Attention chocolate lovers, life just got better – a whole lot better. Researchers at Tulane University discovered that cocoa powder contains a powerful extract that’s an effective cavity fighter. The study findings were presented at the American Dental Association (ADA) 2013 Annual Session which did a side-by-side comparison of fluoride toothpaste against a new cacao containing toothpaste with a naturally-occurring cacao extract theobromine.
Theobromine, is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant. It’s found in chocolate, in tea plants (leaves), and in the kola (or cola) nut as well as in a number of other foods. Surprisingly the compound contains no bromine despite its name. The derivation of the word theobromine is from “Theobroma, the name of the genus of the cacao tree, (which itself is made up of the Greek roots theo (‘God’) and broma (‘food’), meaning ‘food of the gods’)…”
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