Food Adjuncts: Chocolate and Cocoa

My Grandma and See’s candy,  now, there’s a duo. Every time we went to the mall, we would stop at See’s, get our sample and a few additional pieces – Boudreaux, mostly. My grandmother’s passion for that powerful Aztec elixir of wonder and ecstasy surpassed Dr. Bridges’ admonitions.

What could Dr. Bridges be talking about?

Theobromine, C7H8N4O2 is found in many other foods including tea, and kola nut. Moreover, has similar attribute as caffeine. Theobromine is derived from the Greek theo (God) and brosi (food) meaning “food of the god’s”,  -ine to denotes alkaloid. Maybe the Aztecs were on to something…?

The American journal of Clinical Nutrition and Hershey’s Nutrition and Wellness cite that the therapeutic use of theobromine as diuretic, a vasodilator, and stimulant of the central nervous system by increasing the heartbeat.

As for antioxidants,…the amount of bioavailable flavanol antioxidants in 2 tablespoons of natural cocoa is more than 3 ½ cups of green tea, ¾ cup of blueberries, and 1 1/3 glasses of red wine.  All that in 2 tiny squares of dark chocolate!!! Sweet!!! See’s Candy the “Happy and Healthy Habit” (Well…in moderation)

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