Date: 5/14/2012 6:49 PM PDT
you are a chocolate enthusiast, like me, then you are going to be thrilled to
learn that cacao
(aka cocoa) is one of nature’s most nutrient dense gifts. Did you know that
cocoa is the seed of an Amazonian fruit? That’s right…and it was brought to
Central America around the time of the Olmecs (dating roughly from 1400 BCE
to about 400 BCE).
How cool would it be if we could still use cocoa beans as money like the Mayan
and Aztec civilizations; who referred to them as ‘black gold’ or ‘seeds of gold’?
These civilizations held the cocoa bean in such high esteem that they described
it as "the food of the gods."
may not revere cocoa quite like these ancient civilizations, yet chocolate has
become a very popular food in the U.S. We consume, on average, 11.7 pounds of
chocolate per person annually. As I sit here and enjoy a few pieces of our
NibMor chocolate, I fully admit that my personal consumption is bound to be much
higher. I’m not the only one - world-wide consumption of chocolate is
increasing at a rate of 3 to 4% each year. Associate
Content reported in 2007, “The increased sales in chocolate are driven by
newer studies showing that dark chocolate actually has many health benefits.”
Let’s take a quick
look at the health benefits of the cocoa bean in its natural state. In addition
to being a good source of minerals and vitamins (especially magnesium, sulphur,
calcium, chromium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, vitamin C and some of the B
vitamins), cocoa is also an excellent source of fiber, amino acids, fatty
acids, and antioxidants (30 times the
antioxidants of red wine, and 20 times the antioxidants found in green tea).
Many of the substances in cocoa have been discussed in the scientific
literature as pharmacologically significant. That is good news for chocolate!
may be surprised to learn that this gift of nature is also a natural
anti-depressant and an aphrodisiac. Yes, you can lift your spirits and boost your
love life by eating cocoa.
all chocolate contain all of these nutrients? No! In fact, to get these benefits from chocolate it is best to consume DARK chocolate that is minimally processed. Why? The higher the % of cocoa means there is less sugar, milk and other 'not-so-good-for-you' ingredients. Chocolate that is in its natural state or is minimally processed maintains the highest levels of nutrients.
In a society where the top killers include heart
disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, all of which are heavily affected by
obesity and nutrition, it makes sense that the last thing Americans need is
another over-processed, chemicalized, sugar infested snack food. NibMor chocolate is power-packed with tons of nutrients and
made for chocolate enthusiasts, like me, who have a high standard for taste. Go chocolate!!
Cocoa is a
British slang term for Cacao. Today’s present-day meaning of ‘cacao’ includes
all the ingredients derived from the cacao bean. Cocoa as defined by the U.S.
cacao standards refers only to cocoa powder, i.e., the powder made by grinding
partially defatted cacao beans. Some products in the U.S. use the term “%
Cocoa” interchangeably with “% Cacao”.
This playlist is geared towards those moments when you think
you may “SNAP”. It’s calming music for those times when someone puts you on
hold for a hour, when you are stuck in 3 hour bumper to bumper traffic, or when
you just feel extremely overwhelmed and out of control.
I want to dedicate this playlist to Mark “Justin” Chapman, I
hope you are jammin out where ever you are! J
all day by Jason Mraz
of Peaches by Presidents of the USA
by Sara Bareilles
by Leonard Cohen
by Jack Johnson