In 1960, in the film Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock used chocolate syrup for blood in the famous shower scene.
In 2007, neuropsychologist David Lewis showed that dark chocolate gave the brain a bigger buzz than passionate kissing.
And in 2017, award-winning author of NeuroSlimming, Dr Helena Popovic is commemorating Easter with Dymocks Brisbane and Mayfield Chocolates in March, and with Dymocks Sydney and Patons chocolates in April, to teach the art of chocolate tasting.
Huh? How can the author of a weight loss book be promoting exquisite chocolate? Because it’s not what you eat, it’s why and how you eat.
Cacao originated in Central and South America more than 4000 years ago and chocolate has been eaten for thousands of years. Yet diabetes and obesity have only become epidemics in the last few decades.
The country that eats the most chocolate per head of population in the world today is Switzerland and they are way down in the list of most obese countries in the world.
Harvard University studies show that Kuna Indians in Panama have among the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease in the world despite poor sanitation and no access to Western medicine. Their low incidence of stroke and heart attack, and exceptionally good blood pressure, has been attributed to drinking four to five cups of locally grown cocoa per person per day. Because they can’t afford milk and sugar, they drink it with boiled mashed bananas. The rich creamy texture combined with the sweet banana flavour is out of this world.
So this Easter, you can have your chocolate and eat it too.
It’s all about learning the skill of savouring. Tune your tastebuds to the 300 different flavours and 400 separate aromas contained in each cacao bean. And discover how delectable chocolate can be your ally in attaining vibrant health, lasting vitality and a body you love. This will be an unforgettable evening/afternoon of fun and flavour, learning and laughter.
Thursday 16 March: 6pm – 9pm
177 Albert Street, Brisbane City
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Saturday 16 April: 12pm – 1pm
424 – 430 George Street, Sydney