This is my kind of study! New research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has found that people who eat a small amount of chocolate are thinner than those who eat chocolate less often.
Although this study did not specify the type of chocolate, cocoa (which is most present in dark chocolate) is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids, which help fight inflammation, lower blood pressure and improve overall vascular function.
According to lead author Beatrice Golomb, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California-San Diego, the antioxidants also affect metabolism and improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance contributes to hypertension and obesity.
“The chocolate provided better metabolism for all calories, not just the chocolate calories.”
However, before you starting packing away the candy bars in hopes of keeping weight at bay, keep in mind that most of them contain at least 200 calories, tons of sugar and are made with milk chocolate (little or no cocoa). Limit chocolate to one ounce of dark chocolate per day. For those of you who aren’t dark chocolate fans, here is a tip. Start with one that has a lower percentage of cocoa, like 55%, and let the piece of chocolate melt a little on your tongue. As you acquire a taste for dark, then you can experiment with richer and stronger chocolate.
The need for clean water hardly requires explanation. Everyone has an inherent understanding of the value of uncontaminated water for drinking, cooking and washing.
Beyond the obvious benefits of clean water for every day living, medical experts have validated some important health benefits, as well.
Here are five important reasons why clean water is good for your health as well as the environment, as reported by David Freeman in Reader’s Digest.
1) Reduced risk of stroke: good hydration in your body reduces the chance of blood clots forming, thereby offering protection against the possibility of a stroke
2) Lowered risk of heart disease: Medical research suggests that drinking five glasses of water per day cuts the risk of fatal heart attack by 50% in men.
3) Fewer kidney stones: Passing a kidney stone is no fun. In fact it is usually quite painful. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep stones from forming by maintaining a high level of dilution in your urinary tract. Continue reading “6 Health Benefits from Clean Water”
Just the other day, I was in the dairy section at the grocery store trying to buy regular sour cream. Not surprisingly, I found it to be a mental challenge. Low-Fat Sour Cream. Skim Fat Sour Cream. 1% Sour Cream. Full Fat Sour Cream? I finally found one sandwiched in the back shelf. This experience only reconfirmed what I had already known: our society has an obsession with low-fat foods. You don’t have to be a nutritionist to express your aversion to fats. “I don’t eat butter – it’s too much fat.” Or, “I’m trying to keep my cholesterol down, so I avoid eggs.” But how did this begin? Were fatty foods always the villain from the beginning of mankind? If one wants the answer, they have to not only be willing to look back to history, but be daring enough to read between its lines…
In an effort to decrease the consumption of soft drinks and other such sugary drinks, a proposed soda tax is in the works. The idea is that these types of empty calorie beverages provide nothing beneficial health-wise and can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, all huge problems in the United States. So do you think that paying more for a soft drink will curb people’s love for those fizzy, sweet beverages? Will people start switching to water and fruit juices instead? Here is a clip from the Today Show about the new Soda Tax.