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October 28, 2018
Ottawa got it's first sprinkle of snow last night, making it the perfect time for a nice hot cup of cocoa. The timing couldn't be better since it's also National Chocolate Day! There is actually some debate on whether that day is today or July 8th, but no argument here. I'll take both days!!!
Chocolate comes from the cacao (or cocoa) bean which is the dried and fermented seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cacao solids and cacao butter (the fat) can be extracted. Theobroma is latin for "Food of the Gods"! Many studies have concluded that Cacao contains an active compound that may account for the pleasurable sensations that occur after we eat it, which makes it one of the most body & soul nourishing plants on earth.
We all know and love eating chocolate and know about its health benefits. Cacao is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Dark Chocolate (the darker the better in my opinion) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease. Some benefits of dark not sugar packed chocolate include:
Cacao is also good for your skin. Choolate is rich in flavonoids which target free radicals that target skin cells, it softens skin, improves elasticity and reduces wrinkles.
Cacao Essential Oil (or Absolute) has the aroma of fine dark chocolate, and is infused in Kreyol Essence Haitian Black Castor Oil. This oil has many uses, its a calming scalp massage that promotes circulation and hair growth. It also makes a great chocolate scented massage oil.
Recap: Chocolate tastes amazing, makes you feel good and is good for you skin! Do you need more reason to love chocolate? Go ahead and indulge.
Leaving you with this song recorded by 19 artists and 11 languages to urge investment in African Agriculture.
Happy National Chocolate Day Beauties!
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