Chocolate Helpful Used As Antibacterial Drugs
The content of polyphenols in cocoa may be used outside the food. Cocoa can be used as antibacterial drugs that are beneficial to health.
Cocoa that has been discovered since prehistoric times in Latin America until the early 19th century, cacao is considered as the most exquisite food and beverage, improve stamina and vitality. Even at the time it, cocoa called the tio broma or food of the gods.
“Cocoa is only enjoyed by the nobility and the Spanish war hero then brought to Europe. So slowly to the health benefits of cocoa beans forgotten,” said Head of Research Center Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research reporters on the sidelines of a visit to the Research Center Coffee and Cocoa in Jember Indonesia, Friday (17/5).
In 1825 Nestle then add the milk chocolate with a delicious flavor. By the early 19th century to the health benefits of cocoa beans is getting forgotten.
Yet in 10 percent cocoa polyphenols contained far more than the polyphenols contained in green tea. Chocolate lovers do not have to worry, because the fat contained in cocoa does not have a negative impact and does not raise cholesterol, high air-antioxidant and antibacterial for the treatment of typhoid fever that has been clinically tested.
Coffee and Cocoa Research Center said although the new set as the leading center of science and technology in 2012, but has researched polyphenols since 2006.
“Polyphenols have a system modulator that makes the immune system and like binding protein. Puslit polyphenols is also being tested for bird flu drug,” he said.
He added, cocoa has many benefits. Approximately 50 percent of fat from cocoa beans used to manufacture both liquid lipstick. Mucus of cocoa can be made vinegar, alcohol and food thickeners.
Director of the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Center Teguh Wahyudi said puslit over the age of 100 years it has been established since January 1, 1911 as a center of excellence for science and technology have the vision and accomplishments with superior technology research, and advance the use of nano technology that has not been done other institutions.
“Coffee and Cocoa Research also conducts research nonfood uses. Polyphenols can be harnessed as antibakteria. Research on avian influenza was being developed with the University of Airlangga. Not impossible no active ingredient, an extract for people with bird flu,” he explained.