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The Food of the Gods

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Drew Chambers Paper #2 Re- Write Monday, December 8, 2008 Purcellville Effective Writing The Food of the Gods Three Reasons Why Dark Chocolate Is Good for You For centuries Theobroma Cacao has been considered luxurious, coveted, and heavenly. In fact according to Aztec mythology, chocolate was brought down from the heavens by a god named Quetzacoatl. Chocolate may be delicious and mouth-watering, but other than its taste does it have any other real benefits? Going against the popular opinion, the answer is surprisingly, yes. Hold on though, only dark chocolate has these hidden benefits. Milk and white chocolate have no other perks to them, but actually have downsides. What extra advantages does dark chocolate really have? Well, primarily health benefits. Dark chocolate can help lower your blood pressure, increase your heart health, and help the battle against diabetes and cancer. Dr. Dirk Taubert, MD, PhD, conducted a study in Cologne, Germany, to observe whether or not dark chocolate really did lower blood pressure. ...read more.

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The Moli-Sani project was one of the Europe's largest health studies ever conducted. The study brought in a large amount of Europeans and found that about five thousand of the people who ate dark chocolate occasionally throughout their life of anywhere from 45-55 years, had excellent heart health. Again flavonoids were responsible. The flavonoids reduced the inflammation in the heart's chambers, increasing health. Every single person's heart builds up inflammation, which is fat deposits your body puts in the chambers of your heart to help fight off infection and disease if it ever comes. The problem is, is that to much of these deposits can cause heart attacks and other ailments. The flavonoids help reduce these fatty build-ups lessening the chance of heart attacks and such. Italian researchers at the University of L'Aquila have found that Theobroma Cacao once again has incredible health benefits, this time, the lowering of insulin resistance. ...read more.

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Scientists and MDs are still trying to figure this miraculous fact out. Although numerous studies and individuals, such as the ones mentioned above and studies by the National Dietetic Association, have shown that even though they don't know how, they know that dark chocolate does help wrestle against cancer. It seems like the food of the gods is not only delicious and luxuriant, but really does have other benefits. Look back and remember the results of Dr. Taubert's studies with hypertensive men and women and how their hypertension was diminished. Remember the Moli-Sani project with the outcomes of preventing fat build-ups within the chambers of your heart. Recall the foot-holds that the L'Aquila researchers found in the battle against diabetes; how chocolate reduces insulin resistance in diabetics. All thanks to the wonderful, luscious, dark chocolate. I will certainly be experimenting with these studies myself. The Aztecs thought that the god Quetzacoatl brought down chocolate from the heavens, maybe they were half right, maybe chocolate is a gift from god. So now, go, and enjoy some of the miracles of Theobroma Cacao. ...read more.

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