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For the New Years Resolution: The Health Benefits of Theobroma (and Chocolate)

For the New Years Resolution: The Health Benefits of Theobroma (and Chocolate)

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the final stretch of the holiday season! The New Year has arrived filled with new promises, hopes, opportunities and, of course, resolutions. These resolutions are usually made in the best interest of our health but, quite honestly, are forgotten with the vestiges of the previous year. But this year, I’ve got a resolution that nearly impossible to give up - eat chocolate. That’s right, chocolate. Cocoa, from which chocolate is made, comes from the Theobroma Cacao tree and was used by the ancient peoples who first cultivated it to treat basically everything - from anaemia...

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The Agrias Claudina Butterfly

The Agrias Claudina Butterfly

Strong clear patterns and vivid patches of color on their wings make these Agrias Claudina butterflies, part of the genus Agrias, a sight to behold. These butterflies, native to the rainforests of South America such as the Amazon in Brazil, are distinctive in their beauty. Their wings are decorated by patterns of red, blue, black, and gold, with males having their own distinct trait - yellow tufts on the back of their wings that release pheromones to attract female butterflies. Although the Agrias Claudina butterfly is beautiful, what they eat is decidedly not. These butterflies love to feast on rotting...

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Tiny & Unforgiving: The Poison Dart Frog

Tiny & Unforgiving: The Poison Dart Frog

You’ve heard of the phrase “If looks could kill,” right? Well in the case of the Poison Dart Frog it’s looks, specifically its cobalt blue color, tell it can kill. Like its name suggests, the Poison Dart Frog, scientifically known as Dendrobates Tinctorius, secretes a venom from it’s skin that most predators find distasteful if not deadly. To warn of their toxicity, these frogs developed bright vibrant colorations and almost ostentatious patterns which is a tactic called aposematic coloration. What’s even more interesting is how frogs raised in captivity never develop the venom that is so abundant in their wild brethren. Researchers propose...

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Vegan Spelt Cinnamon Rolls with Dark Chocolate and Fig Filling

Vegan Spelt Cinnamon Rolls with Dark Chocolate and Fig Filling

I love figs. When summer begins to fade and fall peeks from around the corner you can find me in the thick of farmer’s markets, up to my elbows in apples and squash, checking every produce stand for the delectable teardrop shaped fruits. Why? Well, figs have a very short produce season, so I try to make the most of it by consuming them in any way I can. Be it folded into crepes with yogurt and honey, stirred into oatmeal, blended into smoothies, or simply eaten by the handful, I can never get enough. But I had never thought...

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