Hello and Welcome to this issue of our newsletter – Nature in Your Hand!
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Product Highlight – Cocoa
In case you didn’t know, we have Cocoa available in two forms – Powder and Wafers.
Maybe you have heard the buzz about chocolate in health news lately – chocolate/cocoa has many potential health benefits including lowering cholesterol levels, preventing cognitive decline, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems.
In the past, chocolate has been given a poor reputation, with its fat content being targeted as the cause of conditions such as acne, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. Nonetheless, “the recent discovery of biologically active phenolic compounds in cocoa has changed this perception and stimulated research on its effects in ageing, oxidative stress, blood pressure regulation, and atherosclerosis. Today, chocolate is lauded for its tremendous antioxidant potential.”1 While this does not provide a pass to start consuming large amounts of chocolate, it does provide options for improving the intake of beneficial antioxidants.
Many available sources of chocolate do contain high levels of added sugar and fat, so caution and good sense must be used when choosing a cocoa source that has potential health benefits. Chocolate is made from the seeds of the Cacao plant, Theobroma cacao, which are extremely rich in flavanols, a type of flavonoid phytochemical. Higher levels of flavonoids are found in chocolate with higher levels of cocoa. So, the darker the chocolate, the more cocoa, the better the content of flavonoids.
- Chocolate may lower cholesterol levels
A study was carried out to determine whether chocolate bars containing plant sterols (PS) and cocoa flavanols (CF) have any effect on cholesterol levels.2 The results of the study were published in The Journal of Nutrition.
According to the researchers, the results “indicate that regular consumption of chocolate bars containing PS and CF as part of a low-fat diet may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.”
- Chocolate may prevent memory decline
Farzaneh A. Sorond, the lead author, wrote:
“As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow. This relationship, called neurovascular coupling, may play an important role in diseases such as Alzheimer’s.”
- Chocolate may reduce heart disease risk
“Based on observational evidence, levels of chocolate consumption seem to be associated with a substantial reduction in the risk of cardiometabolic disorders. Further experimental studies are required to confirm a potentially beneficial effect of chocolate consumption.”4
The conclusions of the research, as published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal), has suggested that consuming chocolate could help lower the risk of developing heart disease by one third.
- Chocolate may prevent stroke
One study involving 44,489 people found that people eating chocolate were 22 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who didn’t. In addition, those who had a stroke but regularly consumed chocolate were 46 percent less likely to die as a result.5
- Guilty pleasure can be a healthy treat
You can order both of these products – Cocoa Powder and Cocoa Wafers – on the website at www.arizbrands.com .
- “Chocolate/cocoa and human health: a review.”Latif R. Neth J Med. 2013 Mar;71(2):63-8. Accessed 7 July 2015.
- “Daily consumption of a dark chocolate containing flavanols and added sterol esters affects cardiovascular risk factors in a normotensive population with elevated cholesterol.”Allen RR, Carson L, Kwik-Uribe C, Evans EM, Erdman JW Jr. J Nutr. 2008 Apr;138(4):725-31. Accessed 7 July 2015.
- “Neurovascular coupling, cerebral white matter integrity, and response to cocoa in older people”Farzaneh A. Sorond, Shelley Hurwitz, David H. Salat, Douglas N. Greve, and Naomi D.L. Fisher. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182a351aa. 7 August 2013. Abstract. Accessed 7 July 2015.
- “Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis” Adriana Buitrago-Lopez, Jean Sanderson, Laura Johnson, Samantha Warnakula, Angela Wood, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Oscar H FrancoBMJ doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4488. Aug 29, 2011. Accessed 7 July 2015.
- “Can Chocolate Lower Your Risk of Stroke?”news release via the American Academy of Neurology. Accessed 7 July 2015.
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