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C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
Most of you have read my praise of CHOCOLATE BLISS.
I told you there about one source for many fine chocolates from around
the world. Now Springfield, Missouri, has one of the gourmet chocolate
factories in the world, producing single source chocolate bars with NO
fillers, lecithin, etc. You have a choice of 85 gram bars of cocoa from
- San Jose del Tambo, Ecuador which consists of 70 % pure cocoa beans
(including 2% Askinosie cocoa butter) and 30% cane sugar. This little
town has been producing cocoa for over 200 years but this is the first
available in a remarkably pure chocolate bar
- Soconusco, Mexico which was a center of Aztec cocoa production.
There has not been a chocolate from this area outside Mexico in 100
years. This bar contains 75% pure cocoa beans (including 2% Askinosie
cocoa butter) and 25% cane sugar.
Shawn Askinosie was for many years a leading defense attorney. Now he
and his staff are producing fine chocolate from scratch, with pure
cocoa beans. They start with unique source beans and prepare their own
cocoa butter, cocoa syrup, etc. I had the pleasure of touring Shawn’s
factory recently and now can recommend his dark chocolate bars for the
Shawn also gave me a copy of a wonderful book NAKED CHOCOLATE by David
Wolfe and Shazzie. Cocoa trees originated in Central and South America.
They produce a large papaya shaped fruit, which has a delicious sweet
pulp and 20 to 30 cocoa seeds (beans), about enough to make 3 to 4 high
quality chocolate bars. The Spanish Conquistadors found the true gold
of America in these cocoa trees and began the distribution of them
throughout the world, between 20 degrees south or north of the equator.
Cocoa beans contain 1200 chemicals, including my favorite,
anandamide (bliss amide), tryptophan as well as serotonin itself,
tyrosine ( a foundation amino acid for norepinephrine) as well as
dopamine itself, magnesium, and phenylethylamine (the love
chemical)—all these helpful for mood as well as health in general, as
are the generous dose of antioxidants (a whopping 10% by weight)! And
the fats in the cocoa bean are equally high quality. There are a
variety of vitamins and minerals. Even a few squares of dark chocolate
daily markedly improve ability of coronary arteries to dilate, partly
because of its high content of arginine. Add to this cocoa‘s benefit in
lowering LDL cholesterol, its anti-clotting contribution, and the
finding that chocolate lovers live longer than abstainers. It is
critical to note that milk reduces all the health benefits of
chocolate. And cocoa has less caffeine than tea or coffee. Remember
that dark chocolate is also a delightful appetite inhibitor. Pure
chocolate is health and mood blisserizer.
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Dr. Shealy is unable to answer personal health questions. Please read his Optimal Recommendations, with his suggestions for most illnesses.