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Chocolate vs Vanilla

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Why Chocolate is Better than Vanilla Introduction: Attention Getting Opening: It's a war that has been fought for centuries. On one side, the ancient Mayans, who come out strong with a bitter drink called xocolatl, along with their offensive partner Milton Hershey, the first American to mass-produce the milk chocolate bar (joyofbaking), (Hershey's). The others won't go down without a fight; at the Wendy's drive through, a new question is being asked after every Frosty order: chocolate or vanilla? Reason your audience would be interested in this speech: It is a fun topic, and these flavors are present in everyone's lives at any age. Establish your credibility: I have done tireless research over the Internet, as well as sampled many vanilla and chocolate flavored items. Thesis Statement: Chocolate is a better flavoring than vanilla, because: * It is better for your health * Will make you happier and more energetic * Is more economical Transition: Chocolate gives many health benefits, which are not found in vanilla. ...read more.


* Caffeine is present in small amounts and can give extra energy (Smith, HJ; Gaffan, EA; Rogers, PJ, pubmed). * Vanilla raises catecholamine's, especially adrenaline, which can also give energy but makes vanilla mildly addictive; added to other products i.e. cola, perfume, and even cigarettes (organicmd), (joyofbaking). * Theobromine and caffeine in chocolate were not found to be addictive; "chocoholics" most likely just enjoy the taste (Smith, HJ; Gaffan, EA; Rogers, PJ, pubmed). Transition: Chocolate is more economical than vanilla. * Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron (joyofbaking). 1lb of vanilla beans costs $60 (nutsonline). * Chocolate was once so valuable a commodity that it was used in trade; with the invention of milk chocolate and bar chocolate, chocolate has become very affordable: Hershey bar cost 59 cents in 2008 (Olver, Lynn, foodtimeline) 1 lb beans costs $11.99 (nutsonline). * Both spices are difficult to grow o Cacao fruit and vanilla beans are grown in tropical climates only; vanilla is only pollinated by one species of hummingbird, and in regions without this species must be hand pollinated. ...read more.


Hershey: the Man and His Legacy. (n.d.). Retrieved October 20, 2010, from http://www.hersheys.com/discover/milton/milton.asp Dark Chocolate May Lower Blood Pressure. (n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2010, from http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20050311/dark-chocolate-may-lower-blood-pressure Ingall, Marjorie. Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin, and brain. (December 22, 2006). Retrieved November 1, 2010, from http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/20/health.chocolate/ Smith, HJ; Gaffan, EA; Rogers, PJ. Methylxanthines are the psycho-pharmacologically active constituents of chocolate. (November 2004). Retrieved October 20, 2010, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15549276 Benefits and Uses of Vanilla in Aromatherapy. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2010, from http://www.squidoo.com/scentedvanillacandles#module9023279 Frequently Asked Questions. (n.d.) Retrieved November 1, 2010, from http://www.organicmd.org/faq.html#vanilla Vanilla Beans. (n.d.). Retrieved October 29, 2010, from http://www.nutsonline.com/seedsspices/vanilla-beans.html Olver, Lynn. Historic Food Prices. (2009). Retrieved October 29, 2010 from http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodfaq5.html Organic Cacao Beans (Raw). (n.d.). Retrieved October 29, 2010, from http://www.nutsonline.com/search_results.html?q=cacao+beans A.W. Theobroma Cacao. (January 9, 1998) Retrieved October 25, 2010, from Purdue University, Center for New Crops and Plant Products Web Site: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/duke_energy/theobroma_cacao.html#Yields%20and%20Economics Guide to Chocolate. (n.d.). Retrieved October 29, 2010, from http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/guides/chocolate.php ?? ?? ?? ?? Lauren Harris Comm 265G 11/08/10 4 ...read more.

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