Before We get into the issue of chocolates and their health issues, I thought at least some of you may be interested in knowing where cocoa comes from. As a child of about 8 years, I visited a relative near Kandy in Srilanka where they had a cocoa farm. It was more of a slope hill than the flat land you see in the picture.

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A cocoa garden with many trees showing how tall they normally grow and how cocoa fruit itself grows

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Harvested cocoa fruits
Cocoa fruits with cut open fruits showing the pods
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Dry cocoa beans ready for the next stage 0f making chocolates
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Freshly prepared chocolates

Those of you who have never seen where chocolates originate from, these pictures might give you a glimpse of the cocoa plant with the fruit, the pods and the dried beans.

In the next post we will look into the actual place of chocolates in diet and health.

Do share and invite your friends to participate in these posts. We will share and learn together many aspects of life.

Hope to come soon with my next post.

Rajaratnam Abel

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Having completed my undergraduate medical education from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Then I had the privilege of completing my Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. I could also complete my PhD in Chennai, India. Based on my extensive work in nutrition backed by a number of scientific publication, I also received the Fellowship of the International College of Nutrition (FICN). I retired from active service in 2005. Since then God enabled me to be a Consultant Public Health Physician, at the SUHAM Trust of the DHAN Foundation in Madurai. I am involved in providing community based health care support to a large number Self Help Groups in 14 Indian states.

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