EATING CHOCOLATE COMBINED WITH ZINC COULD HELP YOU ‘LIVE LONGER,’ STUDY SUGGESTSINDEPENDENT Eating chocolate and drinking coffee and tea may help you live longer, according to a new study. To reap the benefits of the treats, however, they must be consumed with zinc supplements – which together activate a compound that slows down aging. According to the researchers from the University of Erlangen in Nuremberg and Auburn University in Alabama, the combination can lengthen life by protecting against naturally-occurring “oxidative stress” – a gas that leads to aging and other illnesses such as cancer, inflammation or degenerative diseases.
Eating Three Bars of Dark Chocolate a Month Cuts the Risk of Heart Failure by 13%
For all those chocoholics who have been wondering if there is any truth to what the naysayers have to say, it turns out that chocolate can benefit your health more than it can harm it. Eating up to three bars of dark chocolate a month can lower the risk of heart failure, claims a recent comprehensive study. However, indulging in such treats on a daily basis may increase the risk of heart failure by 17%, according to researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the U.S. They also found that people who ate up to three bars a month had a 13% lower risk of heart failure compared to those who ate none.
Utah State University Opens USU’s Aggie Chocolate Factory
The long awaited USU Aggie Chocolate Factory has its grand opening! Although the factory will serve many purposes, first and foremost will be a laboratory in the food science program. This is the only university that has a bean-to-bar processing facility that can be used for teaching and research. The chocolate factory will introduce Aggies to high cacao content chocolate bars, as well as dark, frozen hot chocolate and pastries at the factory’s cafe.
Giant Chocolate Waterfall Comes to Union Square in NYC
An Italian sweets shop claiming to have the “largest chocolate waterfall in North America” recently opened. Venchi, an Italian chocolate store has a 45-foot long, 10-foot high, chocolate waterfall within the store. Other than gourmet chocolates, Venchi also sells gelato, crepes, and coffee.
So What is “Ruby Chocolate”?
Pink isn’t a color that comes to mind when we think of chocolate. But a new, smoky rose-colored variety called “ruby chocolate” made its U.S. debut in Dallas, this summer, selling a ruby chocolate line from Prestat, the London chocolatier favored by Britain’s royal family. As described in THE DAILY MEAL, Chicago-based Vosges haut-Chocolat will start shipping orders this month. Also check out DAME CACAO for what ruby chocolate is and where to buy it.