Researchers say one particular flavanol, (-)-epicatechin, may be the source of the brain benefits seen from consuming cocoa.
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August 8, 2013 There's tantalizing — if preliminary — evidence that compounds in cocoa may boost thinking, attention and memory. But headlines on the latest research get it wrong.
A box of chocolates from Tokyo, Japan.
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August 1, 2013 Also: John Hodgman on Ayn Rand; J.K. Rowling to donate proceeds of new novel to charity; Fox News defends anchor's interview with the author of Zealot.
Women in a recent study who were trying to diet ate about 60 percent less chocolate after smelling oranges.
July 31, 2013 A British researcher was curious to know whether smell could help fend off temptation. Her study found that the scent of fresh oranges seemed to help remind dieters to eat less chocolate.
You could cut up to half the fat from chocolate without sacrificing taste by infusing it with fruit juice, scientists say.
April 8, 2013 Scientists have developed a type of chocolate infused with micro-bubbles of fruit juice that they say can replace up to half of the fat found in normal chocolate. This hybrid treat, they say, provides a tasty, more healthful alternative to regular chocolate.
Askinosie buys beans directly from small farmers. The goal: better quality control, and more cash to the growers.
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February 14, 2013 Chocolate entrepreneurs say their obsession with controlling every step of production, from the farm to the finished bar, makes for better tasting chocolate, and a more ethical, open relationship with farmers.
November 19, 2012 For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Le Whif breathable chocolate. It's a great way to get your chocolate fix without all the pesky chewing. It's also the perfect thing if you've been meaning to start smoking but want to ease your way in.
A Swiss cardiologist plots a cheeky graph that shows a country's chocolate consumption may predict its chances of winning a Nobel.
October 12, 2012 A cardiologist has some fun plotting how a country's chocolate consumption may predict Nobel prizes. The outlier, he notes, is that Sweden, the home of the Nobel, seems to get more than its share of the prizes.
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Dark chocolate — it's delicious, and it may be good for your blood pressure.
August 15, 2012 A little chocolate may lower your blood pressure, scientists say, but don't throw out the medicines just yet. The new study is the latest in a string of signs that some of the properties in chocolate might be good for you.
Chocolate chips, fresh out of the smoker at Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Seattle.
August 10, 2012 If you can't get to a campfire to roast s'mores today, check out some smoked chocolate. Smoking chocolate is a technique that takes time and precision, but has produced some tasty results for former Girl Scout Autumn Martin and her Seattle bakery.
May 24, 2012 In tough economic times, people almost never cut out comfort foods like chocolate. But sometimes, when you just can't get the foods you love, deprivation can lead to a new food invention, like Estonia's faux chocolate bar, the Kama bar.
May 4, 2012 A hobby turned into an obsession caused Ben Rasmussen to turn his basement into a chocolate factory. See how Rasmussen rebuilds and re-purposes household items to create his award-winning confection.
Researchers say some compounds in cocoa may help us fend off fat.
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March 26, 2012 New research suggests that frequent chocolate consumption may favorably influence metabolism. It adds to the growing evidence that our bodies may not treat all calories the same way.
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If that Hershey's Kiss is your last, researchers say it's likely to taste better.
February 14, 2012 In a recent study, people were three times more likely to favor the last chocolate when they were told no more were coming. Researchers say this built-in bias for endings might also have implications in the world of online dating.
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Ben Rasmussen pours tempered chocolate into a tray, where it will harden into a finished bar.
February 14, 2012 When Ben Rasmussen started making chocolate as a hobby, he had trouble finding equipment, so he cobbled together his own. Now Potomac Chocolate is a business run out of his utility room, where he makes award-winning, single-origin chocolate bars.
George Washington would approve of hot chocolate on a cold winter's day.
December 5, 2011 George Washington drank spiced hot chocolate for breakfast, according to a new cookbook. His version was often seasoned with new-world flavors like chili powder, vanilla, and allspice, creating a complex concoction — richer and less sweet than its modern day counterpart.
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