Dr. Michael Roizen (of “You Doc” fame along with his partner Dr. Oz) has devoted his life to spreading the message of health in a variety of fashions. He currently conducts health chats aboard his TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. The talk featured above features the health benefits of chocolate, at least the brand made with real cocoa.
We would like to expand on Doctor Roizen’s comments just a little and offer some further suggestions as to how one can improve health with sweet, delicious recipes. First a little bit of science. Harvard University researches discovered decades ago that the Kuna Indians of Panama had virtually no history of stroke or heart disease and found their cancer rates to be lower than almost anywhere in the world. Yet when the Kuna left their native islands for mainland Panama they developed disease consistent with the western world. Intrigued, the Harvard researchers dedicated themselves to solving the mystery.
The final analysis revealed that the Kuna’s custom of consuming an average of six cups of a cocoa drink derived from boiling raw cocoa with plantain was the secret to their low rates of disease. While studies in the U.S. have shown a benefit to consuming dark chocolate consisting of at least 70% cocoa the benefits are no where near achieved by the Kuna tribe.
Give it a try. Just about any health food story carries raw cocoa beans or cocoa nibs. Simply grind them into a fine powder, pour in hot boiling water to a french press and let the mixture set for 15 minutes. Then pour the mixture into your cup and add a few drops of blue agave for sweetening (cocoa plain is a bit bitter). Enjoy your new morning ritual knowing that you are improving your heart health as well.
As a side note you can mix in a few coffee beans as well to satisfy your coffee cravings at the same time. Give it a shot and let us know on Facebook if you like it.