Recent news on how many people think chocolate milk is produced by brown cows has me thinking, can we have flavored cows? I know the articles on this topic are intended to point out how stupid people are, but you have to wonder if genetic flavoring is in our future.? Scientists are working on exactly that right now. The other question is are Americans telling us what they think about chocolate milk? or do they think this was just a dumb survey question. Check out the news below.
“7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy.If you do the math, that works out to 16.4 million misinformed, milk-drinking people. The equivalent of the population of Pennsylvania (and then some!) does not know that chocolate milk is milk, cocoa and sugar.”
Another inspirational study on the health benefits of chocolate. It is great to find our favorite treat can also fortify heart health!.
“Despite the fact that most of the chocolate consumed by the study participants likely had relatively low concentrations of potentially protective ingredients, we still observed a significant association between eating chocolate and a lower risk of atrial fibrillation — suggesting that even small amounts of cocoa consumption can have a positive health impact. The analysis conducted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Danish scientists involved more than 55,500 people. Those who ate two to six servings per week had a 20% lower chance of the irregular heartbeats, or atrial fibrillation, one of the major contributors to clots, stroke, and heart failure”.
Protect against sun damage – Yes eating chocolate may actually help protect you from the sun.
Reduce cravings – It sounds odd, but chocolate can be used as an effective way to reduce your appetite.
Protect your heart – Chocolate is good for valentines and real hearts.
Aid muscle recovery – Athletes will be happy to know that chocolate can help their muscles recover quickly.
Ease anxiety – Eating chocolate is a great way to reflex and reduce stress.
Despite its reputation as a fattening dessert, chocolate is now being extolled as a “health food” that ostensibly offers a host of health benefits, from slashing stroke risk to whittling your waistline. Backed by a body of research, a compelling case in defense of the sweet stuff, proving that the chocolate-as-health food hypothesis isn’t just a funny gimmick—it’s scientifically correct.
Pure, unadulterated cacao, or cocoa, contains the highest concentration of flavonoids—an antioxidant-rich phytochemical also found in green tea, apples and red grapes—which is why it’s important to seek out dark chocolate bars with at least 60 to 70 percent cocoa.
Candy production and advertising has focused on children for many years. In 2006 something changed all that. The Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative was created in response to growing concerns about overweight children. Food and candy producers agreed to voluntarily increase their focus on promoting healthy lifestyles and eating choices. Leading candy companies including Hershey’s, Mars and Nestle are committed to this program.This change inspired a wide range of wonderful new products that focus primarily on candy for adults. Healthy adult candy options may seem like a contradiction but the trend shows that adults are in fact buying more candy for themselves. Here is a list of some of the wild new flavor options you can find today:
Pink grapefruit grape-seed Gummy Bears
Reishi mushroom and walnut dark chocolate
Bacon and chocolate of every kind
Sea-salt caramels, natural mango, hot chili, and odd vinegar candy
Organic sweeteners and genuine fruit extracts are part of making candy healthier. Nutritional enhancements such as vitamins are also being explored as a way to promote healthy eating. You can read more about this fantastic new trend via the source link below.
Hot chocolate inspires an infinite range or delicious flavor options. Here are a few worlds leading favorite types of hot chocolate:
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Mexican Hot chocolate is modern recipe based on ancient tradition. You will love this delicious treat.
White Hot Chocolate
White Hot Chocolate is a refreshing alternative to conventional milk or dark hot chocolate.
Starbucks Hot Chocolate
While Starbucks makes exceptional coffee products, their hot chocolate has become a world favorite. With this recipe now you can make it at home.,
Unique Hot Chocolate Recipes
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
This recipe is for the serious peanut butter lover. It is like drinking peanut butter chocolate heaven.
Hot Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
This recipe will blow your mind. Cupcakes filled with hot chocolate will amaze you.
S’mores Hot Chocolate Recipe
S”mores and hot chocolate are two family favorites that taste great together.
Hot Chocolate Calories
Calories in hot chocolate can vary greatly depending on the recipe. Here is list from some of our favorites:
Swiss Miss = Calories60
Starbucks Hot Chocolate – no whipped cream = Calories204
Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa = Calories140
Dunkin Donuts Hot Chocolate = Calories220
Nestle Hot Cocoa Mix = Calories 80
As you can see calories really depends on the brand and flavor of hot chocolate so do your research. Caloriecount.com has an incredible list of calories for every possible type of hot chocolate. Check out their site here: caloriecount.com
Hot Chocolate & Health
There is no question that hot chocolate can be considered a benefit to your health. To learn more about this fascinating research you should explore the following articles:
Drinkable chocolate has been used for years to treat ailments and maladies. When chocolate made its way to France in the 17th century, it was used “to fight against fits of anger and bad moods.” Which wasn’t just the French being French, it was truly insightful, given that modern research has discovered that chocolate reduces levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly freaked out. According to a study conducted at Cornell University, the antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa is almost twice as strong as red wine. Cocoa’s concentration was two to three times stronger than that of green tea and four to five times stronger than that of black tea. Read more at mnn.com: Health benefits of drinking hot cocoa
Drinking hot chocolate made specifically from unsweetened dark chocolate can carry significant health benefits. Researchers at Harvard Medical School analyzed 21 studies that involved more than 2,500 participants and found that drinking chocolate is associated with reduced blood pressure, improved blood vessel health and lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and elevating HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Earlier evidence also suggested that drinking cocoa may be responsible for the very low incidence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.
Read more at inquisitr.com > Amazing benefits of hot chocolate
The History of Hot Chocolate
Conquistador Girolamo Benzoni, one of the first to taste the spicy Aztec beverage called cacahuatl, wrote, “It seemed more a drink for pigs than a drink for humanity. I was in this country for more than a year and never wanted to taste it, and whenever I passed a settlement, some Indian would offer me a drink of it and would be amazed when I would not accept, going away laughing. But then, as there was a shortage of wine. . . .” Learn all about the hisotry of hot chocolate from this amazing article at history.org > History Of Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate & Science
The hot chocolate effect is a phenomenon of wave physics first recognized in 1982 by Frank Crawford, where the pitch sound from tapping a cup of hot chocolate rises after the addition of a soluble powder. This phenomena was first observed in the making of hot chocolate. It can be observed by pouring hot milk into a mug, stirring in chocolate powder, and tapping the bottom of the mug with a spoon while the milk is still in motion. The pitch of the taps will increase progressively with no relation to the speed or force of tapping. Subsequent stirring of the same solution (without adding more chocolate powder) will gradually decrease the pitch again, followed by another increase. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_chocolate_effect
So you work a lot of overtime, and the government takes most of your earnings. You get no bonus or wage increase and life basically stinks. How does an employer inspire workers in this environment? With bonus black market Choco Pies of course.
No this is not the United States or the United Kingdom. Unfortunately these countries have no black market methods to inspire the average worker. The Choco Pie black market is an industry of North Korea. Factory managers in North Korea have been giving out unsanctioned Choco Pies to help motivate employees and create a more enjoyable workplace. We often hear about the sinister behavior of North Korea but this story shows a warm side. Anyone that loves Choco Pies this much must have a heart of gold.
Choco Pies are tasty marshmallow filled chocolate cakes produced in South Korea. They have become the most popular South Korean product in all of North Korea. You can get up to 10$ per Choco Pie on the North Korean black market yet on Amazon you can get 24 pies for about the same price.
Unfortunately the North Korean government has started enforcing rules that limit South Korean products. This means Choco Pies are even harder to get. Factories are now handing out sausage and noodles as a replacement. I imagine this is not going over well with factory workers in North Korea. While this heinous action by the North Korean government is disturbing, it may also be their downfall. Once you take away the Choco Pies, people may turn on you in the end. Give back the Choco Pies!