Cocoa Costs Expected to Increase Through 2012

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After news was recently released announcing a potential hike in cocoa bean costs due to decreased production in West Africa, Massage School San Diego has released its top 5 health benefits of raw chocolate, in hopes it will encourage growth of the raw chocolate industry despite the increase in cocoa prices.

The announcement that the world may soon see an increase in cocoa prices due to a hindered crop production in Africa was released earlier this week. In response, MSSD, which promotes healthy living by helping people find massage schools in San Diego, has released a tip sheet, detailing the top five healthy benefits of raw chocolate, in hopes it will encourage the continued growth of the natural food and raw chocolate movements despite expected price increases. MSSD, an authority on healthy living, provides helpful tips on healthy eating, holistic approaches to medicine, educational guidance, and news on all things natural.    

Because of dry conditions in West Africa, which supplies two-thirds of the world’s cocoa, U.S. suppliers may soon see a hike in cocoa bean prices that is expected to last through the beginning of 2013. In August, West Africa’s Ghana region has only received .2 inches of rain, compared to nearly 1.4 last year. This has affected crop output negatively. So far, the prices of cocoa have climbed 16 percent on the New York Stock Exchange according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

In hopes of continuing growth of the raw chocolate movement despite these expected hikes in prices, MSSD has released its top 5 list of raw chocolate health benefits:
1. It can improve circulation and lowers blood pressure.
2. It can improve digestion.
3. It can promote cardiovascular health and prevent blood clotting.
4. It has loads of antioxidants.
5. It’s high nutrients, like iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc

Cocoa, also called cacao, is a seed from a cocoa tree, dried and fermented. The seed is found in a leathery pod, which is filled with pulp and anywhere from 30 to 50 other seeds. A whopping 70 percent of the world’s cocoa production comes from West Africa, as the trees typically only grow in areas within 20 degrees of the Equator. Cocoas beans are most commonly used in manufacturing chocolate and are thought to have some cardiovascular benefits due to their high level of flavonoids.

West Africa is a region on the continent of Africa encompassing about 5 million square miles. There are 16 distinct countries within the West Africa region, which is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Sahara Desert and the Benue Trough.

Ghana, a country in the West Africa region, is home to more than 24 million people. Bordered by Burkina Faso, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana was formerly known as the Gold Coast Crown Colony under European rule. The country became independent in 1957, taking on the name Ghana, which means “warrior king.”

New York Stock Exchange, located on Wall Street in New York City, is the world’s largest stock exchange. In December of 2011, its approximate market capitalization was $14.2 trillion dollars. The NYSE began in 1792 out of a small rented room on Wall Street. The exchange has since grown to list more than 2,300 publicly traded companies.

In response to recent news that production of cocoa beans is expected to decrease and their prices in the U.S. to increase, Massage School San Diego has expressed its displeasure, noting that these increased prices will hinder the raw chocolate and healthy living industries.

About Massage School San Diego:
A long-standing resource to the San Diego massage education community, provides guidance and assistance to incoming massage students, incoming attendees, and the massage schools of San Diego themselves. MSSD is also a purveyor of health news, healthy living tips, and healthy eating advice for man and animal alike.

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