(My note: the second half of this is the best!)
Chocolate is Good for You!!!
I know, right?! How awesome is that!!!!
Now, the more intelligent of you out there will be thinking, ‘wait, this is a busting fitness myths blog’ and will be realizing that my comment above is facetious in nature. Many others, however, will be bought right into and and be thinking, ‘awesome! I can eat chocolate and achieve all my health and fitness goals!’
Yeah, you should read some more of my blogs if you thought that.
But I don’t have to seek it out, no, sometimes these people come right to me! Which makes it much more fun.
First I am going to chat about whether or not chocolate is healthy. Then the second half of this blog will be a recap of my new friends at Xocai chocolate! Yes, the healthy chocolate company tried to get Taylored Training to sign up!
We had an awesome chat! Check below!
Is Chocolate Good for You?
The unfortunate part is that there are way too many people out there that still are sucked into misconstrued information. And most of the time it is making a nice retirement fund for some unscrupulous people.
Take chocolate for instance. Actually, I have blogged about this before.
CHOCOLATE IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU! CHOCOLATE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH!
Get it? Good.
What about the research you say? There is research that proves this.
Kind of. Cocoa, an ingredient in chocolate IS good for you. Filled with polyphenols, minerals, and other good stuff, cocoa has been associated with numerous health benefits. Cocoa.
Chocolate is butter and sugar. Saturated fat and sugar. Anyway you slice it, those are the facts. And to mix those ingredients you have to heat the sugar and fat, and heating decreases the health properties of cocoa.
So any product claiming to be healthy and chocolate at the same time is simply not possible. But hey, that’s just science.
To also note, there are no standardized amounts of things like polyphenols and antioxidants established for humans. So products that play into your desire to increase the amounts of these things in your diet really have no legs to stand on. If they say, ‘contains 4000 units of polyphenols’ but your body can only use 50 units (numbers fabiricated to assist with proving my point) then who cares if the chocolate slab you are about to ingest has 4000 units? Or if it has 3000 more units than another product? You only need 50 units and the rest is all a waste.
Add cocoa to a protein shake or morning oatmeal if you want the healthy stuff.
My Conversation with a Healthy Chocolate Company
(I think this is much for fun to read on Facebook btw)
Here we go!!!!
Some of you may remember a few years ago I had a run-in with another multi-level marketing company. This is like, round two – new company same old story.
Here is a recent chat with a sales rep hoping to make a buck. Read the whole thing on our Facebook Fanpage wall!!!! Or here…
I have a product that would be beneficial to you before , during and after your workout , I think you will be surprised when you hear what it is. Everyone loves it.
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Taylor Simon I would love to hear about this product!
Taylor Simon Well – I guess this product isn’t as awesome as we thought
Taylor Simon Donna, check my post on our fanpage about your amazing product
November 23 at 11:16am · Like
Donna Johnston Sorry you feel that way, someday I will stop in and see you and then I think youwill understand where I’m comming from about this product. I’m not looking for you to sign up into some type of pyramid . For some reason people jump to this conclusion without hearing the whole story.
Taylor Simon Probably because of the video on the main page of the website that explains how the pyramid works and how making money is one of the primary elements
3 main links on the page – history of chocolate, car allowance, and compensation plan
No links anywhere on the scientific evidence that these products benefit health in anyway
November 23 at 2:01pm · Like
Taylor Simon It’s a pyramid scheme the same as Isagenix, Amway, and Advocare
November 23 at 2:03pm · Like
Taylor Simon We will leave this post up so that our members and fans can be made aware of and stay away from the latest marketing scam that espouses benefits with no evidence and misrepresents current scientific knowledge in order to sell product
November 23 at 2:04pm · Like · 1
November 23 at 4:17pm · Like ·
Taylor Simon That is a good video to look at. It is a classic representation of poorly reported science. Please note that cacao is the ingredient that is being studied and shown to have small effects on some aspects of human health.
It is nothing to do with Chocolate itself that has the benefits. If you look at chocolate products you will see that they are filled with large amount of sugar and saturated fats. Your products actually contain 75% saturated fat and equivalent amounts of sugar to most other chocolate products on the market.
November 23 at 4:33pm · Like
Taylor Simon It is fat and sugar that harm health.
We highly recommend eating cacao or cocoa – our members put it in their protein shakes, oatmeal, and a variety of other healthy food options.
Simply filling a video of people saying how much weight they have lost and a few paid doctors talking about a non peer reviewed study that they have no data to demonstrate is not proof whatsoever of anything.
We advocate healthy diet and intense exercise.
It isn’t your product that sucks. It’s your companies multi-level marketing scheme and profiteering off of non-provable and unsubstantiated claims and statements that truly sucks.
November 23 at 4:36pm · Like
Taylor Simon I would be more than happy to explore some of the supposed science behind what you and your company are claiming. Interestingly, I was unable to find any actual journal citations or specific health information from a reputable source on your page or the companies website.
If you could provide some peer reviewed and medically accepted evidence that your products do what they say and are better than other products on the market, please, do post those.
Otherwise you are just another huckster out to make a buck off playing into peoples desire to lose weight. And our members and fans are way too smart to fall prey to that sham.
November 23 at 4:40pm · Like
What are the benefits? How do the products affect energy metabolism, glycogen storage, muscle protein synthesis at these intervals during an exercise session? Do the products have the same effect on different types of exercise – ie aerobic, glycoliytic centered, anaerobic, or high intensity?
November 23 at 4:45pm · Like
Donna Johnston what I sent is not just a video , click on product, science and there are several drop down menus . This product is the raw coaco bean, acai berry and blue berrie xovita blend belgium chocolate cold pressed the highest food in antioxidants and the only product on the market with polyphenols. There is no sugar , sweetened with raw cane juice and fruits, no waxes or perservatives. It is the Flavinoid clss of antioxidants and the polyphenols that pocess the potent free radical fighting abilities that helps reduce inflammation, improves and relaxes blood vessels to give us more energy, and recovery.We are medical journals and backed by Health Canada and tested by Brunswick Labs, In Dr white pages.
November 23 at 4:59pm · Like
Taylor Simon Raw cane juice and and fruit are sugar – just and FYI – glucose and fructose.
November 23 at 8:41pm · Like
Taylor Simon Those free radicals are present in all cocoa containing products
November 23 at 8:42pm · Like
Taylor Simon Not sure what ‘we are medical journals’ means, you may want to check your grammar there
November 23 at 8:43pm · Like
Taylor Simon Your company is NOT backed by health Canada
November 23 at 8:43pm · Like
Taylor Simon I am not refuting the efficacy of the product – I am slamming the fact that you are a multi-level marketing scheme
November 23 at 8:44pm · Like
Taylor Simon And – you still have not provided peer reviewed research citations concerning the efficacy of your product
November 23 at 8:45pm · Like
Taylor Simon And you are not the only product on the market containing polyphenols – might want to check your facts there – not sure if you have heard of berries, vegetables, red wine, fruit, or grains – but all of those foods contain polyphenols –
November 23 at 8:49pm · Like · 3
Donna Johnston You are absolutly correct they do have polyphenols separatley however not in at the levels as our product you would have to eat 6.5 lbs of tomatoes, or 1.6 lbs of spinach and …… a day. Do you know what an ORAC score is? Medical Journals example the Dr white pages, the Amerian Journal of Bariatric Medicine etc, I could keep going on however I don’t think you are really interested in hearing about the health benefits of this product , and discussing on Facebook is not the place to dicuss, and yes on the back of our products Health Canada have allowed us to print all of our findings which not be allowed withour their backing. If you would like to discuss further book an appt with us.
November 24 at 9:31am · Like
Taylor Simon You opened the discussion on OUR business wall, hence the onus is on you to substantiate your claims.
Would love to see some of the nutrient breakdowns of which products contain these levels of polyphenols. If you could post the nutrient label we could take a look at these to compare. I am very aware of ORAC scores, yes.
November 24 at 1:43pm · Like
Taylor Simon What you need to try and understand, and I think you are missing the point, is that I am not debating the health benefits of cocoa. That is well researched.
You DO NOT need to eat CHOCOLATE in order to experience these benefits. Chocolate is simply a delivery system for the cocoa. Your products carry cocoa, which is good for you, they also contain high levels of fat and sugar, which are not.
November 24 at 1:46pm · Like
Taylor Simon Facebook is a fantastic place to discuss these things. A fully public and open forum. If you can’t handle discussing the details of your product in an open place you shouldn’t be trying to hawk those products in an open place.
Be prepared to defend the claims you have made.
At this point you have not done this at all. You claimed your products contain no sugar – yet they do. How do you explain the discrepancy between your claim and the facts?
November 24 at 1:49pm · Like
Taylor Simon If you carefully read the cited research on your website, which I have, you will note a few things.
Cocoa is healthy. I fully agree with this. It is a great product.
Chocolate has not been shown to benefit or aid in weight loss. Cocoa has been in some studies, but not chocolate. You must recognize that you are discussing two different things here.
Your company has no peer reviewed scientific findings. You cite a few studies as reference, however they are not your studies. So you may be allowed to print the results of those, which would be approved.
November 24 at 1:54pm · Like
Taylor Simon Now, you claim your products are Health Canada approved. This is another example of how seedy companies like yours misconstrue data in order to scam people.
If you take a quick internet stroll over to the Health Canada website and check for your product as an approved NHP (Natural Health Product) you will find that no Xocai products are actually approved by health Canada.
Here is the link if you would like to check for yourself: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/index-eng.php
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November 24 at 2:06pm · Like ·
Taylor Simon To further this, if you visit the MXI Corp website, which is the parent company for Xocai products you will find the following quote – “Are the Xoçai™ products and MXI Corp™ approved by health Canada?
MXI Corp™ products are currently pending review by health Canada, and are not health Canada approved.”
Again, if you would like to check this for yourself,http://www.mxicorp.com/support/compliance.php
• Loaded With Antioxidants That Fight Free Radicals*• Helps Provide Natural Ener…See More
November 24 at 2:09pm · Like ·
Taylor Simon So now you have made numerous statements about your product, each of which I have refuted with evidence from the scientific community, your own business websites, and government websites.
Are there any other claims you would like to make?
The FACTS are this: your product is simply a chocolate bar, like any other. They contain cocoa which is good for you, however, it isn’t your products, it is the cocoa.
In the future I would recommend doing a little background research before believing wholeheartedly the propaganda created by a MLM company.
November 24 at 2:13pm · Like · 1
Mike Sweeney Preach on, Taylor!
November 24 at 2:15pm · Unlike · 1
Taylor Simon As I originally mentioned, until you began making claims, nothing I said was concerning the health efficacy of cocoa. I simply think that multi-level marketing companies prey on individuals who just don’t know better. They make a lot of claims that sound magnificent which are stretched of scientific evidence and moral ethics.
Once the pool of prospects dry up they move on to the next company, make some more dollars on the backs of the unsuspecting all over again.
November 24 at 2:17pm · Like · 1
Taylor Simon Now, if you want to have even more fun that will also add some credence to my argument, let’s take a look at the founders of your company.
Jeanette Brooks is one of two founders. She started with her first MLM company way back in 1982 after completing her school in speech pathology and spending years as a teacher. Since 1982 she has run 5 MLM companies and gone bankrupt more than once.
Here is her official bio: http://www.mxicorp.com/jeanette/
Jeanette earned her degree in Speech Pathology at Brigham Young University. She …See More
November 24 at 2:20pm · Like ·
Jeanette earned her degree in Speech Pathology at Brigham Young University; she …See More
November 24 at 2:20pm · Like ·
doesn’t have the same scam artist background as Jeanette, however, I am unsure how his Business Administration degree and Spanish degree in any way make him an expert in health and health products.
How to run an MLM business, however, might be right up his alley….
Andrew earned two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Business Administration and another…See More
November 24 at 2:25pm · Like ·
Donna Johnston again, our product has the Backing of Health Canada proven by the information that we are allowed to put on our boxes. I think your issue is that you disapprove of MLM which is unfortunate , personally I’m only here for the Health benefits and I don’t care to have a discussion with you any more . I don’t appreciate you referring to this as a scam or what you have said about Jeanette Brooks. MLM is the place to be today , we have the product and the Market and THE COMPANY.
November 24 at 4:12pm · Like
Taylor Simon I didn’t say anything about the founder – just posted her track record.
November 24 at 5:07pm · Like
Taylor Simon I am open to learning about health Canada backing your products – please, could you send me that information!
November 24 at 5:08pm · Like
Taylor Simon No, I don’t like MLM – place to be today? It isn’t anything new – they have been around for 30 years
November 24 at 5:09pm · Like
Taylor Simon If you would like to send some actual information instead of simple propaganda, please feel free.
November 24 at 5:10pm · Like
Drew Bechtel Donna, I think the part that your missing is that your products claims and the nutritional structure of it don’t add up to making it a healthy product. I personally went to the products site and looked up the nutritional information for the chocolate and then compared it to a chocolate bar you would get at a convenience store. For 3 of your “nuggets” you get 9 grams of sugar, 5 grams of saturated fat and very little (2 grams) protein. Keep in mind that’s for 1 serving, which could be miniscule in size. If people love your product so much, for all we know they could be eating 3 servings worth or more, turning your product into a glorified candy bar. Protein bars often have less than these amounts of bad fats and around the same sugar content, and a heck of a lot more protein to support muscle recovery and growth, however people have jumped on board to thinking that they can often be unhealthy for you. It doesn’t matter if your product contains acai or blueberry powder, that doesn’t eliminate the fact your products have high amounts of saturated fats and sugar and are probably very likely to be over indulged in. Anti oxidants aren’t a life preserver that will come save you from the other effects of your chocolates. You say your only there for the health benefits. I can give you a much better heath benefit. It’s called learning more about nutritional labels and what your putting in your body. Example: The video that you posted was for a protein shake, yet your advertising your chocolates as if they have the same nutritional benefits. They don’t. One is a protein shake and the other is chocolate. The other thing about the video is that they tell you to make the other meals healthy. If people were making their meals healthy already and having any sort of protein shake they would most likely not need your shake in the first place. Also your products only focus on weight.. Weight and BMI are not always accurate descriptions of health. It look like non of the participants have gained muscle like Taylored training’s clients have, which btw has also been prove to burn fat. The saddest thing about this Donna, is that you seem to know much more about business than you do about health and fitness. And I can guarantee you care much more about trying to score a 3 week cruise than you do about the potential health of the people you are advertising your chocolate and other products to.