Top Chocolate Makers Say Global Chocolate Supply is Depleting

The world’s top two chocolate makers, Barry Callebaut and Mars, have declared that the global supply of chocolate is being rapidly depleted. The cause for the depleting chocolate supply is simple: the public is consuming TDM chocolate where TDM stands for “too damn much”. In all candor, it is true that global demand for chocolate has been rising. It is a sign that poverty rates are declining as people have sufficient funds to invest and enjoy the tasty confection. Normally, Bruce Levenson tells me that rising consumer demand is a good thing in any market sector.

However, West Africa, which accounts for 70% of the world’s cacao supply, has struggled with the emergence of a nasty fungi called Moniliophthora roreri aka “frosty pod”. The fungi has destroyed between 43% and 57% of the cacao crops in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. This has resulted in a decrease in the global supply of 30% to 40%. In 2013, global demand consumed 70,000 metric tons more cacao than was produced. Some analysts believe that by 2020, the world will consume 1 million metric tons more than is currently produced and that it will double by the year 2030.

While doom & gloom scenarios seldom ever play out, it does paint a stark picture that supply is not keeping pace with demand. This will ultimately necessitate the rise in the price of chocolate. Further complication matters is that many cacao farmers have switched to crops like corn which are not only easier to grow, but pay handsomely as well.

Sugar is a Drug Too-Recovering with Nutrition

When drug addicts go into a recovery program, the focus has rarely, if ever, been on their nutritional health. The focus is only on stopping their use of the drug. The age old program called Alcoholics Anonymous tells their members to keep candy on hand in case of a craving. This is probably because alcohol has a high amount of sugar and may mimic the high of drinking with a sugar high. Sugar is highly addictive itself. The more expensive rehab centers may have taken note to keep fresh fruits and vegetables available, but they also provided sugary sodas, caffeine and high energy drinks as well. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition gives evidence that sugar activates the reward system of the body as does a drug.

Another study with backing from Slow Ventures found that Oreo cookies mimic cocaine in the brain’s pleasure center. Some of the better rehab centers are now taking a more holistic approach in their recovery programs. They serve healthy food to teach the recovering addicts how to eat properly. They take them shopping and allow them to buy only items that do not have sugar in the first 4 ingredients. If you are lucky enough to go to a decent rehab center, you may find healthier foods, exercise programs and activities that teach you how to function as an adult. Unfortunately, many people are forced to go to very sub-par facilities due to a lack of money. These programs function off the food stamps of their patients and the food bought is bought solely on the basis of how cheap it is. Fresh fruit will rarely be seen. They will sit in chairs all day, are not allowed to move around more than a small building and not treated very well. Hopefully, one day all rehab centers will make health and nutrition a priority as well as quitting drugs. Recovery is a life style change. A healthy lifestyle includes healthy eating.

Chocolate Might Actually Be Good For You

There’s a lot of information out there that tells you to really cut down on the chocolate. But medical researchers are starting to discover that they may have been wrong about that great cocoa flavoring found in so many treats.

There’s a compound called reservatrol which is found in common after dinner treats like wine, and chocolate, that actually has anti-inflammatory properties.

What’s more, Andrew Heiberger tells me that this type of compound actually contributes to spinal bone density in men. Meaning greater back health and performance in older age.

Of course, you have to realize that this is from straight up cocoa powder, so the compound is best when used in dark chocolate and cocoa power itself. Milk chocolate, and other types of mass produced candies still aren’t very good for your health, because of all the additives. But that does mean you can still have a health diet and include some chocolate.