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A Serious Look at the Health Advantages of Chocolate

Aug 17, 2007
Cocoa is the liquid produced from the beans of the Theobroma cacao plant Once it has been processed, this is called cacao liquor. There are various choices to using cocoa, you can add sugar and additional ingredients, for instance adding milk solids make chocolate either dark chocolate or milk chocolate. You can use the cocoa butter which is the fatty part to make cocoa powder.

Although Australia has no particular food ordinances in regard to chocolate, the Portion of the ingredients must be listed. Dark chocolate is commonly made with a greater proportion of cocoa, and the quantity of cocoa will be listed in its ingredient list. Adding milk solids to lower portions of cocoa makes milk chocolate and again the proportions of each will be listed. There is both national and international argument concerning white chocolate since it may not have any cocoa in the least, so, can it even be called chocolate? There is a wide assortment of mixed chocolates and foods made from chocolate, this is only bounded to your imagination.

Since chocolate has been believed simply a confectionery for most of its being, we may have a hard time believing it is a healthy food. All the same, analyses have been published that indicate cocoa and dark chocolate can decrease the risk factors of diseases diminish diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The thinking behind this may be in the density of polyphenolic compounds, especially a group of flavonoids called catechins. Other food rich in flavonoid have also acquired a good deal of attention as having the potential to be heart-healthy, and some are even being believed as cancer preventatives to some extent. Green tea and red wine are two of these foods that are under great scrutiny and were both once thought to be unhealthy.

Cocoa is the liquid produced from the beans of the Theobroma cacao plant Once it has been processed, this is called cacao liquor. There are various choices to using cocoa, you can add sugar and additional ingredients, for instance adding milk solids make chocolate either dark chocolate or milk chocolate. You can use the cocoa butter which is the fatty part to make cocoa powder.

Although Australia has no particular food ordinances in regard to chocolate, the Portion of the ingredients must be listed. Dark chocolate is commonly made with a greater proportion of cocoa, and the quantity of cocoa will be listed in its ingredient list. Adding milk solids to lower portions of cocoa makes milk chocolate and again the proportions of each will be listed. There is both national and international argument concerning white chocolate since it may not have any cocoa in the least, so, can it even be called chocolate? There is a wide assortment of mixed chocolates and foods made from chocolate, this is only bounded to your imagination.

Since chocolate has been believed simply a confectionery for most of its being, we may have a hard time believing it is a healthy food. All the same, analyses have been published that indicate cocoa and dark chocolate can decrease the risk factors of diseases diminish diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The thinking behind this may be in the density of polyphenolic compounds, especially a group of flavonoids called catechins. Other food rich in flavonoid have also acquired a good deal of attention as having the potential to be heart-healthy, and some are even being believed as cancer preventatives to some extent. Green tea and red wine are two of these foods that are under great scrutiny and were both once thought to be unhealthy.

Cocoa has been demonstrated to have many cardioprotective mechanisms which are like those found in many other flavonoid rich foods and drinks including red wine and green tea. It has also been demonstrated that these flavonoid-rich foods have an anti-carcinogenic action in vitro and in animal examples, this has been affirmed by some, but not all epidemiologic Information.

Non-apoptotic death has been seen in both colon and breast cancer cell lines that have been introduced to cocoa polyphenols during in vitro studies, this has been preliminary evidence. The Precise anti-cancer mechanisms are not Presently understood at this time, even though enzymes that were involved in polyamine biosynthesis have been affected.
About the Author
Garland Choate (GR) is a retired Airline Captain who now publishes articles from the USVI. Find many great articles on chocolate at http://www.chocolate.WAHWarriors.com
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