Using over 50 lbs. of white, milk and dark chocolate, colored cocoa butter and several different media of chocolate, Master Chocolatier Max McConaghay created and presented this beautiful chocolate dress at the St. Joseph Hospital Celebration Gala for Breast Cancer.
Chocolate Facts... You may be surprised to learn that cacao, the pod from which chocolate is made, is actually a fruit and even more surprised to learn that it is one of the most commonlyeaten healthy fruits.
Recent research studies have shown a link between cocoa and cardiovascular health, with reduced risk of blood clots, strokes and heart attacks. Cocoa has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world!
ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale was developed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which normally cause cell and tissue damage. The higher the ORAC score, the higher the level of antioxidants present in the food.
ORAC Scores for Top Antioxidant Foods (per 100 grams)
Raw Cacao Powder 95,500
Raw Cacao Nibs 62,100
Roasted Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Nibs 26,000
Goji Berries* 25,300
Acai Berries* 18,500
Dark Chocolate 13,120
Cranberries (Raw) 9,090
Milk Chocolate 6,740
Red Wine 4,523
Green Tea (Brewed) 1,253
Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Journal of American Chemical Society *Brunswick Laboratories MA, USA
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