Health and Chocolate

"Every study on chocolate is pointing to the same conclusion: there is something in chocolate that is really good for us. That something is the raw cacao bean, the nut that all chocolate is made from. The cacao bean has always been and will always be Nature's #1 weight loss and high-energy food. Cacao beans are probably the best kept secret in the entire history of food." — David Wolfe, co-author of Naked Chocolate: The Astonishing Truth About The World's Greatest Food. Browse the world's most comprehensive Cacao/ Chocolate research library in the world:

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Health and Chocolate Entries

High-Cocoa Polyphenol-Rich Chocolate Improves HDL Cholesterol in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Scientific study examined the HDL Cholesterol benefits in Type 2 Diabetes using high-cocoa polyphenol-rich (dark chocolate) concluded that dark chocolate is effective in improving HDL cholesterol without affecting weight, inflammatory markers, insulin resistance or glycaemic control. A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover study from the Michael White Diabetes Centre, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, UK.

Prescription Strength Chocolate
It was a hunch, little more, that launched Daniele Piomelli and his coworkers on their search for marijuanalike compounds in chocolate. But their intuition paid off. These neuropharmacologists not only found one such cannabinoid, but perhaps more importantly, they also turned up two related chemicals that they believe could provide therapeutic insights into treating a host of ails, including depression.
Geographic and Genetic Population Differentiation of the Amazonian Chocolate Tree (Theobromacacao L)
Study of cacao diversity including geographic sampling which identifies 10 genetic clusters (rather than two). This study also provides insights into the diversification of Amazon species, and into the origin of the traditional cacao cultivars.
A Molecular Picture of Chocoholics
The correlations of metabolic phenotypes with a behavioral phenotype--an affinity for chocolate. Chocolate lovers in this study were found to have lower plasma levels of lipoproteins, slightly higher albumin, phenylacetylglutamine and citrate, and lower levels of carnitine and N-acetylcarnitine. This study also highlights the differences in gut microflora.
Cacao seeds are a "Super Fruit": A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products
Cacao seeds provide nutritive values of ORAC, TP, & TF beyond that derived from their macronutrient composition and appear to meet the popular media's definition of a "Super Fruit" in this study comparing various fruits of high nutritive value.
Is Sacred Chocolate the future of Chocolate?
Is Sacred Chocolate® the future of chocolate. David Wolfe and Steve Adler think so. They are the first chocolate manufacturers ever to create a raw (low-temperature processed), organic, chocolate bar. Wolfe and Adler are the owners of Sacred Chocolate and their chocolates are hand made with “much love, gratitude, and high phi-bration” in a small custom-designed, certified organic, vegan, carbon balanced factory in San Rafael, California. Their committment is to provide the most exceptionally tasting and nutritionally beneficial chocolate and along the way, educating people on the super-food properties of raw chocolate.
Cancer Prevention Properties of Chocolate and Cocoa
Summary: Cocoa was originally cultivated by ancient societies in Central and South America, where it was consumed as a fermented beverage for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Cocoa and chocolate, its fermented byproduct, are rich in flavanols—potent antioxidants associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Two types of flavanols, called catechins and procyanidins, have been shown in experimental studies to reduce markers of inflammation and angiogenesis, two processes closely linked to cancer development. While more study is required, cocoa and chocolate have significant potential for chemoprevention as a dietary supplement.
Cacao & Good Teeth
Research from oral biosciences in Japan demonstrates the external use of whole cacao for superior dental health. "Fractions containing mainly cocoa polyphenols showed antibacterial effects. After treatment with polyvinylpolypyrrolidone, an absorbent of polyphenols, the methanol-extractable fraction lost its effect. These results suggest that cocoa has significant antibacterial effects against periodontal pathogenic bacteria and that polyphenols are responsible."
Sacred Chocolate Party
Sacred Chocolate Party
Valentine's Day: A Rocket Scientist on Physics of Putting Love in Chocolate
Valentine's Day: A Rocket Scientist on Physics of Putting Love in Chocolate
Raw Food Guru Gets Real at Maddy's Market
Author and nutritional advisor David Wolfe speaks before 200 people about the role of eating unprocessed and organic food play in improving life longevity. By Reza Gostar, Originally Posted at Calabasas Patch January 10th 2010. Maddy’s Market resembled more of an auditorium than a grocery on Wednesday when visiting author David Wolfe gave an almost three-hour lecture on the benefits of eating raw and nutrient rich foods.
Cocoa and Cardiovascular Health
Epidemiological data demonstrate that regular dietary intake of plant-derived foods and beverages reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Among many ingredients, cocoa might be an important mediator. Indeed, recent research demonstrates a beneficial effect of cocoa on blood pressure, insulin resistance, and vascular and platelet function. Although still debated, a range of potential mechanisms through which cocoa might exert its benefits on cardiovascular health have been proposed, including activation of nitric oxide and antioxidant and antiinflammatory effects. This review summarizes the available data on the cardiovascular effects of cocoa, outlines potential mechanisms involved in the response to cocoa, and highlights the potential clinical implications associated with its consumption.
Chocolate Shown to Lower Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs
High blood pressure is a critical concern as it significantly raises the incidence of vascular disease and stroke. As a result of stress, poor diet and lifestyle, enzymes in our body produce a substance known as angiotensin II that causes blood vessels to narrow and blood pressure to increase. Standard medical practice is to prescribe ACE inhibitors to slow the action of these enzymes, often with mixed results and always with dangerous side effects. Researchers have now confirmed that natural flavanols found in cacao from chocolate effectively lower blood pressure.
Long-Awaited ‘Cocoa’ Based Drug for Treatment of Persistent Cough in Final Development
A breakthrough drug containing theobromine, an ingredient naturally present in cocoa and chocolate, is entering the final stages of human clinical trials for the treatment of persistent cough. The drug could be on the market within two years.
History of Chocolate
History of Chocolate
Cacao - An ancient medicine validated by modern science.

Cacao - An ancient medicine validated by modern science Friday, December 03, 2010 by: Carolanne Wright, citizen journalist (NaturalNews) Legendary cacao has a long history of medicinal use throughout Mesoamerica and South America. Today, science confirms chocolate has many favorable qualities that support health and psychological well-being. This magical bean offers great benefits when the cacao is high-quality, raw and organic.

Psychoactive compounds present in cocoa and chocolate
In vitro pharmacological activity of the tetrahydroisoquinoline salsolinol present in products from Theobroma cacao L. like cocoa and chocolate.
Pharmacological versus sensory factors in the satiation of chocolate craving.
This is the first experimental study directed at differentiating between physiological or sensory accounts of the satiation of nondrug cravings, using chocolate craving, the most common craving in North America.
Chronic stress; Dark chocolate; Metabonomics; Chemometrics
The daily consumption of dark chocolate resulted in a significant modification of the metabolism of healthy and free living human volunteers with potential long-term consequences on human health within only 2 weeks treatment. This was observable through the reduction of levels of stress-associated hormones and normalization of the systemic stress metabolic signatures.
Changes in brain activity related to eating chocolate: from pleasure to aversion.
Changes in brain activity related to eating chocolate: from pleasure to aversion.