Chocolate and Valentine’s Day Have a History

Why do we give chocolate on Valentine’s Day? Sure, it’s a delicious way to show love for a partner, but where and when did the tradition begin? The history of the origin of chocolate points to a few interesting clues. Chocolate (cacao) played an important role in both Maya and Aztec civilizations; the Mayans believed… Read more »

It’s Cocoa Flavanols, Not Cacao

We’ve all heard that dark chocolate can be good for you and read about studies showing that chocolate enhances memory, mood, heart health and exercise performance. But ask someone “what in chocolate is good” or “how your favorite dark chocolate stacks up against other popular brands”, and you’re likely to draw a blank stare or… Read more »

Hot cocoa and the heart-healthy Kuna: a Harvard case study.

Azure water. White sand. Mint green palm trees. Travel with me. To the Caribbean. A tiny island off of Panama. A unique and indigenous community of Kuna Indians. They’ve been living here in relative isolation for more than 500 years, enjoying their own private paradise — extraordinarily low rates of cardio vascular disease and remarkably long life expectancy. Genes were not the answer. What was? Read more. >>

Fab four high flavanol foods.

Most people have heard the expression “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Most people, however, do not know what makes apples so healthy and that like apples – wine, green tea and cocoa are rich in flavanol antioxidant super-nutrients. Read more >>