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5/1/09 12:21 A

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I got a message on the health benefits of chocolate:

Mr. Ross,

Thank you for taking the time to contact Ghirardelli Chocolate.

Ghirardelli does not test our chocolates for antioxidants percentages or market them for the heath benefits some say dark chocolate has.

Ghirardelli strives to offer our consumers a premium chocolate product. We stand behind the experience our chocolate gives to our consumers. Our chocolate is naturally processes, so we do nothing to destroy its natural properties.

Kind regards, Shawna Ortez
Senior Consumer Affairs Coordinator
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
1111 - 139th AvenueSan Leandro, CA 94578

Regards, Bob


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ROBCURTROSS Posts: 261
4/30/09 1:53 P

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Thanks for link. I see that the chocolate is sweetend with agave syrup.

Wikipedia warns: "However, the extremely high percentage of fructose (higher than that of high-fructose corn syrup) can be deleterious and can trigger fructose malabsorption, metabolic syndrome[7], hypertriglyceridemia, decreased glucose tolerance, hyperinsulinemia, and accelerated uric acid formation.[8][9][10] Low-carb diet advocate Dr. Michael Eades M.D. advises to "avoid it [Agave syrup] like death".[11]

This diet stuff is so complicated. :(

Regards, Bob


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4/29/09 6:24 P

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I have heard about this chocolate from a member on another team- www.gourmetchocolatenbg.com/ Good luck!

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This is great!! I'm a choc-a-holic big time. I try to stay free of it so I don't allow it in the house. Every once in a while I'll buy a bag just to prove I have will power enough to leave it alone. Sadly, my husband doesn't and he eats it. So now we do without. But it was fun listening to all the stories about Chocolate. I can see I'm going to have to devote some really great time to updating everything on this website. Sorry I've been busy but am anxious to join a group. Our dog Sparky & I go for walks everyday. Rain or shine although we prefer the shine. I can feel the weight falling off but haven't gotten the courage to buy a scale yet.

I have been eating & cooking everything healthy. I asked our son if I could come live with him when Dad finds out he's been eating good food for the last 2 weeks. haha

Thx for letting me in on the group.

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4/19/09 11:31 A

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LORIBBB - My husband's middle name is Leonides (the chocolate brand name). His mother is British and I tease her sometimes why she didn't name him "Bad Habit" or Cadbury...LOL!

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4/18/09 10:24 P

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What a great trip!!
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4/18/09 10:00 P

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Oh, SP is really NOT the place to write about how wonderful chocolate is (lol), but freshly made Belgian chocolates are truly a thing of beauty...there are many small chocolate shops on the streets, and I once ate my way through Brussels buying one lovingly handmade chocolate at each shop as I walked around the city...the one that stands out in my memory was a simple chocolate shell (not the shape, I mean a container) filled with fresh whipped cream. Absolutely one of the most amazing things I've ever eaten. Too fragile to try to bring home on an airplane, though...you really have to enjoy them there becuase they're only good within an hour or so of being made.

My husband's favorite chocolate in the world is Leonides, a Belgian brand that's difficult to find in the US but is quite good.

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4/18/09 9:38 P

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I'm curious about Belgium Choc. Everyone says how good it taste, is it similar to France's Choc.?
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4/18/09 1:09 P

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When choosing Chocolate look for 70% or higher in cocoa mass content as your first step.

Chocolate from France is more regulated than in any other country and must contain cocoa mass content on the label.

You will not find milk chocolate in this category. The cocoa content is altered to allow for milk solids.

Some manufactures remove the cocoa butter and replace with other fats that will not have the same health benefits cocoa butter has.

Not all dark chocolate tastes the same as the beans are grown in different types of conditions and the processing like in coffee is different from one company to the next.

I would suggest you try some good french chocolate but it can be expensive and hard to find. Lindt makes a 85% that can be found in the grocery store at a decent price.

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4/18/09 11:46 A

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A number of sources suggest eating dark chocolate for health reasons, but apparently manufacturers remove them because of the bitter tastes. (See note from USDA below.)

Can anyone suggests chocolates that list the contents of antioxidants, especially high levels?

Thanks, Bob

Cocoa powder contains more beneficial antioxidants than other chocolate products, but processing decreases their contents.

Those are the results of a study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their cooperators interested in the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and procyanidin levels of six chocolate and cocoa products: natural (unsweetened) cocoa powders, Dutch processed (alkalinized) cocoa powders, unsweetened baking chocolates, semi-sweet chocolate baking chips, dark chocolates, and milk chocolates.

Chocolate and cocoa powder are derived from beans that contain hefty quantities of natural antioxidants called flavonoids. The researchers found natural cocoa contains the highest capacity of the antioxidant procyanidin. Antioxidants are thought to be effective in helping to prevent cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2005/05040
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