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Chocolates not for Pets

Chocolates not for Pets

It’s a given fact that we all love chocolates. It is natural tendency to share what we love with our loved ones, be it our family, friends or even our pets. Dogs are one of the most common pets we have around us. In fact, some of us treat them like our family member, feeding them and sharing our food with them. Dogs love chocolates, not only the taste but its scent too. Unlike cats that cannot sense the sweetness in a food, dogs can and they eventually develop an attraction to anything they find delicious (just like us humans). But, did you know that feeding these yummy confections to your loved pets can complicate their health or even worse, lead to their death?

Ask any Vets and they can tell you that chocolate poisoning is one of the most common cases of canine poisoning. Since chocolates are something almost every other house has lying around in it, in kitchens, dining tables, cupboards, refrigerators, etc., dogs easily fall prey to it even without the knowledge of its owners. The problem is magnified because anything even remotely containing some chocolate in it like an ice cream, a biscuit, a cookie or a cake can be lethal to a dog’s system even if it consumes a very small amount of it.

When can I know something is wrong?

The early symptoms can be vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness and hyperactivity along with frequent urination. A few advanced symptoms can be arrhythmia and muscle twitching. If such symptoms in your dog are still ignored without taking it to a doctor, it can lead to hyperthermia, high blood pressure, rapid increase in heart rate, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest and continuous seizures. Ultimately, it would lead to coma and finally death.

Why is chocolate a dog poison?

It turns out that the poisoning occurs due to the presence of a naturally occurring substance, Theobromine that is found in almost every chocolate. Theobromine is actually very similar to caffeine. This is found in the coca bean plant called Theobroma cocoa. The bean from this plant is used to make chocolate. Theobromine is found more in dark chocolates. It can be said that the darker the chocolate, more the Theobromine in it. Now comes the complication-dogs love dark chocolate more than us. Milk chocolate is found to be the least dangerous type of chocolate. Theobromine affects the central nervous system and the respiratory system of the dog ultimately affecting the heart of the dog and leading to epileptic seizures. Theobromine is ingested slowly by the digestive system of a dog. So, the dangerous substance stays for longer inside the system and the effects last longer.

How can I treat my dog once I realize it has been poisoned?

Always keep an emergency first aid kit consisting of an activated charcoal substance, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide or syrup of ipecac. These substances would also be helpful in tackling many other varieties of plant and chemical toxins.

Activated charcoal is available in the form of tablets, powder or in liquid form. The charcoal actually prevents the poison from being processed by the digestion system and prevents the poison from being absorbed into pet’s blood stream. The charcoal needs to be administered at the earliest since it can serve to deactivate the ill-effects of the poison at the earliest.

But, before you administer the charcoal, you must induce vomiting for which Hydrogen Peroxide comes in handy. Keep giving a dosage of Hydrogen Peroxide every fifteen minutes till your dog vomits.

Preventive Measures:

Be highly vigilant with your dog when you prepare chocolate at home or during any parties/birthdays since it is during these times that chocolates are found more often and in large quantities. If you store chocolates in cupboards or refrigerators, be sure to lock them up.

Learn to refuse feeding chocolate in any form to your dog and be strict with it in this matter. They will eventually learn to ignore the scent and the taste of chocolate as something that cannot and should not be had.

Cats too?

It is not only dogs but cats can also get poisoned by Theobromine. Since cats do not eat chocolates in large quantities and do not have chocolates often, chocolate poisoning in cats is not seen as a comparatively big issue.

How much Theobromine is dangerous?

The amount of Theobromine that can cause poisoning depends on the body weight of the creature. So, for smaller dogs/cats, even small amounts of caffeine or Theobromine can cause deterioration of their health. While, a bigger cat/dog can resist small amounts of chocolate (theobromine), it can still fall prey to large amounts of the same.

Final Word:

Although chocolates have been found to have ill effects on our pets, it has no such effects on humans since our bodily systems are different from those of our pets. Many inexperienced dog owners are still unaware of the potential ill effects of chocolates on dogs and cats. We request you please share this useful piece of information with your near and dear ones, your neighbours, classmates, colleagues and everyone else you know and also on social media in order to spread this message.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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CHOCOLATE Food of the Gods

In the spring of 2004, a woman walked into Woolworth with a yearning for chocolate and walked out with 10,000 Mars bars. In April of the same year, a man in the throes of a late-night craving shot a sales clerk who would not exchange his expired bag of chocolates. One month later, a small town’s police department started handing out chocolate bars to late-night bar-goers as a new “weapon for deterring drunks” from violent outbreaks. Throughout the USA, Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend packages – replete with chocolate spa treatments and tastings – entice consumers. The Hotel Hershey has even opened a special spa where men and women can have their dreams fulfilled – to be covered from head to toe in melted chocolate with treatments such as whipped cocoa baths, chocolate hydrotherapy, chocolate bean polishes, and chocolate fondue wraps.

Surprising? Yes and no. The taste and aroma of chocolate can tempt even the most disciplined among us. But, why do we feel such a passion for chocolate? What makes chocolate so seductive? The simple answer is that it tastes great and makes us feel good. But, what is it in chocolate that makes us feel so good, that drives us to crave and in some cases become addicted?

Chocolate has always been considered unique among foods. From its historical use as a sacred substance up to its prominence today as the food of romance, celebration, and indulgence, it has always held a special place in society. We do not classify chocolate as part of any of the four basic plant groups of food (whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and legumes). Nor do we call it a drug. But curiously, chocolate has properties of both. Ask chocolate lovers to define chocolate, however, and they will describe it as “the love drug,” “the eighth wonder,”“the food of the gods,” “a wicked pleasure,” and “the secret drug of happiness.”

The combined psychological and pharmacological effects of chocolate have been a topic of increasing interest among nutritional scientists who are now localizing in the body and brain the sites where chocolate acts, and identifying the precise compounds involved.

Chocolate’s unique characteristics, including its sensory properties, pharmacologically active compounds, and drug-like effects on the brain and behaviour have been studied extensively. However, the exact reason for the unique magnetism of chocolate, particularly among women, has not yet been established. The sensory reward of chocolate, shaped by its pharmacological properties and cognitive effects, is an exceptionally potent force and appears to be the predominant factor contributing to chocolate’s noble status. It is becoming clear, however, that chocolate is not just a delicious food that represents romance, love, and celebration. Rather, chocolate is a cocktail of pharmacological agents hidden within a sweet, velvety, and, to many if not all, irresistible dessert that has the potential to induce drug-like effects on the body and the mind.

Lotus chocolates use state-of-the-art machinery and supreme quality cocoa to produce their world renowned chocolate products. Now in fact there are many customers from abroad order large gift packs from Lotus Chocolates. Lotus chocolates provides for all your chocolate cravings, and after what we have learnt lately about chocolates, who can resist?

Log onto: http://www.lotuschocolate.com/ and indulge yourself.

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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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What is this thing about chocolate?

You crave it. I crave it. We all crave it. I’m talking chocolate, a food that’s in a category by itself. (You crave butterscotch? Then find yourself another web page — just kidding…).But what’s so special about chocolate? Why do lovers send a chocolate heart for Valentine’s Day, instead of, say vanilla cookies or strings of licorice? Not everyone needs a reason to eat chocolate. But it’s always nice to know there are valid health reasons that support this pleasure. Even then, it’s no excuse to understand which type of chocolate has the most health benefits value.

It seems that chocolate, like coffee and tea, has an unusual capacity to interact with brain chemistry. There can’t be too much of a good thing, if the good thing is chocolate.  There are few other foods that evoke the sort of response chocolate does. It is often the stuff memories are made of-a heart-shaped box of chocolate candies for Valentine’s Day, a comforting cup of steaming hot chocolate on a cold winter night, a frosted chocolate cupcake and a glass of milk after school, the joy of a large scoop of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce dripping down its sides. Sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, always enticingly smooth and gratifying. So here is Lotus chocolates which use state-of-the-art machinery and supreme quality cocoa to produce their world renowned chocolate products. Lotus chocolates provide hampers for all special occasions whether it be a birthday, anniversary or even if you want to just treat yourself during this holiday season! These chocolates always come with a guarantee of quality, consistency and taste. Book one today and spread the love! Lotus chocolates offer a collection of exquisite hand crafted chocolates for every occasion. To celebrate the birth of a child or a wedding, Diwali or Christmas Lotus chocolates has the answer.

In the meantime, grab a bar for yourself and a box for your Valentine

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Life is sweeter with chocolate. :)

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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No more waiting!!

These are a few of my favourite things…. many adults today would remember the anticipation felt when waiting for someone to come from abroad with a suitcase full of foreign chocolates.  One would be waiting months, lie awake late nights waiting for their relatives to arrive so that they can devour the lovely treats. Slowly. Nibble by nibble, one would try to stretch the pleasure of eating these drops of heaven. Children back then would often eat one or even half a day and try to prolong the ecstasy in order to relish every morsel of it. One would often catch children hiding these chocolates under their beds or deep inside their study tables so that their siblings, sometimes even parents would not find it!

Though we have always had home grown and domestic chocolates, their imported counterparts were considered superior in every aspect being considered. They were beautifully sculptured; the aroma was unique and mostly importantly tasted like nothing in the world (wonderful). It came in different shapes and sizes and with many unique flavours and fillings. The reason being the superior and alternate knowledge, methodology and the technology these chocolate makers possessed. 

Having said that, today we need not wait any longer to get our hands on such a bar as it can be ordered online at www.lotuschocolates.com

Lotus chocolates use state-of-the-art machinery and supreme quality cocoa to produce their world renowned chocolate products. Now in fact there are many customers from abroad order large gift packs from Lotus Chocolates.

Order your gift hamper today, this Festival season, at www.lotuschocolates.com and bring a smile to those you love. Happy Holidays!

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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Chocolates: The best way to celebrate Festivals

It is finally here, after all the waiting, that time of year. That part of the year where we get some time off from study and work to spend with our loved ones and celebrate our favourite festivals. Members of all age groups look forward to this season as an excuse to make time to bond with family and friends. 

For us Indians, sweets are a – must for all auspicious and joyous occasions. Sweets are often even offered to the Gods and Goddesses in an attempt to please them. Giving out sweets is a gesture depicting peace and joy. Those who want to share their happiness with others, distribute sweets as gifts.

In the past, people used to give out nuts and sweets to each other in order to spread the happiness during festive seasons. Slowly and steadily, chocolates have found their way into these celebrations. It is most often seen making an appearance during Diwali and Christmas.

In between all the lights and loud cheer, one will always see children and adults a-like exchange gift hampers filled with sweets, mainly comprising of chocolates.

Nowadays you will also see many of the popular Diwali sweets such as cashew barfi, kajukatli, peda, and halwas all available in their own chocolate flavours. So much so, now celebrations seem almost incomplete without the presence of a box of chocolates. Can you even imagine a Christmas without Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Log cake?

This shows the present role chocolates play in our festivities and lives. Lotus Chocolate is in the business of spreading joy. They offer a wide range of gifting options for any occasion. To find out more log on to www.lotuschocolate.com.

Lotus chocolates provide hampers for all special occasions whether it be a birthday, anniversary or even if you want to just treat yourself during this holiday season! These chocolates always come with a guarantee of quality, consistency and taste. Book one today and spread the love!

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“Chocolate” a symbol of Joy

Chocolates. You have got to love em. All the varieties whether Dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate, all are available with fillings like nuts, liquor even artificial flavors like coffee, caramel and marzipan. They are and always will be a symbol of love and togetherness.

The scientific name for cocoa is Theobroma cacao derived from the Greek words ‘Theos’ and ‘broma’ which translates to ‘Food of the Gods’, and what better gift from the gods than a fruit which brings people together.

It is said that eating chocolate is one of the most pleasurable things in the world. It takes two to four days to make a single serving chocolate bar but a mere moment to enjoy it.

Chocolates are probably one of the most popular gifts for children and adults alike. They are great for all occasions. It may be an informal yet personal gift.

In India, during special occasions and festivals, many present each other with boxes of sweets. Chocolates have slowly found their way into these traditions as well. Whether it is a Birthday, Valentine’s Day or Christmas, chocolates are a must. Chocolates bring people together, whether it be new beginnings or re-building old relationships.

Back in the day, Spanish royalty even presented cacao cakes in their dowries when two families were brought together in holy matrimony.

Lotus chocolates offer a collection of exquisite hand crafted chocolates for every occasion. To celebrate the birth of a child or a wedding, Diwali or Christmas Lotus chocolates has the answer.

For those of you who want to express your feelings to a loved one, what better way than to present them with an assortment of the finest quality dark or rich white chocolate?

To know more, contact Lotus customized gifting personnel at
Phone no: 0091-40-23352607/08/09 or
Fax no. 0091-40-23352610 or
Email gifting@lotuschocolate.com

You can also log on to http://www.lotuschocolates.com to find out more about your favourite chocolates.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Chocolate for your Health!

Chocolate over ages has always been labeled as an ‘unhealthy’ food item, but eaten in moderation can prove to easily fit into a healthy, balanced diet.

It has often been associated with obesity and acne. Many believe that chocolates can even trigger migraines. However, not ALL chocolates are the same. Thanks to chemicals found naturally in cocoa, certain chocolates are considered ‘healthy’. Of course it isn’t a guilt free pass to the candy store! Yet it is important to realize that with a higher concentration of cocoa there is a proportional increase in the health benefits of the treat. Chocolate not only improves mood and releases ‘feel good’ hormones – endorphins but also is known to reduce blood pressure, especially dark chocolate which has larger amount of calories but lesser sugar content than milk and white chocolate.

Despite people’s beliefs, chocolate actually contains surprisingly small amounts of caffeine, almost the same as a cup of decaf (decaffeinated coffee) would have. However it does contain Theobromine which is a much less powerful relative of caffeine.

Cocoa contains high levels of anti-oxidants called ‘flavanols’. The same anti-oxidant found in Green Tea and Red Wine. Anti-oxidants help rid the body of free radicals. Anti-oxidants attach to free radicals and carry them into the body through digestion and other means. Dark Chocolate has one of the highest concentrations of anti-oxidants as compared to Prunes, Blackberries, Blueberries, Raisins, Strawberries, Spinach even Broccoli (Source: Data from US Department of Agriculture and the Journal of the American Chemical Society). Chocolate also contains stearic acid which increases levels of HDL – the ‘good’ cholesterol.

Research is being conducted to show that flavanols, present in dark chocolate can help reduce the risk of auto immune diseases such as arthritis. Cocoa is being used for cancer research as well.

Much is being said about the adverse effects of chocolate, but as we see from above, it is in fact a not-so-guilty pleasure 

Lotus chocolates provides for all your chocolate cravings, and after what we have learnt lately about chocolates, who can resist?
Log onto: http://www.lotuschocolate.com/ and indulge yourself.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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