A chance to prove not only that chocolate is good for you, but that cacao is the ingredient that acts as a cure for many ills. Now Cacao shops are inviting you to indulge in some chocolate, share it with your loved ones, and for one day, Monday 27th January, half of all the sales, money on three very special offers, will go to Tulips to help people with cancer.
For years we have been told that chocolate increases the waist line and should be avoided, but as St. Paul once said 'Moderation in all things' and it is now a medical fact that moderation in chocolate, acts as they used to say for a certain dog food and 'prolongs active life!'
Learn more of its benefits, and share in this special offer to make the lives of many better, healthier and longer (including your own). Sue Tilt and Carole King have decided that North Cyprus is to celebrate International Chocolate Day and they have negotiated with the Cacao group to prove that 'Chocolate is good for you - And as it is the cacao that packs a powerful punch then there could not be a more appropriate place.
Study after study proves that dark chocolate - sweet, rich, and delicious - is good for more than curing a broken heart. The secret behind its powerful punch is cacao, also the source of the sweet's distinct taste. Packed with healthy chemicals like flavonoids and Theo bromine, this little bean is a disease-killing bullet. The only problem? Cacao on its own is bitter, chalky, nasty stuff.
Enter milk, sugar, and butter - good for your taste buds, not always good for your health. Besides adding calories, these can dilute the benefits of cacao. So snack smart: Stick to healthy chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao (or cocoa, which is cacao in its roasted, ground form). As long as the content is that high, says Mary Engler, Ph.D., a professor of physiological nursing in the U.S.A., you can reap the benefits from eating only small amounts. Because of its high fat and sugar content, limit yourself to 7 ounces, or about four dark chocolate bars, a week. The more the chocolate is processed, the fewer health benefits remain in the finished product. This is why raw cacao products have become so popular. However, many health benefits remain in non-raw dark chocolate, provided there aren't too many added unhealthful ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.
High in Antioxidants
Cocoa contains flavanols, a type of flavonoid that is only found in cocoa and chocolate. Flavonoids are naturally-occurring compounds that occur in plant foods that act as antioxidants and help counteract free radicals in the body.
Blood Pressure Benefits
Dark chocolate has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure in people with elevated blood pressure.
Lower LDL Cholesterol
Eating dark chocolate on a regular basis has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol by as much as 10 percent.
Chocolate contains serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. Chocolate also stimulates endorphin production, which creates feelings of happiness and pleasure. In fact, one study found that melting chocolate in the mouth produced feelings of pleasure longer than passionate kissing. This may explain why many people naturally reach for chocolate when they're depressed.
Several studies have found chocolate to be one of the best cancer-fighting foods along with foods like red wine, blueberries, garlic, and tea. Two ways that chocolate works as a cancer fighter is by inhibiting cell division and reducing inflammation, though research is ongoing and will probably find additional ways in which chocolate fights cancer.
Prevents Tooth Decay
Research has found that the theobromine in chocolate prevents tooth decay by eliminating streptococcus mutans, a bacteria found in the oral cavity that contributes to tooth decay.
Longer Life and Less Disease
One Dutch study followed 200 men over 20 years and found that those who consumed large amounts of chocolate, both milk chocolate and dark, lived longer and had lower overall disease rates than men who ate little or no chocolate.
A Harvard study on the Kuna tribe of Panama resulted in similar findings. The Kuna consumed large amounts of raw cacao every day and the study found them to have lower overall disease rates and longer life
expectancy than neighbouring tribes who did not consume as much raw cacao.
To further strengthen the case for chocolate as a life extender, the world's longest-lived person, Jeanne Louise Calment, lived to the age of 122 and many ascribed her longevity in part to her consumption of 2.5 pounds of dark chocolate a week.
High in Magnesium
Cacao is higher in magnesium than any other plant. Magnesium is an important mineral that helps in the regulation of the digestive, neurological, and cardiovascular systems. Since many people are magnesium deficient, adding magnesium-rich dark chocolate to the diet can improve overall health.
Studies have shown that the antioxidants in cacao work like brooms in sweeping plaque out of the arteries.
Many studies have shown that dark chocolate is good for the brain. Researchers have found it can protect the brain after a stroke by shielding the nerve cells from further damage, and it has been found to improve memory from further damage. Dark chocolate has also been found to improve memory.
As it is recommended that to enjoy a longer life with less disease, you need to grab yourself some chocolate, then why not take advantage of this special offer to help others live longer, namely those helped by TULIPS which will benefit from this extra income.
Alongside the special Cacao offer at ALL their branches; the Food Lodge at Catalkoy is giving the Tulips Girls (Sue Tilt and Carole King) some super duper chocolate cake for them to sell for even more money for Tulips. The 'girls' will be seen outside the Municipality Offices in the centre of Kyrenia on Monday selling the cake and possibly some of the delicious chocolates on offer - 3 sizes, three prices (10tl, 20tl and 50tl) and eminently suitable for chocoholics everywhere.
So on Monday 27th January the message is clear 'GO CACAO FOR TULIPS!