Chocolate extract can be added to all sorts of baked goods (like super decadent flourless chocolate cupcakes or a rich chocolate terrine) to add some extra chocolaty oomph. The yummy rich and smooth flavor of chocolate extract goes perfectly alongside vanilla, coffee, and other flavorings, and makes any sweet treat extra delicious (and as an added bonus, it's also awesome in mixed drinks)!
David Wolfe's, "Naked Chocolate: The Astounding Truth About the World's Greatest Food", raw chocolate has many high-quality nutrients such as manganese, vitamin C, and omega 6 fatty acids. Raw cacao also contains powerful antioxidants along with a significant amount of chromium, which balances blood sugar levels. Additional benefits are found in neurotransmitter modulating agents that act as natural antidepressants. "They allow our neurotransmitters like serotonin to remain in our bloodstream longer that usual. This makes us younger," explains Wolfe. He believes that raw cacao is an excellent way to enhance health while calming the heart, amplifying sensuality and enriching one's love life.
Chocolate intake is associated with better cognitive function: The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study
a Nutritional Physiology Research Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
b Department of Psychology, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA
c Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA
d Luxembourg Institute of Health L.I.H. (formerly Centre de Recherche Public-Santé), Epidemiology and Public Health Research Unit EPHRU, Strassen, Luxembourg
Chocolate and cocoa flavanols have been associated with improvements in a range of health complaints dating from ancient times, and has established cardiovascular benefits. Less is known about the effects of chocolate on neurocognition and behaviour. The aim of this study was to investigate whether chocolate intake was associated with cognitive function, with adjustment for cardiovascular, lifestyle and dietary factors. Cross-sectional analyses were undertaken on 968 community-dwelling participants, aged 23–98 years, from the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (MSLS). Habitual chocolate intake was related to cognitive performance, measured with an extensive battery of neuropsychological tests. More frequent chocolate consumption was significantly associated with better performance on the Global Composite score, Visual-Spatial Memory and Organization, Working Memory, Scanning and Tracking, Abstract Reasoning, and the Mini-Mental State Examination. With the exception of Working Memory, these relations were not attenuated with statistical control for cardiovascular, lifestyle and dietary factors. Prospective analyses revealed no association between cognitive function and chocolate intake measured up to 18 years later. Further intervention trials and longitudinal studies are needed to explore relations between chocolate, cocoa flavanols and cognition, and the underlying causal mechanisms.
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