Methylxanthines: Caffeine and Theobromine
"Does cacao contain caffeine? Contrary to popular opinion, cacao is a poor source of caffeine. A typical sample of cacao nibs or beans will yield anywhere from zero to 1,000 parts per million of caffeine (less than 1/20th of the caffeine present in conventional coffee.)
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The cacao bean husk has been shown to possess two types of cariostatic substances, one showing anti-glucosyltransferase (GTF) activity and the other antibacterial activity, and to inhibit experimental dental caries.
David Wolfe Chocolate Party & Talk - January 23rd, San Francisco
David Wolfe Chocolate Party & Talk, January 23, 2011, 5pm-11pm. David Wolfe in Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA for Chocolate Party and Speaking Engagement.
Centuries of seeking chocolate's medicinal benefits!
In 1753, the noted nosologist Carl Linnaeus named it Theobroma cacao—“food of the gods”. Indeed, few natural products have been purported to effectively treat such a wide variety of disorders as has chocolate. Chocolate's medicinal benefits are traceable as far back as Aztec medical practice.
Mexican Molinillo, Fun Chocolate Song and Ancient Cacao Drink
"The molinillo [moh-lee-NEE-yoh] is the Mexican chocolate "whisk" or "stirrer". It is made of "turned" wood and it is used to froth warm drinks such as hot chocolate, Atole, and Champurrado.
Neurotransmitter Modulating Agents
Because of cacao's large size we should call it a nut (like cashew, which like cacao, is also the seed of a fruit). Normally nuts and seeds contain enzyme inhibitors that attempt to inhibit our digestion so that we do not eat the tree or plant to extinction.
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When it comes to choosing your favorite chocolate bars for the maximal health benefits there are many choices. The most effective studies on chocolate are all related to simple rich dark chocolate.
Cocoa Improves Brain Function
Research shows that flavanol rich chocolate enhances blood flow to the brain. Flavanols are abundant in raw whole unprocessed chocolate. We can conclide that by stone grinding chocolate (like Sacred Chocolate) these flavnols become even more bio-available
Cacao to Cocoa to Chocolate: Healthy Food?
Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans - the fruit of the cacao tree or Theobroma cacao (the latin term: food of the gods). Recent published articles demonstrate that the quality and quantity of the antioxidants in cocoa and chocolate are very high and their flavonoids are believed to reduce the number of free radicals in the body that contribute to medical problems, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer and also to offer some anti-aging health benefits.
Cacao an Anti-Inflammatory
Chronic inflammation has been associated with many diseases, so the fact that the world's favorite food offers anti-inflammatory properties is rather exciting. Like with any whole food the less processed the more phytonutrients, so when eating whole cacao products such as those stone ground by Sacred Chocolate we are getting an abundance of these heart healthy, anti inflammatory flavanols, combine that with the other medicinals found in chocolates like the Amazonian and Immuno Mushroom and we see the gift of Sacred Chocolate.
Heart Healthy Flavanols
Improvement of Endothelial Function with Dietary Flavanols is Associated with Mobilization of Circulating Angiogenic Cells in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease.
1000 Year History: Theobroma Cacao "Food of the Gods"
"In 1753 Carl von Linneaeus, the Swedish scientist, thought that chocolate was so important that he named the genus and species of the chocolate tree himself. He named this tree Theobroma Cacao, which literally means: cacao, the food of the gods. Just what the indigenous Native Americans called it." Naked Chocolate, David Wolfe
The Medicinal Use of Chocolate in Early North America
Chocolate is a unique food in that many of its perceived properties are opposites within the humoral classification system. The tannins inherent in chocolate are astringent. At the same time, chocolate melts at body temperature and offers a smooth sensory property in the mouth.
Chocolate: Modern Science investigates an Ancient Medicine
The Word cacao is derived from Olmec and subsequent Mayan dialects, and the Nahuatl terms cacahuatl and xocoatl were borrowed from Mayan. The Badainus Codex identifies cacao used to treat emaciation and tuberculosis. Other manuscripts reveal that dark cacao bark was used to treat bloody stools and reduce abdominal pain; cacao fat to disinfect cuts, soothe burns, and treat liver and lung disorders; and cacao flowers to treat buts on feet.
Food of the Gods: Cure for Humanity? A Cultural History of the Medicinal and Ritual Use of Chocolate
The medicinal use of cacao, or chocolate, both as a primary remedy and as a vehicle to deliver other medicines, originated in the New World and diffused to Europe in the mid 1500s. These practices originated among the Olmec, Maya and Mexica (Aztec).
Chocolate: Food or Drug?
Although addictive behavior is generally associated with drug and alcohol abuse or compulsive sexual activity, chocolate may evoke similar psychopharmacologic and behavioral reactions in susceptible persons. A review of the literature on chocolate cravings indicates that the hedonic appeal of chocolate (fat, sugar, texture, and aroma) is likely to be a predominant factor in such cravings.
Cocoa, chocolate and aphrodisiac properties
Cocoa and chocolate have been reported to exert several effects on human sexuality, acting mainly as an effective aphrodisiac, increasing sexual desire and improving sexual pleasure.