Eurocrats Ban Mesquite Superfood
I am writing this as I URGENTLY need your help. UK Trading Standards Institute and UK Food Standards Agency have declared that mesquite is a novel food. (This is according to the Novel Foods Act 1997, whereby any food not proven to be traded or consumed in Europe before May 1997 is not allowed to be sold in the UK or Europe). The UK governing body Trading Standards Institute only allowed us a couple of months to attempt to find evidence that it’s not a novel food, and we haven’t managed so far. They have now given us a “cease trading mesquite” letter.
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.)
Sacred Chocolate goes DEEP GREEN
Sacred Chocolate is now manufactured using 100% renewable energy.
Researchers find that it IS possible to get sick of chocolate?
So if your doctor prescribed a daily dose of dark chocolate to keep hypertension at bay, would your first instinct be to head straight to Costco and buy a case of candy bars? Those who answered "yes" might get stuck with leftovers, Australian researchers are warning this week in the British Medical Journall
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.
Sacred Chocolate Truth Truffles Contest
Sacred Steve at Wesak, Mount Shasta, May 13th-15th 2011
WESAK 2011 takes place in sacred Mount Shasta, California, on land that was once part of ancient Lemuria – survivor of the last great upheaval. Ascended Masters travel through this mountain on a regular basis. St. Germain himself trod its holy ground dispersing his master teachings.
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.
Does chocolate reduce blood pressure? A meta-analysis
Dark chocolate and flavanol-rich cocoa products have attracted interest as an alternative treatment option for hypertension, a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Previous meta-analyses concluded that cocoa-rich foods may reduce blood pressure. Recently, several additional trials have been conducted with conflicting results. Our study summarises current evidence on the effect of flavanol-rich cocoa products on blood pressure in hypertensive and normotensive individuals.
Update on the Raw Chocolate Movement by David "Avocado" Wolfe
10 years after David "Avocado" Wolfe founded the Raw Chocolate Movement, he gives an update on its status and where it is headed.
Slavery in the Chocolate Industry
THIS IS WHY IT IS CRITICAL TO ONLY PURCHASE FAIR TRADE AND ORGANIC CHOCOLATE. VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS!
Eating Your Way to Happiness: Chocolate, Brain Metabolism, and Mood
Chocolate has always been considered unique among foods. From its historical use as a sacred substance up to its prominence today as the food of romance, celebration, and indulgence, it has always held a special place in society. We do not classify chocolate as part of any of the four basic plant groups of food (whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and legumes).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.