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  • Drinking hot cocoa could make you smarter — especially if it’s enriched with this

    11/25/2020 6:48:41 AM PST · by mac_truck · 19 replies ^ | 11/24/2020 | Chris Malore
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — As winter arrives, hot tea and cocoa naturally become popular drink choices with a lot of people. A new study finds drinking cocoa is not just the popular choice, it may also be the “smart” choice as well. Researchers at the University of Birmingham say consuming flavanol-rich products, such as cocoa, increases one’s mental performance. Flavanols are a group of molecules which occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. They’re a member of the plant flavonoid family and are common in cocoa, grapes, apples, tea, berries, and even wine. While previous studies reveal these molecules can improve...
  • World’s oldest chocolate was made 5300 years ago—in a South American rainforest

    11/04/2018 12:35:57 PM PST · by ETL · 40 replies ^ | Oct 29, 2018 | Colin Barras
    Our love affair with chocolate is much older than we thought, and newly discovered traces of cocoa on ancient pots suggest it started in the rainforests of what is now Ecuador some 5300 years ago. That’s nearly 1500 years older than earlier evidence, and it shifts the nexus of cocoa production from Central America to the upper Amazon. “This is an incredibly strong demonstration,” says Rosemary Joyce, an archaeologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the new study. “It puts to rest any lingering claims that the use of [cocoa] pods … was an invention...
  • Gay man who said he had sex with Obama running for mayor in Florida

    11/03/2018 6:25:25 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 33 replies
    Pink News ^ | Nov. 2, 2018 | Josh Jackman
    A convicted felon who has claimed that he had gay sex with President Barack Obama is running to become mayor of a Florida town. Larry Sinclair gave a speech at the National Press Club in 2008, while Obama was running for President, alleging that the then-Senator bought and smoked cocaine and had sex with him in 1999.  Sinclair, who has served prison time in Arizona, Florida and Colorado for forgery, fraud and larceny, is now campaigning to win the mayor’s seat in Cocoa, a town of around 19,000 people, in the November 6 election. The South Carolina native has...
  • Climate Change Insanity: NOAA Study Claims Chocolate Will Become Extinct by 2050

    01/03/2018 6:32:52 AM PST · by davikkm · 28 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    If you’re a chocolate lover like most of normal people out there, boy, do we have bad news for you: according to an official (as in governmental) report courtesy of NOOA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association), due to anthropogenic (as in man-made) climate change/global warming/whatchamacallit, by the year 2050 chocolate will become a thing of the past. Why? Well, due to climate change driven by your gas guzzler, your air conditioner, your latest iPhone or whatever, growing cacao trees will become next to impossible in the not-so-distant future, hence chocolate will suffer the fate of the dodo bird. That means,...
  • The Indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon were using cocoa 5,300 years ago

    11/02/2018 11:06:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | October 30, 2018 |
    Traces of cocoa dating back 5300 years have been found in ancient pots in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is the oldest proof of cocoa use ever found. It predates the domestication of cocoa by the Olmec and the Maya in Central America by some 1500 years. This evidence was collected in the southern Ecuadorian Amazon, at the Santa Ana La Florida (SALF) archaeological site near Palanda, discovered 16 years ago by the archaeologist Francisco Valdez and his Franco-Ecuadorian team (IRD/INPC) (2). The Mayo Chinchipe, the oldest known Amerindian civilization in the upper Amazon, had consumed cocoa almost continuously from at...
  • Chocolate snorting offers new way to a cocoa high

    02/06/2015 10:14:39 AM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | 02-06-2015 | By Miranda Alexander-Webber
    BRUGES, Belgium (Reuters) - When Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone created a chocolate-sniffing device for a Rolling Stones party in 2007, he never imagined demand would stretch much beyond the rock 'n' roll scene. But, seven years later, he has sold 25,000 of them. Inspired by a device his grandfather used to propel tobacco snuff up his nose, Persoone created a 'Chocolate Shooter' to deliver a hit of Dominican Republic or Peruvian cocoa powder, mixed with mint and either ginger or raspberry. "The mint and the ginger really tinkle your nose," the 46-year-old said in his chocolate factory in the medieval...
  • Ebola Outbreak Has Had Little Effect On African Cocoa Supply

    10/30/2014 8:34:53 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history, but the disease has not effected cocoa supply according to experts and featured in the November issue of Food Nutrition & Science. West Africa is the world's largest producer of cocoa beans with an estimated 73% of the world's beans coming from the area, according to the International Cocoa Association. To date, the disease has not affected cocoa production and cocoa operations continue uninterrupted even as cocoa farmers on the Ivory Coast ramp up exports as a preventative measure. "The good news is that while harvesting and shipping of cocoa in Ebola affected areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra...
  • Compound in cocoa found to reverse age-related memory loss

    10/26/2014 5:34:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 26, 2014 | Fredrick Kunkle
    In case anyone needed another reason to love chocolate, a new study suggests that a natural compound found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables can reverse age-related memory loss. The findings suggest that the compound increases connectivity and, subsequently, blood flow in a region of the brain critical to memory, the researchers said. Researchers said that if a person had the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, after three months, on average, that person’s memory would function more like a 30- or 40-year-old’s. The researchers also cautioned that more work is needed because of the...
  • Could Ebola Affect Chocolate Supplies?

    10/11/2014 12:47:00 PM PDT · by bgill · 37 replies
    Newsplex ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | CBS MoneyWatch
    West Africa produces nearly three-quarters of the world's cocoa -- with the nations of Ivory Coast and Ghana responsible for 60 percent of that supply. And while Ebola has not yet appeared in those two nations, their proximity to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone -- the current epicenters of the Ebola outbreak -- have led to concerns that any continued spread of the disease could also cause a major disruption in cocoa production, and another spike in world cocoa prices.
  • Cocoa Prices Surge on Ebola Fears

    09/19/2014 10:29:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | By Alexandra Wexler and Sara Jerving
    The deadly Ebola virus spreading through West Africa is sparking fears in the market that supplies of cocoa, one of the region's top exports, could be disrupted. Prices for the key chocolate ingredient have surged 6.3% this week, settling just shy of the highest level in more than three years on mounting concerns that the outbreak will reach the Ivory Coast or Ghana, which produce about 60% of the world's cocoa. No cases have been reported in either country. But Ivory Coast shares a poorly policed border with Liberia and Guinea, two of the countries hardest hit by Ebola.
  • Farmers Who Grow Cocoa Beans Taste Chocolate For The First Time...(Vid + Article)

    07/31/2014 3:21:16 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Cate Matthews
    Chocolate. Whatever your preferred form or flavor is, the love of it is something that feels universal, shared between us. We come together over dinner for it, celebrate birthdays and holidays with it. The industry that produces chocolate crisscrosses the entire world. But for the cocoa bean farmers from M'batto, Ivory Coast, seen in the video above, that connection didn't come full circle until Selay Marius Kouassi, guest correspondent for Metropolis TV, visited and offered them a taste of their first chocolate bar. Ivory Coast, a small country on the west coast of Africa, is the world's leading producer of...
  • How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

    07/02/2014 4:44:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | July 02, 2014 | Allison Aubrey
    The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new. Cocoa is loaded with compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to help our bodies fend off inflammation and maybe even improve our moods. And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow. Researchers studied patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which affects about 20 percent of adults older than 70 in the U.S. and other Western countries. People who have PAD can...
  • ‘This is getting insane’: OFA’s onesie-clad Obamacare spokesmodel inspires mockery

    12/18/2013 10:39:30 AM PST · by mojito · 86 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12/17/2013 | Staff
    "Obama appeals to the core "grown man in a onesie" demographic" - Dan McLaughlin @baseballcrank The folks at Organizing for Action (also known as @BarackObama) won’t rest until everyone spends this holiday season talking about health insurance. Then, when they eventually do rest, they’ll do it in plaid onesies, apparently.
  • What's In Chocolate, Cocoa That Might Benefit Brain Health?

    08/08/2013 7:17:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 40 replies
    FORBES ^ | Aug 8, 2013 | Alice G Walton
    In the new study, the team from Harvard randomly assigned 60 elderly people to drink two cups of flavanol-rich or flavanol-poor cocoa every day for a month. There weren't any overall differences between the high- and low-flavanol groups in terms of cognitive abilities, so the researchers looked a little deeper. They found that people who had compromised blood flow to the brain and white matter damage at the beginning of the study did show a difference after drinking the cocoa for a month: Blood flow in their brains improved by about 8%, and the time it took them to complete...
  • Annual Gun Buy Back for Gift Cards in Cocoa (FL)

    08/11/2012 6:59:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 10 August, 2012 | Christina MacDonald
    COCOA, Florida -- The Annual Gun Buy Back is taking place in Cocoa on Thursday, August 16, 2012 with the Cocoa Police Department and Rockledge Police Department. Brevard residents have the opportunity to turn in guns in exchange for a gift card, according to Public Information Officer Barbara Matthews with the Cocoa Police Department. The Annual Gun Buy Back will begin at 7:00 am on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at the Byrd Plaza Parking Lot, located at 801 Dixon Boulevard in Cocoa. Each vehicle will have the opportunity of turning in up to two guns in exchange for a $50...
  • Ivory Coast rush to withdraw bank cash (bank run)

    02/16/2011 5:30:23 PM PST · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 2-16-11 | unattributed
    "Ivory Coast's farmers provide a third of the world's supply of cocoa" Long queues have formed at banks in Ivory Coast amid fears of a banking collapse as the Standard Chartered bank said it was suspending operations. It is the fourth bank to close this week because of turmoil following November's disputed presidential polls. Earlier it was reported that West Africa's BRVM stock exchange, based in Abidjan, had suspended its operations. BRVM staff told the BBC they were working, but it was not clear if they were actually able to do transactions.
  • Global chocolate crisis?

    11/11/2010 5:38:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    KTNV ^ | 11/11/2010
    Experts say the world could be running out of chocolate. The economics of cocoa cultivation make chocolate production a labor and time-intensive process. Much of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa, but farmers there say they just don't have the incentives to keep growing the crop. The process takes up to five years per plant and many farmers can say they can earn more with other crops. The price of chocolate rose to a three-decade high in August. "In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar," John Mason, executive director of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council, told Britain's...
  • Mystery trader buys all Europe's cocoa

    07/17/2010 1:00:51 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/17/2010 | Jonathan Sibun and Harry Wallop
    Even Willy Wonka might struggle to use this much chocolate. Yesterday, somebody bought 241,000 tonnes of cocoa beans. The purchase was enough to move the entire global cocoa market, sending the price to the highest level since 1977, and triggering rumours and intrigue in the City. It is unclear which person, or group of traders, was behind the deal, but it was the largest single cocoa trade for 14 years. The cocoa beans, which are sitting in warehouses either in The Netherlands, Hamburg, or closer to home in London, Liverpool or Humberside is equivalent to the entire supply of the...
  • Health Care and Chocolate

    01/16/2010 5:36:07 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 310+ views ^ | 01/16/2010 | Mark Roberts
    Chocolate. Just the mere sound of the word makes your tastes buds start salivating for the rich, creamy texture of this often misunderstood, sometimes decadent, but always tasty treat. This food has been used for centuries by lovers to woo the opposite sex, to promote all types of sensual delights, and to boost the energy of anyone who wants to indulge.
  • Nutrition: Chocolate Milk May Reduce Inflammation

    11/14/2009 8:20:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 939+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 10, 2009 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Move over, red wine. Make room for chocolate milk. A new study suggests that regular consumption of skim milk with flavonoid-rich cocoa may reduce inflammation, potentially slowing or preventing development of atherosclerosis. Researchers noted, however, that the effect was not as pronounced as that seen with red wine. Scientists in Barcelona, Spain, recruited 47 volunteers ages 55 and older who were at risk for heart disease. Half were given 20-gram sachets of soluble cocoa powder to drink with skim milk twice a day, while the rest drank plain skim milk. After one month, the groups were switched. Blood tests found...