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The Aztecs considered the cocoa bean as food of the gods. The bean was loved for its many nutritional benefits and its delicious taste. As it gained popularity in the New World, the bean – which is the main ingredient for chocolate – underwent many processes. Today, commercialized chocolate is known to contain many additives. Cocoa beans, however, can still be incorporated in the diet. Here’s how:
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Use it raw: Raw cocoa powder is jampacked with antioxidants. Eating dark chocolate can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. Medical studies have even found cocoa to improve blood pressure and HDL cholesterol levels. The full benefits can be experienced if it is taken raw or with little to no additives (especially sugar).
Start small: The taste of pure cocoa can take some getting used to. A good way to begin is to use it as a garnish. Dieticians suggest sprinkling raw cocoa power over fruit or frozen yogurt. The effect is a guilt-free dessert. Another good suggestion is to toast a whole-grain slice of bread, layer it with raw nut butter, add a layer of banana, and then sprinkle it with cocoa powder.
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Remember that cocoa, in itself, is healthy. That is why it is extremely important that one looks for certified raw, unsweetened powder when in the store. Really good cocoa also has higher fat content (as much as 24 percent from others), which should not be cause for worry. This just means that the cocoa has more flavor and you don’t need to use as much. Taken correctly, cocoa even aids weight loss.
There is a reason why there is a clamor to get rid of the practice of injecting hormones and feeding antibiotics to livestock. More studies are showing the hazards to health when humans consume meat from cattle that had been fed with these additives.
A number of hormones are administered to cattle, including estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, zeranol, and trenbolone acetate, all of which are meant to hasten growth and improve yield. Some studies show how consumption of these hormones might affect the natural balance of hormones in humans. A study in 2009 claimed that the hormones promoted an early onset of puberty among children. But the most pressing concern is how artificially induced hormones might stimulate an increase in the body's production of natural hormones, which increases the risk of cancer.
Furthermore, scientists have noted the seeming rise of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," caused primarily by people's indiscriminate consumption of antibiotics. Studies suggest that the antibiotics fed to livestock might have also contributed when about 80 percent of antibiotics produced in the US are used in livestock farming.
Seasoned businessman Steve Sorensen is a partner in Flying V-Bar Ranch, whose Sweetwater division raises natural hormone- and antibiotic-free cattle. The cattle is free to graze the ranch's pastures. Learn more about Steve and his work by subscribing to this Facebook page.
The missionary life will more often than not be challenging and test one’s faith. The testimony of Mormon missionary John H. Groberg in his journey to build a kingdom of thriving Mormon communities in the Pacific archipelago Tonga exhibits just how challenging missions can be.
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Groberg, at a young age of 19 and after finishing just one year at Brigham Young University, was given the assignment of going to the LDS Church in the Tongan islands with few resources and no previous knowledge of the Tongan culture and language.
Even getting to Tonga proved to be an arduous task for Groberg as he was delayed from reaching the country by strikes, visa problems, and transport issues. And upon his arrival, he learned his first assignment was a remote island named Niuatoputapu, a place that had limited external contact, save for telegraphs and visiting boats.
Not only did Groberg have to endure the lack of unity, morality, and cooperation from natives, he also suffered from physical hardships, such as mosquito bites, his soles getting eaten by rats, starvation, and exhaustion, and natural calamities. He also went through isolation as he had little communication with his supervising mission president.
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Inspiringly, Groberg was able to accomplish his God-given mission. He has gone on to live a full life, marrying Jean Sabin and raising 11 children together, while still continuing to work for the church. Groberg also became a general authority of the LDS Church in April 1976.
He wrote a memoir, “In the Eye of the Storm,” about his mission, which was also adapted into the Disney movie The Other Side of Heaven.
Staffing industry expert and businessman Steve Sorensen is a member and a return missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). Visit this LinkedIn profile to know more about Mr. Sorensen.
Running a business brings a privilege of giving to organizations, religious work, and charitable causes that matter. Business owners give back monetarily or through volunteering to help accomplish their chosen organization’s goals. But it’s not just the charities that benefit from a business’s help; it is a two-way street. Below is a list of what businesses get when they give back.
Tax deductions: Businesses that support charities can get tax deductions. Donations like sponsorships and cash donations are tax-deductible. Companies can get deductions of up to 50 percent of their Adjusted Gross Income. However, business leaders must take note that they should work with an organization that is recognized by the IRS to get tax deductions.
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Publicity: Getting involved in a bigger cause opens a door of opportunities for businesses to connect with consumers and possible partners. Many customers choose a company they feel they share the same values. Customers also see companies involved in charitable work as more trustworthy compared to their competitors.
Employee retention: Many young employees choose to work for a company that allows them to do volunteer work without sacrificing their leisure time. Doing the good work also boosts employees’ morale. It also helps as a way of team building.
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Steve Sorensen is the former owner of Select Staffing, a company that offers staffing services for IT and engineering companies, and Butler America. He is also greatly involved in religious and charitable causes as an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Learn more about his field of work by visiting this Facebook page.