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The Benefits of Chocolate :)

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  • 1. Simply Chocolate From Cocoa to Cough Medicine Presented In Oct 2007
  • 2. What does Chocolate Bring to Mind for you?
  • 3. Chocolate 1. Chocolate from a Historical Perspective 2. Chocolate- Bean Tree Plant 3. Chocolate Health Benefits & Consumption
  • 4. Chocolate from a Historical Perspective • The Maya and Aztec • They mixed ground cacao seeds with other seasonings – to make a spicy, frothy drink.
  • 5. Chocolate from a Historical Perspective • “Spanish conquistadors – Brought it to Spain – popularity spread throughout Europe. – The divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.” Hernando Cortes, 1519
  • 6. Chocolate from a Historical Perspective • 1870 • First Milk Chocolate Bar developed – By Henri Nestle & Daniel Peter in Switzerland • New machine invented to churn cacao seeds into smooth blend – Gives chocolate mellow texture – Invented by Rodolphe Lindt
  • 7. Chocolate from a Historical Perspective • 1893 • Hershey buys chocolate processing equipment • Builds a chocolate factory – Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • 8. Chocolate from a Historical Perspective • Following WW II • Hershey received the – Army –Navy award for civilian contribution to victory • Today, US Army rations include – three 4 ounce chocolate bars
  • 9. Ch Chocolate from a Historical Perspective • 1926-27 • The New York Coffee, Sugar and COCOA exchange established
  • 10. Chocolate from a Historical Perspective • It still remains one of the world’s favorite flavors • But where does this wonderful flavor come from?
  • 11. Chocolate Plant/ Tree • 3 main varieties of Cocoa Bean • Grow on trunks of tree
  • 12. Chocolate Plant/ Tree • About size of pineapple • Pods contain 30-50 seeds – Equivalent to what is needed to make 7 milk chocolate bars
  • 13. Many Ingredients Found in Chocolate • The seeds of the chocolate tree – Contain many substances • Therapeutic and addictive qualities
  • 14. Therapeutic Effects of Eating Chocolate • Dark Chocolate • High in flavenoids and gallic acid – Thought to be cardioprotective – Wikipedia, 2006
  • 15. Therapeutic Effects of Eating Chocolate • Tryptophan – Essential amino acid – Important neurotransmitter for Serotonin – is thought to produce feelings of pleasure. Mood regulator
  • 16. Therapeutic Effects of Eating Chocolate • Coughing • Chocolate shown to be more effective in preventing coughs than codeine • Study done in 2006
  • 17. Therapeutic Effects of Eating Chocolate • Flavonol • Being researched • Potential treatment for diabetes and dementia • American & European universities studying this with millions of dollars from Mars Inc
  • 18. Therapeutic Effects of Eating Chocolate • Caffeine – Weak stimulant for humans – Strong stimulant for Horses and dogs • Outlawed for horse-racing
  • 19. Therapeutic Effects of Eating Chocolate Chocolate, who eats it anyway? • melting point – it melts in the mouth.
  • 20. Therapeutic Effects of Eating Chocolate Chocolate, who eats it anyway? • Africans- export the most of it, but don’t eat much • Asians- not large appetite for chocolate
  • 21. Therapeutic Effects of Eating Chocolate Who eats it anyway? • Europeans- – 12 million pounds of chocolate a year – Switzerland leads the pack • 22 pounds per person per year
  • 22. Therapeutic Effects of Eating Chocolate Who eats it anyway? • Americans • 12 pounds/ per person/ per year – 3.3 billion pounds – 13 billion a year spent on chocolate
  • 23. Chocolate 1. From a Historical Perspective 2. Cacao Tree 3. Health Benefits & Consumption ENJOY !
  • 24. References • Usmani, Omar S.; Maria G. Belvisi, Hema J. Patel, Natascia Crispino, Mark A. Birrell, Márta Korbonits, Dezso Korbonits, and Peter J. Barnes (February 2005). "Theobromine inhibits sensory nerve activation and cough" (PDF). FASEB Journal 19 (2): 231-233. DOI:10.1096/fj.04-1990fje. PubMed. Retrieved on 2006-06-27. • http://shop.ghirardelli.com/ • http://www.fieldmuseum.org/Chocolate/ • http://www.virtualchocolate.com/