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Chocolate contains cadmium that can increase cancer risk

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Children and adults all over the world love chocolate, either enjoying it by eating chocolate bars or sipping warm cocoa drinks. But behind its delicious taste, cacao contains cadmium, a chemical substance harmful to kidneys. It also increases the risk of cancer. If we compare it to other harmful heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium may not seem to be that… Read more »

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Cocoa Cartel Is Less Bitter for Luxury Chocolate

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A new method for pricing cocoa will give a better wage to West African farmers. The downside may be more inequality between global chocolate brands. The chocolate industry faces higher input costs in the future, warned Martin Hug, chief financial officer of Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli, in a sales update this week. Last summer, the governments of Ghana and… Read more »

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This new blockchain chocolate bar is brought to you by the UN

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cocoaWhen you buy The Other Bar, you can donate back to cocoa farmers, supporting them planting more trees and earning a living wage. When you buy The Other Bar, an experimental new chocolate bar designed to fight global poverty, the candy comes with a choice: Inside the package, you can scan a code to donate a blockchain token to the… Read more »

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Nestle creates new chocolate with no added sugar

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Nestle SA has found a way to create chocolate without adding any sugar, relying on leftover material from cocoa plants for sweetening as consumers look for natural and healthier fare. The food company is using a patented technique to turn the white pulp that covers cocoa beans into a powder that naturally contains sugar. This fall in Japan, Nestle will… Read more »

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Study shows higher cocoa prices could end child labour in Ghana

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Ghana could end child labour on cocoa farms by increasing the prices it pays impoverished farmers by about 50%, a U.S. study said on Wednesday, as global efforts to end child labour stall. Paying just 3% more at the farm gate could stop children in Ghana doing the most hazardous tasks, like using machetes, or working more than 42 hours… Read more »

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Chocolate is a better cough suppressant than your cough syrup, study says

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A research group at the University of Hull in Yorkshire, England recently conducted a small study to explore the link between the sweet treat and respiratory health. To do so, they examined 163 patients in Europe with a cough, randomly prescribing them either regular codeine or a chocolate-based medicine called ROCOCO. After analyzing the results, they found that patients on… Read more »

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How flawed science helped turn chocolate into a health food

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A small and preliminary study was hyped to claim that chocolate fights Alzheimer’s. Have you heard? Dark chocolate will do everything from boost your cognition to reduce your cardiovascular disease risk and even help you lose weight! Or so the chocolate science hype machine will tell you. Several months ago, we got to wondering how chocolate candy had earned such… Read more »

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Cocoa Of Excellence: Celebrating The Farmers Behind Chocolate

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“Without cocoa, there is no chocolate,” says Brigitte Laliberté, the coordinator of the Global Network for Cacao Genetic Resources and the Cocoa of Excellence Programme (CoEx). “It’s as simple as this. Everything starts from there.” She’s right, yet every award honoring chocolate focuses on the end maker, not farmers. The celebrated outlier is the International Cocoa Awards (ICA), an event… Read more »

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What’s the real cost of chocolate?

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Chocolate is the “food of the gods,” a sweet treat for many across the world, and a booming industry worth an estimated $110 billion a year. But as we unwrap a favorite bar or tuck into a truffle, how many of us take the time to think about where it came from, and who helped in its transformation from the… Read more »

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From cocoa to chocolate in an entertaining and didactic way

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The children’s vacations are over and the school year has already started. Now, time to study! But before returning to school, many have had the privilege of learning about cocoa and Venezuelan chocolate in an entertaining and didactic way, as it took place at the vacation plan offered by the Chacaomarket in Miranda state. There, about 18 children in the… Read more »

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