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 16, 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Ghana: Consumption of Polyphenol-Rich Cocoa Promotes Weight Loss
[Ghanaian Times] At a recent presentation on health benefits of cocoa, I was asked to shed light on how regular consumption of polyphenol-rich cocoa could promote weight loss. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

When it comes to chocolate, darker is healthier: Experts find it can reduce heart disease risk factors in just a month
(Natural News) Let your sweet tooth rejoice: Eating dark chocolate is good for your cardiovascular health, says a recent study in the journal Nutrition. The research, a collaboration between the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC) in Portugal and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, revealed that just a few squares of dark chocolate – in particular, those with 90 percent cocoa content – can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Parents Are Turning to a Controversial Treatment for Food Allergies
This article was originally published on Undark. Read the original article. (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - August 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Esther Landhuis / Undark Tags: Uncategorized allergies health onetime syndication Source Type: news

Is dark chocolate REALLY so much better for you? 
Earlier this year, Portuguese researchers reported in the journal Nutrition that eating a few squares of 90 per cent cocoa dark chocolate every day could lower blood pressure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fair Trade Helps Farmers, But Not Their Hired Workers
According to a new study of cocoa-producing cooperatives, Fair Trade certification boosts the income of small farmers, but those benefits aren't shared with their hired workers.(Image credit: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Cocoa shells may help prevent obesity-induced insulin resistance
A study of immune and fat cells from mice found that cocoa shell extract can reduce and prevent some of the cell dysfunctions that can result from obesity. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness Source Type: news

New Research Is Focusing on Treating Teens ’ Suicidal Thoughts With Support of Friends, Family
This article was originally published on Undark. Read the original article. (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - June 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jill U. Adams / Undark Tags: Uncategorized mental health onetime syndication Source Type: news

Cocoa constituents may have anti-obesity effects
A study, published inMolecular Nutrition and Food Research, reports that phenolic compounds found in cocoa bean shells have anti-inflammatory effects on fat cellsin vitro, which may reduce fat accumulation and decrease insulin resistance.Medical Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - June 21, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Study: Phenols in cocoa bean shells may reverse obesity-related problems in mouse cells
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois suggests that three of the phenolic compounds in cocoa bean shells have powerful effects on the fat and immune cells in mice, potentially reversing the chronic inflammation and insulin resistance associated with obesity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How much would you pay to eliminate child labor from your cocoa?
(PLOS) An increase in cocoa price by 2.8% could potentially eliminate the very worst forms of child labor from cocoa production in Ghana, according to a new economic model described in a study published June 5, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jeff Luckstead and Lawton L. Nalley from the University of Arkansas, USA, and Francis Tsiboe from Kansas State University, USA. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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