February – Chocolate – bad, mediocre and awesome??

Last Update: February 6, 2019 at 10:31 am

Date:  Feb 6, 2019
SOURCE:  News for the Soul

 

February – Chocolate – bad, mediocre and awesome??

 

by Dr Holly, heard Wednesdays at Noon PST on News for the Soul Radio

 

noon pacific:

[WEDNESDAYS]

Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly  – An NFTS Global Luminary  broadcasting from Canada since March 2014 –   Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.

Yes it’s February again – I think I am getting old because everything keeps coming faster and faster. 

I love February – Valentine’s Day – and Chocolate.

I have a dear friend, Cameron, who takes me out a few times a year, to special chocolate restaurants or cafes that he finds. Gotta love him. We have ordered the most decadent dishes you can possibly imagine. When he found out that Tom has passed on, he came over the next night with 3 pieces of chocolate.

  • A chocolate palm tree – why? You and Tom loved to travel and have different adventures. Don’t stop all your traveling just because Tom isn’t with you – he will be with in spirit! Little did he know.
  • A chocolate mouth – teeth in white chocolate; gums in a light brown milk chocolate; and a foot in dark chocolate in the mouth – looked hilarious – why? I am afraid I will say something inappropriate because I simply have no idea what to say about losing Tom. You guys were awesome together and I want to be a support for you, but not sure how.
  • A box of dark chocolate assortments – why? Because both we love chocolate and know that dark chocolate is good for you.

Now I was flooded with flowers and plants and cards and phone calls and visits and calls from friends who knew and loved Tom, as well as from friends who hardly knew Tom, and some who had never met Tom – but this was the most unique support system I have ever known. Cameron was an old friend of mine, who had met Tom a few times and they enjoyed one another. All that is great. But to have someone, especially a guy, put together that kind of package – I thought was pretty awesome. As I am writing this, Tom is laughing. He says, he was still working through the process of crossing over when that happened, but he was aware of what Cameron did and thought it was so funny and so appropriate.

Cameron stayed the evening and we have spent so many hours since then discussing all of Tom’s antics on the other side. He reads all the books the Tom and I have put together. He is a very dear friend. I am so blessed to have so many dear friends.

As Cameron knows and I am sure many of you know, there are many types of chocolate. You have probably heard that dark chocolate is good for you – and if so you are right. But there is more to it than that, so let’s explore a little further.

Chocolate is a phenomenal food that has a long history. Probably due to the fact that it has over 1400 known compounds and over 400 nutrients that the body requires!! That’s a lot – wouldn’t you say? The fruit – yes cocoa is a fruit – there are 26 basic varieties and now various additional altered varieties. It is the seeds from the cocoa fruit that we dry and utilize to make “chocolate”.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, there is very little, if any, of the real chocolate, in the junk chocolate. Much of it is artificial flavoring and of course, most of it is loaded with sugar!! Causing more problems that the real things solves!!

Chocolate contains a huge collection of vitamins:

  • Vitamin B2, B9, B12s
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

AND minerals:

  • Magnesium – a leading source of magnesium – over 380 functions in a basic cell
  • Calcium – bones, teeth, signaling paths
  • Copper – cofactor for a number of enzymes; glucose metabolism; iron transport and various growth and development issues
  • Iron – plant iron is much easier to absorb and protects against anemia and hemoglobin issues causing fatigue and shortness of breath
  • Manganese – connective tissues, hormones, metabolism, central nervous system
  • Phosphorous – works with calcium, important to the DNA and cell membranes
  • Potassium – can help protect against sodium overload
  • Selenium – thyroid, DNA, immune system, free radicals
  • zinc – immune system, taste & smell

Chocolate also contains wonderful fats:

  • Omega 3s – which we know are powerful anti-inti-inflammatories
  • Oleic acid is an omega 9 is beneficial to the cardiovascular system and increases HDL and reduces LDL AND predominates over the palmitic acid; palmitic is found in low levels, and is known to increase cholesterol concentrations; and stearic acids – which doesn’t effect cholesterol levels because it is converted to stearic acid) and good pre and probiotics.
  • Palmitic acid – most common of the fatty acids and involved in multiple biological functions
  • Stearic acid – a fatty acid that is converted into oleic acid

Chocolate is also known for;

  • Contains various neurotransmitters and neuropeptides associated with “feeling good”
  • Stimulates redox-sensitive signaling pathways involved in gene expression AND immune response
  • Increases sense of satiety – or feeling full – and thus can help with weight loss

Chocolate is most well-known for its powerful polyphenols: procyanidins and epicatechins. Now these two groups of bioflavonoids, (a type of polyphenols – over 8000 polyphenolic compounds found in plants. Polyphenols are then categorized into 4 major categories. The flavonoid category, which has 6 subcategories, has more than 4000 varieties. Two of the most powerful groups of bioflavonoids are catechins and procyanidins. And these are found in chocolate!! Yeah!! Why are they so important?

  • These polyphenols are powerful anti-oxidants. The procyanidins found in chocolate are 5x higher in dark chocolate than milk chocolate
  • Catechins and epicatechins also increase cerebral blood flow which helps to protect the brain
  • Would you believe they actually protect you against insulin resistance and thus help prevent diabetes, can reverse insulin resistance and reverse diabetes!!
  • Another polyphenol is theobromine is one of the polyphenols and does better at stopping coughing than prescriptions
  • Proanthrocyanidins are another polyphenol – condensed tannin – again powerful anti-oxidants – 20x higher than Vit C and 50 times higher than Vit E – they also strengthen arteries and veins and lower blood pressure; slow neuropathy development in diabetics; and diabetes induced cataract formation
  • Epicatechins are specific anti-oxidant for the skin protecting it from UV damage
  • Epicatechins upgrade nitric oxide in the body – allows for arterial expansion/contraction – vasodilator and vascular endothelial growth factor – ie., strength the membrane lining of the vascular system
  • Catechins have very good cardio benefits – also chocolate contains high levels of magnesium content which is an antiarrhythmic (irregular heart rhythms) and hypotensive (used to treat high blood pressure)
  • Many types of polyphenols are powerful anti-inflammatory and certainly all the ones contained in real chocolate have that benefit (flavonoids, flavones, isoflavones, anthocyanidins, tannins and phenolic acids) all found in chocoalte
  • Epicatechins protect nerves from injury and inflammation that cause problems with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, strokes, etc
  • The polyphenols do cause the bitterness (which is combated by the omega 3s) are 5x higher in the dark chocolate

Remember, this is only a short list of the benefits of chocolate – BUT there is a catch!!! You want to eat the REAL chocolate, not the processed “junk” chocolate with all the sugar, and other “stuff” in it. You want the real 100% chocolate, with all the omega 3s and all the anti-oxidants!!!

So, the bad chocolate is the processed pasteurized chocolate that is loaded with sugars and other toxins. Hugely harmful to the body, like starch, saturated and trans fats, shelf preservatives, artificial flavorings, the primary emulsifier is soy lecithin, etc. We know what a toxin sugar alone is.

In addition, so much of the good stuff has been processed out.

Mediocre chocolate are the ones that are 68%, 82% etc dark chocolate. That means that they have extracted the cocoa butter – which is rich in the omega 3s – which have now been sold to the nutraceutical companies to make Omega 3 capsules that you turn around and buy.

In addition, the process of extracting the Omega 3s, kills much of the anti-oxidants that the dark chocolate is being marketed for…oh dear.

So of course, I am always looking for the 100% chocolate – so rich in everything. It will not have the added sugar to make it sweet. It will have the polyphenols which will make it bitter. But it will also have the omega 3s to counteract the bitterness. Awesome stuff!

When you crave chocolate – the question to ask yourself is:

  • Are you craving the sugars to feed the bad bacteria in your body
  • Are you craving the healthy 100% chocolate with all of its benefits to the body

As a side note, historically, chocolate was consumed for its healing and medicinal benefits. In various cultures, it was eaten by warriors before going off to war to increase the body’s capacity for stamina and endurance.

 

noon pacific:

[WEDNESDAYS]

Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly   – An NFTS Global Luminary  broadcasting from Canada since March 2014 –   Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.