark chocolate every day improves your blood pressure in just a MONTH
A study by the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal, found that 90 per cent cocoa chocolate improves our pulse rate and artery flexibility. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 5 best foods to boost your brain health
(Natural News) Like the body, the brain needs fuel, which can be obtained from brain-healthy foods. Here are some foods that can give your brain a boost: Cacao: Eating chocolates — the real ones, made from cacao — is good for your brain, thanks to powerful compounds called flavonols. These compounds act as antioxidants and help... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?
Dark chocolate generally contains less sugar and more cacao solids than milk chocolate. It is also rich in antioxidants and some minerals. Research suggests that regularly eating dark chocolate may provide several health benefits. Learn more about these benefits here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Light, Sound, and Alzheimer ’s; Cocoa for MS Fatigue; Manganese and Parkinson's
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of neurology and neuroscience (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - March 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Cocoa May Curb Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis Cocoa May Curb Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis
Consuming high-flavonoid cocoa may offer a feasible and effective dietary approach to the common problem of fatigue in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 12, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Cocoa butter is a creamy vegan alternative to regular butter
(Natural News) Cocoa butter is most commonly used for making chocolate. It is the fat extracted from cocoa beans. This means that it is vegan and dairy-free, making it much healthier than regular butter. Cocoa butter offers a myriad of health benefits. Cocoa butter is good for the heart. Research has shown that plant-derived saturated fats are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocoa Beverage Could Improve Multiple Sclerosis-Related Fatigue
WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 -- For patients with relapsing and remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), a flavonoid cocoa beverage can potentially improve fatigue and fatigability, according to a study published online March 4 in the Journal of Neurology,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Hot Cocoa May Ease the Fatigue of MS
Cocoa is rich in flavonoids, which are abundant in fruit and vegetables and have been linked with anti-inflammatory properties. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Cocoa may help treat common MS symptom
New research may have uncovered an 'easy, safe, and cost-effective way' to improve the lives of those living with multiple sclerosis. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Multiple Sclerosis Source Type: news

Hot Cocoa May Ease the Fatigue of MS
TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 -- Fatigue can plague many people with multiple sclerosis (MS). But a small new study suggests a soothing cup of hot cocoa may bring some relief. Like dark chocolate, cocoa is rich in flavonoids, which are abundant in fruit... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 5, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Drinking a mug of cocoa each day may help MS patients
Patients who drank cocoa drink rich in flavonoids every day for six weeks reported less fatigue and pain, scientists at Oxford Brookes University found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocoa might help curb MS-related fatigue
People drinking high-flavonoid cocoa were less tired on six-minute walk test than those on low-flavonoid drink Related items fromOnMedica Quarter million people taking benzodiazepines for more than a year Give pharmacists more prescribing rights to ease GP burden Experts call on regulators to revisit nalmefene decision BMJ questions trial evidence for rivaroxaban GPs lack awareness of zinc induced copper deficiency (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Making Mayo's Recipes: Love this chocolate cake
If you're celebrating with a special valentine this week, you might want to try this chocolate cake recipe. Cocoa powder, hot coffee and fat-free yogurt are just some of the ingredients. Each Thursday, one of the more than 100 video recipes from the?Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program?is?featured on the Mayo Clinic News Network -- just [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 14, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Hot cocoa can stave off the flu
(Natural News) Flu fear-mongering campaigns are designed to scare the public into becoming willing pin-cushions for the corrupt vaccine industry. But what flu shot propagandists don’t want you to know is that simply eating right, avoiding toxins and living a healthy lifestyle is far more conducive to good health than any cocktail Big Pharma could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chef Sandra Lee Rose to Fame on Charm and Cool Whip. Now She ’s Taking on Cancer
Sandra Lee, the creator of the Semi-Homemade brand of cookbooks, magazines and TV shows and a person who leaves nothing to chance, is sitting in a high-ceilinged ballroom on Wall Street on a rainy evening the weekend after Thanksgiving, listening to a local official present her with a tribute. But, sincere as the speech is, it cannot be heard over the chatter of the members of the New York City independent-film community who have turned out for the IFP Gotham awards. This is not Lee’s usual audience. To New York’s indie-film elite, she is that woman who rose to fame on her ability to gussy up ready-made food in...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Belinda Luscombe Tags: Uncategorized celebrity Source Type: news

Fight diabetes with dark chocolate: Compounds in cocoa found to help cells release more insulin
(Natural News) A study has discovered that specific compounds found in dark chocolate (particularly its cocoa content) can help fight diabetes. These compounds, known as epicatechin monomers, can aid the body release more insulin and respond to increased blood glucose better. The body needs the insulin hormone to control glucose, which is the blood sugar,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study finds that roasted jackfruit seeds can be used to make a healthier cappuccino
(Natural News) Jackfruit is a unique and exotic fruit with a subtle sweet flavor. The results of a study revealed that aside from being a versatile ingredient, jackfruit can also be used as an alternative to cocoa powder used to make cappuccino. The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocoa has profound healing properties, beating even acai and blueberries
(Natural News) Have you ever suddenly felt better after drinking a nice, warm cup of cocoa? That good feeling isn’t all in your head, and it isn’t just because cocoa is delicious. Cocoa powder possesses profound healing qualities that surpass even those of renowned superfruits, such as acai berries, blueberries, cranberries, and pomegranates. It is the main ingredient... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Couldn't sleep last night? A cup of cocoa for breakfast can reduce the negative effects of sleep deprivation
(Natural News) Researchers suggest drinking a cup of cocoa after a night of sleeplessness after conducting a study that concluded that flavanol-rich cocoa can reduce the risk of the negative effects of sleep deprivation. The study, which was published in the Journal of Hypertension, revealed that consuming a cup of flavanol-rich cocoa reduces the negative... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cure for coughs found in chocolate? Study finds that cocoa is effective cough medicine
(Natural News) Chocolate is often considered a guilty pleasure because the delicious treat is rich in calories, fat, and sugar. However, study findings have revealed that chocolate can help treat a cough. Curing a cough with cocoa In an interview with The Daily Mail, Professor Alyn Morice, who is the head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Guac out this holiday season with this DIY avocado cocoa face mask
Unwind for the holidays with these DIY all natural skin care products! (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Our ancestors were enjoying cocoa over 5,000 years ago
Cocoa was very important to our ancestors, and a new study reveals just how early they started to relish this treat, and where it really originated. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

On Christmas Eve, Santa delivers presents ... and a few extra heart attacks
If you think of the night before Christmas as a time for hot cocoa, cozy fires and Bing Crosby albums, a new discovery by Swedish researchers may well break your heart:The risk of suffering a heart attack spikes on Christmas Eve.That finding is based on a comprehensive database of hospital statistics... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - December 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Wild coffee plants, Christmas trees and chocolate's tree are surprisingly poorly protected
(International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) An indicator to measure plant conservation shows a wide range of wild plants used for food, medicine, shelter, fuel, livestock forage and other valuable purposes are at risk. These include wild populations of firs used for Christmas trees, the original types of kitchen-cupboard staples like vanilla, chamomile, cacao and cinnamon, wild relatives of crops like coffee, and non-cultivated plants used by bees to make honey. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Are Smoothies Healthy? Here ’s What the Experts Say
Smoothies have a health glow about them. They’re often an integral part of cleanses, and they’re ubiquitous at health food stores and health-centric restaurants. And the smoothie trend is still going strong. Workout studios serve them up post-class, dietitians preach their powers and fit celebrities tout their nutritional prowess. But are smoothies healthy? Here’s what you should know about the drink, whether you’re picking one up or making your own. How to make healthy smoothies You can put nearly anything into a smoothie. But most consist of liquid (like water, non-dairy milk or kefir), fruits, ve...
Source: TIME: Health - November 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cassie Shortsleeve  Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news

Cocoa found to have a powerful inhibitory effect on influenza virus infections
(Natural News) Cocoa can protect against an influenza infection by activating the body’s natural immunity and enhancing immune response, according to a study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The study, conducted by researchers in Japan, looked the protective effect of cocoa on the influenza virus using both laboratory testing and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocoa provides strong protection against the influenza virus
(Natural News) Researchers in Japan found that cocoa can provide strong protection against the influenza virus. In the study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, the researchers examined the protective effect of cocoa on the influenza virus using both laboratory testing and clinical trials. Cocoa has been known to contain... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Compost made from cocoa pod waste better than inorganic fertilizers in improving soil quality
(Natural News) Most people know that chocolates come from the cocoa tree; however, only the seeds of the tree are used, with most industries discarding the husks that house these seeds. However, a study published in the OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences may breathe new life into these husks, thanks to rot fungi – which can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Origin of chocolate shifts 1,400 miles and 1,500 years
Cacao was in use in South America centuries before its exploitation by civilisations in Mexico and Central America, experts sayThe key ingredient of chocolate was being used in South America centuries before it was exploited by civilisations in Mexico and Central America, according to new research.The cacao tree, and in particular the drinks made from its dried seeds, has long been linked to the Maya and other ancient civilisations in Mesoamerica – a heritage embraced by chocolate companies that produce goods with monikers likeMaya Gold.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Biology Science Chocolate Ecuador Americas World news Food Source Type: news

Maribel ’ s Sweets Inc. Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Allergens in Chocolate Bars
Maribel ’ s Sweets Inc. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 2.82oz MarieBelle Japanese Matcha Japanese Green Tea and White Chocolate Bar, container code 101619, Cacao Market by MarieBelle Rosemary Truffle Salt 60% Dark Chocolate Bar, all container codes, and the Cacao Market by MarieBelle Orange Peels 60% Dark Chocolate Bar, all container codes, because they may contain undeclared milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to milk allergens may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - October 29, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Novel insights into the heart health benefits of cocoa flavanols and procyanidins
(CNC Communcations) A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition adds to the body of data demonstrating that bioactive compounds found in cocoa can keep the heart healthy -- but two types of bioactives called flavanols and procyanidins behave differently in the body. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 26, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cappuccino made with jackfruit seed flour has chocolate aroma
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) A study conducted in Brazil shows that flour made from roasted jackfruit seeds can replace cocoa powder in a mixture of milk and coffee used to make cappuccino. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Samara Polytech University created healthy candies with original fillings
(Samara Polytech (Samara State Technical University)) Today, not only Polytech scientists are engaged in making sweets by hand. However, many sellers of handmade chocolate products cheat using ready-made chocolate. It is usually not very high quality, contains not cocoa butter, but a large amount of vegetable fat and thickeners. Very rarely, in such sweets there is praline nut, usually manufacturers prefer cheaper fruit and berry fillings: marmalade and jams. These products can not be attributed to the premium class. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 18, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Eat more chocolate and drink more green tea: Polyphenols found to help prevent obesity
(Natural News) Polyphenols are a group of micronutrients that naturally occur in plants. Cocoa, coffee, green tea, and garcinia are some foods that are rich in polyphenols. In a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, these plant foods were revealed to help fight obesity. Obesity is the abnormal or excessive buildup... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These delicious food items ease inflammation associated with asthma
(Natural News) What do cocoa beans and natto have that benefits asthma sufferers? It is the chemical compound ligustrazine, which has been used as a medicinal agent in China for decades. An animal study conducted by Chinese researchers showed that ligustrazine can reduce the inflammation that blocks the airway of mice with neutrophilic asthma. Neutrophilic asthma... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocoa contains vitamin D
Cocoa has been found to be rich source of vitamin D2, according to research published inFood Chemistry.MedicalXpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - September 27, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

A natural chemical compound found in natto and cocoa beans found to alleviate airway inflammation
(Natural News) An animal study demonstrated the ability of ligustrazine to alleviate airway inflammation in mice with neutrophilic asthma. Found in cocoa beans and natto, the chemical compound outperformed a corticosteroid drug when it came to alleviating the inflammation caused by this type of asthma. The animal trial was supported by the Shandong University. Its findings were published in the Chinese... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Row over hot chocolate that claims it can stop women's hair falling out
Cocoa Locks went on sale on the UK high street for the first time this summer and costs £27.95 for a one-month supply, which works out at around 93p a day. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yes, There Is Room for Chocolate in Your Diet
MONDAY, July 30, 2018 -- Dark chocolate is soothing and satisfying, and it may have health benefits, including some for heart health. But can it fit into a weight-loss diet? Yes … if you control portions. Unsweetened cocoa -- the cacao bean... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 30, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nectar Foods Inc Dba Honey Mama's Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Almonds in Oregon Peppermint Cacao Nectar Bar
Nectar Foods Inc., DBA Honey Mama's of Portland, Oregon is recalling 79 Sleeves (948 units) of Oregon Peppermint bars, lot code 112918, because it may contain undeclared Almonds. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 23, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Weekend Recipe: Your Guide to Creating Dairy-Free Nut, Seed and Rice Milks
When I create recipes, I always try to cater to people who have intolerances to ingredients such as lactose. Nut and seed milks are a delicious lactose-free alternative to traditional dairy milk, and they can be used in a variety of recipes that require the real thing. They can also provide your body with essential minerals such as calcium and magnesium. In my cookbook Purely Delicious, I created a full chapter exclusively to these concoctions — 12 total, all with their own unique benefits and flavor profiles. The key ingredient you choose to make your dairy-free milks with will ultimately determine the taste and tex...
Source: TIME: Health - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Teresa Cutter — The Healthy Chef Tags: Uncategorized Food Source Type: news

Kenya:Mbogo-Omollo's Luxury Meals vs Weevil-Infested Prison Food
[Nation] Youth Affairs Principal Secretary Lilian Mbogo-Omollo on Wednesday had a rich breakfast: Fish fingers and a choice of tea or cocoa, brown or white bread with margarine, jam, marmalade, wimbi porridge, and cereals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

These 5 Tips From Dietitians Will Make It Easier to Eat Healthy
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jessica Migala / Health Tags: Uncategorized Healthy Eating Nutrition onetime Source Type: news

Labor exploitation is endemic in global tea and cocoa industries, international study finds
(University of Sheffield) Labor exploitation including forced labor is endemic at the base of global tea and cocoa supply chains, according to a pioneering international study published by researchers at the University of Sheffield today (31 May 2018). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Father's relief as surgeons remove a huge keloid tumour hanging from his face
Father-of-eight Leon, 42, says his 'burden was lifted' when surgeons removed a huge growth from the face of the cocoa farmer from Cameroon, after a tumour grew out of wounds from a motorbike crash. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news