Keeps the doctor and therapist away?
Now don't cancel your regular doctor visits, but research has shown that eating chocolate can help your mind, body and even the spirit. Russell Stover Chocolate Heart
But first, let's take a moment to remember Haiti.
Kiki, here ... did you think iCafe Woman Moderne was done with chocolate? Not yet. Check out these facts: Did You Know?
Chocolate came from plants?
Chocolate has the same benefits to the body as vegetables because of plant pigments known as flavonoids that act as antioxidants and help reduce damage to your body.
Flavonoids are found in many vegetables and fruits, especially ones with dark colors.
I'm happy to say, chocolate has health benefits for all ages.
Did You Know that Dark Chocolate
Does a Body Very Good?
2. Lowers Cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.
Happy on the Brain
Neurotransmitters are the molecules that transmit signals between neurons.
- Oleic Acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil.
- Stearic Acid is a saturated fat but one which research is shows has a neutral effect on cholesterol.
- Palmitic Acid is also a saturated fat, one which raises cholesterol and heart disease risk.
Hallelujah! But like everything else, eat in moderation please.
Here's one more Did You Know?
Did You Know?
That the Big Island of Hawaii is the only place in the U.S. where chocolate is grown. In fact, the Big Island of Hawaii is the only place in the world where the raw ingredients for all three major infusion beverages are grown - coffee, tea and cacao.
Big Island of Hawaii visitors can stop by many of the companies which grow and/or produce such products as cocoa/chocolate, coffee, macadamia nuts, tea, tropical fruits, and vanilla. Most will ship their products anywhere in the world.
Big Island Candies
585 Hinano Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 -
1-800-935-5510 (U.S. & Canada)
1-808-935-8890 (Outside U.S.)
Big Island Candies provides chocolates, brownies, cookies and other products, including sugar-free varieties.
Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate (cacao fruit)
Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate
1050 Bishop Street, Suite 162, Honolulu, HI 96813 - Their products are available for purchase directly though their website: www.hawaiianchocolate.com/catalog
Kailua Candy Company
74-5563 Kaiwi Street, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - This company sells manufactures and sells products made from imported cocoa as well as several selections made with 100% Hawaiian chocolate.
Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory*
78-6772 Makenawai Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
website: www. ohcf.us, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
888 447-2626, 808 322-2626
*The only producer to grow, harvest, process and package all-Hawaiian chocolate. Their products are available at numerous locations in the islands and by mail order.
Credit to Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate, the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory and How Stuff Works for this About.com info.
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