Category Archives: Cocoa (Theobroma cacao)

Cocoa as a Mood Enhancer

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Cacao versus Cocoa

Cacao and cocoa are derived from the Theobroma cacao plant. Both are made from the beans the plant produces. Cacao differs from cocoa in that it is less processed and thus resembles more the content of the original bean. Studies … Continue reading

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Cacao Beans, Cocoa and Antioxidants

Cocoa powder is a processed derivative of the Theobroma cacao plant. Cocoa is made by roasting and grinding the beans, a process that is similar to making ground coffee from the coffee bean. The roasting of the beans is a … Continue reading

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How to Make Tea, Coffee and Cocoa Unhealthy Drinks

There are many healthy drinks that have been shown to possess significant health benefits. Tea, coffee and cocoa all possess high levels of antioxidants. The high levels of antioxidants in these drinks may be the reason for the health benefits … Continue reading

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Cocoa Polyphenols and Their Effect on Mood

Cocoa is a rich source of a group of flavonoids called proanthocyanidins. Proanthocyanidins may have particular physical and mental health effects. In terms of the latter, consumption of proanthocyanidins is associated with improvements in mood state. For example, in one … Continue reading

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The Calming Effect of Cocoa

Cocoa is a refreshing hot drink that contains the methylxanthine theobromine. Methylxanthines are considered stimulants, but theobromine is perhaps the least stimulating of the methylxanthines found in nature. For example, the caffeine in tea and coffee, and the theophylline in … Continue reading

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The Beneficial Effects of Chocolate

Chocolate is a confectionery food, most commonly made with cocoa and sugar. The sugar to cocoa ratio is pivotal in determining whether chocolate is a healthy food or not. For example, milk chocolate has a high sugar content and a … Continue reading

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Cocoa Versus Cacao

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Cocoa Versus Cacao Powder

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Proanthocyanidins and Theobromine: The Health Effects of Cocoa

Antioxidant phytochemicals found ubiquitously throughout the plant kingdom. Edible plants provide a wide diversity of antioxidants with rich sources being fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, tea, wine and chocolate. Evidence suggest that phytochemical antioxidants are beneficial to the health and may … Continue reading

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