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Month: September, 2012

M&M Museum opens!

M&M’S Museum of Chocolate Art recently opened at 468 Broadway in Manhattan to celebrate the newest M&M’s character Ms. Brown’s life in milk chocolate. The museum features sculptures, paintings, sketches and photographs – all completed in milk chocolate – that tell the life story of Ms. Brown. Actress Vanessa Williams hosted the grand opening event, which was held on Feb. 7.

The museum is free and open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sun., Feb. 12. Chocolate art aficionados can also take a tour of the Museum of Chocolate Art


Chocolate may protect the brain from stroke

For every 50g per week increase in chocolate consumption, stroke risk decreased by about 14 per cent

Eating chocolate may reduce the long term risk of stroke, research has shown.

Men who consumed moderate amounts of chocolate each week were less likely to suffer a stroke over a period of 10 years than those who ate none.

The difference was small, but significant. Study participants who ate the most chocolate, equivalent to about one third of a cup of chocolate chips, reduced their stroke risk by 17 per cent. A total of 37,103 Swedish men aged 49 to 75 took part in the study.

Their diets were assessed with food questionnaires, which asked how often they ate chocolate. The men’s progress was then followed for 10 years, during which researchers recorded 1,995 cases of a first stroke.

Previousstudies have shown that chocolate may help prevent diabetes, control blood pressure, and protect against heart disease. Healthy antioxidant plant chemicals called flavonoids are thought to explain the health benefits.

Dr Susanna Larsson, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, who led the latest research, reported in the journal Neurology, said: ‘The beneficial effect of chocolate consumption on stroke may be related to the flavonoids in chocolate.

‘Flavonoids appear to be protective against cardiovascular disease through antioxidant, anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also possible that flavonoids in chocolate may decrease blood concentrations of bad cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.

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‘Interestingly, dark chocolate has previously been associated with heart health benefits, but about 90 per cent of the chocolate intake in Sweden, including what was consumed in our study, is milk chocolate.’

The men who ate the largest quantities consumed a modest 63g of chocolate per week. This is about a third of a cup-full of chocolate chips, or just a little more than a Mars bar which weighs 58 grams.

Put into context, the 17 per cent risk reduction amounted to 12 fewer strokes per 10,000 participants over 10 years, or 100,000 “person years”.

Is chocolate dangerous for dogs?

Almost everyone knows that dogs are not supposed to have chocolate, but not a lot of people know exactly why.  Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs in amounts of around 100-150 mg/kg.

Using a dose of 100 mg/kg as the toxic dose it comes out roughly as:

  • 1 ounce per 1 pound of body weight for Milk chocolate (which contains about 45 mg of theobromine per oz)
  • 1 ounce per 3 pounds of body weight for Semisweet chocolate (which contains about 150 mg of theobromine per oz)
  • 1 ounce per 9 pounds of body weight for Baker’s chocolate (which contains about 390 mg of theobromine per oz)

So, for example, 2 oz. of Baker’s chocolate can cause great risk to an 15 lb. dog. Yet, 2 oz. of Milk chocolate usually will only cause digestive problems.  Depending on on size of your dog how much and what type of chocolate was consumed, you can possibly just expect diarrhea in some cases, but other cases may require immediate medical attention.

So what does all this mean?  Well basically it still means don’t let your dogs have chocolate, and still consult with your vet if your dog has consumed chocolate.  But at the same time, be aware of what type of chocolate and how much was consumed by your dog; these two factors will give you and your vet valuable information.


A Nazi Chocolate Bar Plot to Kill Churchill?

The Chocolate Grenade

“Dear Fish, I wonder if you could do a drawing for me of an explosive slab of chocolate,” begins a letter from Lord Victor Rothschild, a British intelligence officer in World War II. “We have received information that the enemy are using pound slabs of chocolate which are made of steel with a very thin covering of real chocolate. Inside there is high explosive and some form of delay mechanism.”

The letter, which was sent on May 4, 1943 to Laurence Fish, an illustrator, referenced a very real assassination plot by the Nazis. Their target: no less than the round mound of resolve, Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The chocolates were to be placed “amongst other luxury items in the War Cabinet’s dining room where Winston Churchill often spent time.” But the plan was discovered by British spies and (ahem) foiled.

 The plot is revealed below:

The Nazis planned to kill Winston Churchill during World War II with exploding chocolate, it has been discovered.

In an extravagant plot, similar to inventive plans used today by Islamic extremist terrorists, the Adolf Hitler commissioned his bomb makers to create an explosive device covered in a thin layer of chocolate. The exploding chocolate bar was then to be wrapped in expensive black and gold covering to disguise the bomb as Peters Chocolate brand of premium chocolates, according to a Telegraph report.

The explosives were planned to be powerful enough to kill anyone within a few meters of the chocolate bar.

The inventive device would be triggered by a piece of the chocolate bar being broken off, which would start a timer to set off the device seven seconds later.

According to the devilish Nazi plan, secret agents would infiltrate Britain and somehow manage to plant the chocolate bars in Britain’s War Cabinet dining room, along with a host of other luxury items so as to blend in. During the war in Britain there was a strictly imposed rationing of luxury items such as chocolate. So their presence in the War Cabinet would likely have quickly attracted those working there.

However, according to The Daily Mail the plot was foiled by British spies, who found out about the exploding chocolate devices. The British spies contacted Lord Victor Rothschild, one of MI5′s most senior intelligence chiefs, who commissioned an artist, Laurence Fish, to create a poster warning of the device to warn the British public.

By Jim Gardner , Christian Post Contributor

July 19, 2012|12:44 pm

Vitamin Deficiency and Sweet Cravings

Your brain and body work together to provide your cells with the right balance of nutrients and vitamins. When calories or vitamins are in short supply you begin to feel hungry or crave certain foods. However, giving in to cravings and eating a pound of chocolate will only make the situation worse because your body is not satisfied with the sugar or the chocolate, but requires the vitamins and minerals it is lacking to keep you healthy.


Chocolate is a good source of magnesium. If you crave chocolate your body may be low in magnesium, according to Colleen Huber, M.D., naturopathic physician and author at Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for your good health by keeping your heart rhythm steady, supporting your immune system and working with calcium to produce strong bones. Foods that are high in magnesium include green vegetables, nuts, potatoes, oatmeal, yogurt and avocado.


Chromium is an essential trace mineral that occurs naturally in small amounts of certain foods. It has a positive effect on improving glycemic control in people who suffer from diabetes. In a review of the science literature published in 2007 in “Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics,”researchers found that chromium picolinate had the greatest bioavailability. Chromium picolinate is a dietary supplement used to treat chromium deficiency.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B complex vitamins help to modulate the production of serotonin in the body, and therefore will help to control or calm sugar cravings, according to Marcelle Pick, M.D., at B complex vitamins are found in vitamin-fortified breads and cereals, egg yolks, brown rice, berries, yeast, milk, cheese and butter. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center state that vitamin B3 may delay the onset of insulin dependent diabetes and those deficient in this vitamin may experience less glucose control thus increasing sweet cravings.


Colleen Huber, M.D., writes at that sugar cravings can also be the result of deficiencies in carbon, phosphorus, sulphur and tryptophan. Food sources of carbon include broccoli, cheese, dried beans, chicken and calf liver. Carbon is found in fresh fruits, while phosphorus is found in chicken, liver, beef, fish, eggs, dairy and nuts. Sulphur compounds are found in onions, cranberries and cruciferous vegetable such as broccoli and cauliflower. Tryptophan is found in cheese, liver, lamb and spinach. Maintaining adequate levels of these nutrients will reduce your sugar rebound and your sugar cravings.