Chocolate & Cocoa: 'Healthy' benefits or negative health effects?
Takes a critical look at "Chocolate-Is-Good-For-You" campaigns and dispels some
of the health benefit myths.

  • |  |  | |  |  |  |  | |  |    |                                                   |   |   |   |   |      |   |   |   |   |      _     Chocolate & Cocoa: 'Healthy' Benefits or Negative Health Effects? Is Chocolate a food of the gods because of its divine taste and Health Benefits, or is it because heavenly bodies don't have to worry about its Health Hazards? Stories on the health benefits of consuming cocoa products have increasingly made the news following the discovery that they are an excellent source of catechins, which are polyphenols of the flavanol group, and which are believed to protect against heart disease, cancer, and various other medical conditions

  • Chocolate manufacturers and retailers have been taking advantage of these findings by not only trying to make chocolate lovers feel less guilty about their addiction, but also by trying to target the more health-conscious consumer with regular doses of "research studies" praising the supposed benefits of consuming chocolate, among them that:  • eating chocolate releases endorphins in the brain, which act as pain-relievers,  • eating chocolate boosts one's appetite, but does not cause weight gain,  • the sugar in chocolate may reduce stress and have a calming and pain relieving effect,  • eating chocolate does not give someone acne or other skin eruptions,  • eating chocolate does not trigger migraine headaches,  • eating moderate amounts of chocolate makes one live almost a year longer,  • eating chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer

    Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs - Chocolate for Your Health
    A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that
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  • 150 Reports Added/Month Publisher/President Bette BonFleur CEO Emeritus Reported July 19, 2005 Chocolate for Your Health (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- According to a new study, a daily bar-sized indulgence of flavonol-rich dark chocolate could reduce blood pressure and improve insulin resistance

  • He adds flavoniod-rich foods should be included in a healthy diet, and dark chocolate can be a part of the effort, along with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

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    GourmetSleuth - Chocolate
    General information about chocolate including history, health benefits, and the
    production process.

  • Another Health Food Cocoa has a high food value, containing as much as 20 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrate, and 40 percent fat

  • "NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Do you love chocolate? According to new research, chemicals in chocolate may explain why some people crave the tasty treats

  • Other Links Here are some other links to information regarding the health benefits of chocolate

  • - excellent resource for chocolate information - WebMD article about chocolate and health and chocolate cravings - Chocolate a health food? UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas - Chocolate as part of a healthy lifestyle by Links of Interes t Links to other interesting information about chocolate

    GourmetSleuth - Chocolate Espresso Soy Dreams
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    Site focusing on premium brands of dark chocolate. Also contains articles and a
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  •         Dark Chocolate There have been many studies linking cocoa and dark chocolate with health benefits

  • The darker chocolate with the most concentrated cocoa will of course be the most beneficial for your health

    ‘Direct evidence’ that cocoa benefits heart health
    A cocoa flavanol was shown to improve blood vessel relaxation in a study carried
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  • Breaking News on Supplements & Nutrition - Europe Free Newsletter Search &nbsp since News Headlines All news articles Products & Markets Business Tools Free Newsletter News Headlines Research > > | ‘Direct evidence’ that cocoa benefits heart health By Stephen Daniells Get the latest Market Reports on Related News News Archives 17/01/2006 - A team of international researchers claims to have ‘direct evidence’ for a cocoa flavanol improving blood vessel relaxation

  • Flavonols are found naturally in chocolate, fruit, red wine and teas, and have previously been linked to improvements in health

  • “This new research emphasizes the importance of understanding the potential public health applications of emerging cocoa science, ” said Harold Schmitz, chief science officer of Mars, and co-author of the study

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    Information about history, cravings, and affects on the brain.

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  • Posted by on 07/26 at 04:24 PM Category(ies): •• (1) • Quick Bite: Choco Soy There is a lot of interest these days in “healthy” and nutritious chocolate, as well chocolate items that cater to people with special dietary needs and/or special dietary requirements

  • Posted by on 02/07 at 09:27 AM Category(ies): •• •• •• (3) • Review: Nutriceutical Chocolates from Gary Null When is chocolate not really chocolate? When it’s overstuffed with really healthy stuff like phytonutrients

  • Cocoa is actually pretty healthy with lots of trace minerals, flavonoids, and polyphenols that are good for heart health - Health - Dieticians get sweet words on chocolate ...

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  • Research shows how phyto-chemicals found in dark chocolate provide a variety of healthy effects

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    Research increasingly indicates health benefits of beer could ...
    Jim Lundstrom describes research that shows beer may surpass wine in positive
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  • Current research into the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption is a result of the 'French paradox.' Although the French have a high-fat diet, smoke more than Americans and exercise even less, the rate of heart disease is approximately one-third the U.S

  • But a flurry of independent research since those initial reports on red wine's health benefits surfaced a dozen years ago finds that alcohol in general provides a number of health benefits when consumed in moderation, and that beer might be the healthiest beverage of them all

  • As brewer/patriot Thomas Jefferson said a couple hundred years ago, 'Beer, if drank in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.' 'The wine people have made a very impressive marketing ploy

  • 'Be that as it may, most people are convinced if you are going to get any benefit, it's going to be from red wine.' Kaplan became something of a national media star last summer when he took the lead in presenting a report on a Texas Southwestern study on the health benefits of moderate beer consumption


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  • The medical profession has recognized the healthful and nutritive properties of wine for thousands of years

  • This medical generation became educators to the following one, perpetuating medical ignorance of the potential health benefits of wine

  • In the 1970s, the National Institute of Health excluded and suppressed evidence from the that showed moderate drinkers had 50 per cent fewer deaths from coronary disease than non-drinkers

  • The Harvard School of Public Health conducted a 14-year study of over 100, 000 women, aged 25 to 42, from 14 states

  • The Nurses Health Study required participants to complete a questionnaire every two years, detailing lifestyle choices and diagnoses of any medical conditions

  • Over 400 studies worldwide, many of them long-term and in large populations, have concluded that most healthy people who drink wine regularly and moderately live longer

  • It is, however, a progressive leap from the 1990 Guidelines, which said, 'wine has no net health benefit', which is the contemporary scientific equivalent of saying 'the earth is flat'

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    Public Health and personal freedom
    Argues that more emphasis should be given to personal freedom over public health,
    using the example of alcohol.

  • Published as Personal Freedom or Public Health? In Medicine and humanity

  • King's Fund: London, 2001, pp 55-69 Public Health and personal freedom Kings college lecture Bruce G Charlton MD Public Health and personal freedom in conflict Public Health and personal freedom are frequently in conflict

  • Public Health is, after all, a branch of government, with an agenda that shares the perspective, the virtues and the vices of government

  • I will make a case for greater individual freedom in relation to health

  • Using examples drawn from psychiatry, I will demonstrate that Public Health often stands in the path of personal satisfaction, fulfillment and creativity; and will argue for greater freedom of access to medications

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    Green Tea and Breast Cancer
    A look at various studies with green tea and breast cancer, and why tea is so
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  •  You are here: >> Find Recipes - - FREE Newsletter Sign Up Now for the Coffee / Tea newsletter!   Search Green Tea for Breast Cancer By Terri Paajanen, May 10, 2001 Related Resources • Health Article Index • • From Other Guides • Breast Cancer Special Elsewhere on the Web • • • Green tea has many health benefits, some have been proven and some may just be folklore

  • They have been drinking green tea for health reasons for over 5, 000 years in Asia

  • For humans to gain any health benefits, you would need to drink around 3-4 cups every day (without milk or sugar)

    Mental Health
    Stress management for patient and physician. Stress is the most common cause of
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  • Stress is the most common cause of ill health in our society, probably underlying as many as 70% of all visits to family doctors

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  • This is Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, here talking with Jeffrey Hollender, the president and one of the founders of Seventh Generation

  • I'm not going to dance around the subject, either, because body odor can actually be an important indicator of your overall health and dietary habits

    National Institutes of Health - Questions and Answers About Acne
    Illustrated information on causes of acne skin lesions, and tips and information
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  • Health Information Health Topics Publication Date January 2006 Questions and Answers About Acne This booklet contains general information about acne

  • Although acne is usually not a serious health threat, it can be a source of significant emotional distress

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