COCOA (CHOCOLATE)

COCOA: “Yes! It’s Good for You”

Asthma, Digestive Aid, Stimulant

Also Known As: Cacao

HISTORY:

Researchers say reach for a box of chocolates if you are suffering from a broken heart. Endorphins released from the chocolate may help you mend your broken heart and start you on your way to a new love. Cocoa is a derivative of chocolate and has been around as early as 1519. Oddly, until the 19th century, chocolate was uses solely as a beverage. It was only about 150 years or so ago that chocolate started being fashioned into candles, candy bars and cakes we so love.

PREPARATION:

Drink cocoa as a pick up, for a break up or a digestive aid. Cocoa contains only 10 to 20 percent of coffee’s caffeine content. About 13 milligrams per cup compared to instant coffee which contains 65 milligrams. Drip coffee contains 100 to 150 milligrams. As a result, cocoa and chocolate may relieve drowsiness and and provide mild stimulation without causing any insomnia or jitteriness.

To make cocoa, use 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup of hot water. Add milk or sugar to taste.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Cocoa grow in the tropics, not in the United States. Once cocoa is harvested, the beans are roasted and ground into a liquid known as cocoa liquor. A minute amount of lye is added to enhance flavor. Don’t worry, this small amount will not cause any health hazards. The liquid if further processed to remove the fat called cocoa butter. The final product is cocoa.

The powdered cocoa we use is simply dried cocoa liquor whit light sugar added. Baker’s chocolate is processed cocoa liquor and contains no sugar. Bittersweet chocolate has a small amount of sugar added. Semi-sweet chocolate contains more sugar. Milk chocolate contains the most sugar. Milk is added for creaminess.

SAFETY:

Drinking cocoa may cause heartburn. Cocoa relaxes the valve between the stomach and esophagus. When this valve stays opens slightly, stomach acids splash up into the esophagus causing heartburn. If you experience heartburn, use it less often or refrain from drinking it.