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

Optimum shade for cocoa
(ETH Zurich) As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising. For production to keep up, agricultural practices have to become more sustainable. ETH researchers tested what shade trees can contribute to solving this problem. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 18, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The best way to boost the health benefits of cocoa beans lies in how you roast them
(Natural News) Several studies have already determined that chocolate offers various health benefits, but according to researchers from Penn State University (PSU), roasting cocoa beans for a specific length of time and at a certain temperature can both “preserve and even boost the potency of some bioactive and antioxidant compounds while protecting desired sensory aspects... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Ways to Make Your Coffee Even Healthier
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cynthia Sass / Health.com Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Weekend Recipe: Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies for Mother ’s Day
This healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe is super easy to make. My secret is to use good-quality dark eating chocolate. The 70 – 80% cocoa type such as Lindt, which is not too sweet. Using quality ingredients will create the most delicious cookie, and will be perfect with your next pot of tea or to dunk into a glass of icy cold almond milk. You don’t need any special equipment to make this recipe, just a bowl for mixing the ingredients with your hands. I always double or triple the recipe because they don’t last long in my home. This recipe is from my cookbook Purely Delicious. WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Teresa Cutter — The Healthy Chef Tags: Uncategorized Food Source Type: news

Cocoa CRISPR: Gene editing shows promise for improving the 'chocolate tree'
(Penn State) Use of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 could help to breed cacao trees that exhibit desirable traits such as enhanced resistance to diseases, according to Penn State plant scientists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 10, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Rebuilding the Amazon forest with chocolate: How cocoa could be the key to making South America green again
(Natural News) For decades, Brazilian ranchers have been part of the wide-scale destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Now, they – and chocolate – could be the keys to make South America green again. According to a Reuters report, many ranchers are planting cocoa trees with the support of environmentalists who believe cocoa plantations can serve as... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sensual sweet seduction: Why chocolate is good for your heart, brain, and mood
(Natural News) People from all over the world collectively consume more than three million tons of cocoa beans a year, according to the World Cocoa Foundation. Chocolate comes from the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree, whose name means “food of the gods” in Greek, an apt name for the most popular sweet treat in the world. Theobroma cacao is... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The darkest chocolate bars on the market are best for your health
While many wince at bars with more than 70 percent cacao, the team at  Loma Linda University in California found such a high concentration helps boost the brain and heart by reducing inflammation. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocoa bean roasting can preserve both chocolate health benefits, taste
(Penn State) Manipulating the temperature and the length of time under which cocoa beans are roasted can simultaneously preserve and even boost the potency of some bioactive and antioxidant compounds while protecting desired sensory aspects of chocolate, according to Penn State researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Chocolate IS good for you: Why a bit of cocoa every day really does boost your mind, heart and mood
Rob Hobson, a leading registered nutritionist and  author of Cheats& Eats, takes a look at how much good chocolate will do for our health this Easter - and how to make it even healthier. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Grandfather, 68, claims to have cured his type 2 diabetes with dark chocolate and grapes
Terry Kemp, 68, from Bristol, developed the condition after ballooning to 16 stone. He began eating just a bar of 85 per cent cocoa chocolate, alongside a 500g punnet of red grapes, every day. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The dark truth about chocolate
Grand health claims have been made about chocolate, but while it gives us pleasure, can it really be good for us?Chocolate has been touted as a treatment for agitation, anaemia, angina and asthma. It has been said to awaken appetite and act as an aphrodisiac. You may have noticed we ’re still on the letter A.More accurately, and to avoid adding to considerable existing confusion, it is the seeds of theTheobroma cacao tree that have, over hundreds of years, been linked to cures and therapies for more than 100 diseases and conditions. Their status as a cure-all dates back over 2,000 years, having spread from the Olmecs...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 25, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nic Fleming Tags: Chocolate Nutrition Food & drink Diabetes High blood pressure Diets and dieting Health wellbeing Science Source Type: news

11 Things Nutritionists Eat at the Airport —and 4 They Avoid
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - March 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health.com Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Weekend Recipe: A Delicious and Gluten-Free Banana Bread
There is something magical and comforting about banana bread served lightly warm or toasted alongside your favorite latte. What I love about this recipe is its simplicity and the use of delicious ingredients that are good for you. On my website, I always discuss using high-quality ingredients in your meals. Cooking to me is about quality foods that are lovingly prepared in order to nourish your body. You’ll find my version of banana bread is a nice change from your typical store-bought and café-style banana breads that are generally high in refined white flour, sugar and unhealthy fats. I love using extra virg...
Source: TIME: Health - March 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Teresa Cutter — The Healthy Chef Tags: Uncategorized Cooking Food healthytime meals Recipes Source Type: news

The 6 Best Snacks for Anyone Cutting Out Sugar, According to a Nutritionist
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD Tags: Uncategorized Food Healthy Eating onetime Source Type: news

Healthiest Office Snacks, As Chosen By Nutritionists
(CNN) — When your stomach starts grumbling during a midmorning meeting or when you’re stuck at your desk without a break in sight, what is the most satisfying and healthy snack to grab? To answer this question, I asked 10 nutritionists what their favorite go-to nosh is during a busy workday. Below, their responses. ALMONDS “Almonds are my number one go-to snack when hunger hits between meals. In a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1.5 ounces of almonds (about 35 nuts) consumed as a snack daily for four weeks helped to suppress hunger between meals. How? Because the fiber, prot...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local TV Snacks Source Type: news

Stressed-out cacao trees produce more nutritionally potent chocolate - new research
(Natural News) A bite of your favorite chocolate bar can take off the stress for most people – studies have already looked into it – but research has shown that putting cocoa trees under stress can lead to better-tasting chocolate. In particular, drought and other weather conditions have more impact on cocoa production than how the tree themselves are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scaling service delivery in a failed state: cocoa smallholders, farmer Field Schools, persistent bureaucrats and institutional work in C ôte d'Ivoire - Muilerman S, Vellema S.
The increased use of sustainability standards in the international trade in cocoa challenges companies to find effective modes of service delivery to large numbers of small-scale farmers. A case study of the Sustainable Tree Crops Program targeting the sma... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Rural and Agricultural Issues Source Type: news

Could Chocolate Go Extinct? What's Being Done To Prevent This Disaster
Will chocolate (otherwise known as happiness) really go extinct in 40 years? Here are the threats to cacao plants, which are the natural source of chocolate, and what is being done to prevent this catstrophe. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Could Chocolate Actually Go Extinct In 40 Years?
Could this really happen to chocolate, otherwise known as happiness? Here are the threats to cacao plants, which are the natural sources of chocolate. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Christmas Brings Chocolate Poisoning Warning For Dogs
CBS Local — The holiday season is here and veterinarians are warning pet owners that all the extra candy laying around this time of year can be fatal for their dogs and cats. Writing in the journal Veterinary Record, Vets say Christmas and Easter are the most dangerous times of the year for pets to fall ill from eating chocolate. Their study found hundreds of cases of dogs suffering from chocolate poisoning after stealing candy, eating out of open chocolate boxes, or even drinking unguarded cups of hot cocoa. “The take home message is firstly to make sure that people recognize that chocolate is a potential...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Chocolate Chocolate poisoning Chris Melore Christmas Dogs Local TV Pets talkers Source Type: news

FDA warns snorting cacao powder could cause asthma
The FDA has sent a warning letter to the makers of Coco Loko, a snort-able chocolate powder that the administration says encourages drug abuse and poses health risks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Daily Dose of Almonds, Dark Chocolate May Improve Lipid Profile Daily Dose of Almonds, Dark Chocolate May Improve Lipid Profile
The combined intake of almonds, dark chocolate, and cocoa led to a significant reduction in small LDL-C particles in a small controlled-feeding trial.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Cocoa found to prevent type-2 diabetes
(Natural News) Research has found that cocoa contains certain compounds that can help the body release more insulin and respond to increased blood glucose (or blood sugar) better. But do not stock up on too much sugar-rich chocolates at the check-out counter just yet. Jeffrey Tessem, study author and assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics, and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study links chocolate production to increased deforestation in poor nations
(Lehigh University) In newly published research, Mark Noble, visiting assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Lehigh, focuses on the link between cocoa exports and deforestation in developing nations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Maine Wants a Lobster Emoji. Here ’s What 5 Other States Should Request
Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine has a modest request for the council that oversees emojis: Consider the lobster. New emojis require the approval of a group called the Unicode Consortium, which oversees this pantheon of modern hieroglyphics among other efforts to standardize text across the Web. As King’s letter notes, there is currently an emoji for the crab but not for his state’s largest export, which is booming in sales thanks in large part to a growing taste for the crustacean in China. Maine shipped $382 million in lobsters last year, though the total economic impact of the industry is much greater. ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Wilson Tags: Uncategorized emojis interactive studio lobster emoji new emojis Source Type: news

These Areas in Florida Should Boil Their Water After Irma
Hurricane Irma began its rampage across Florida on Sunday, causing widespread destruction, floods, and power outages. The storm has now weakened to a Category 1, five days after it hit the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda at a Category 5, but hit areas are still not safe. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned that home fires, electrocution, gas explosions, and carbon monoxide are four deadly hazards that residents should be aware of. But a number of counties across Florida have also warned that water supplies could be infected. Here are those that have been issued mandatory boiling notices: Brevar...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Lewis Tags: Uncategorized brevard county broward county collier county Florida Hollywood hurricane irma lee county onetime Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes could be delayed by substances found in THIS surprising food
TYPE 2 diabetes onset could be delayed by compound found in cocoa - the main constituent of chocolate. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes could be delayed by compounds found in THIS unexpected food
TYPE 2 diabetes onset could be delayed by compound found in cocoa - the main constituent of chocolate. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Cocoa compound could 'delay or prevent' type 2 diabetes
A compound found in cocoa may protect the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Scientists hope the findings might help slow diabetes' progression. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes Source Type: news