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Dark chocolate’s beneficial deeds

This looks like pleasant news for chocolate-loving endurance jocks.

I have previously written about raw cacao powder which seems a similarly good addition to the diet. I include it in my morning smoothie.

What are the benefits of raw cacao – Infographic

How and why you should add raw cacao to your diet

Also, Why should I eat more dark chocolate?



Focus on food safety

Only dark chocolate is beneficial to health (Photo: André Karwath) There are several different varieties of chocolate (Photo: André Karwath)

Having dealt with hazards in food during a lifetime, it is always nice to be able to look at the benefit side. We all need good news stories. However, even good news stories can be deceptive. There is much fuss made over what is called superfoods, while the overall diet is more important. And scientists test individual food components in isolation reporting highly beneficial effects in unrealistic animal experiments that have no relevance to real life. Resveratrol that can be found in red wine is supposed to be heart protective, but will require daily consumption of many bottles of wine to reach an effective dose.

But dark chocolate seems to be the real thing with normal consumption amounts sufficient to be beneficial to health.

Not all chocolates are the same

Chocolate is made from cocoa solids (cacao), mixed with fat (cocoa butter) and finely powdered sugar to produce…

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Exercise OR Red Wine: For Most, Not A Difficult Choice!

I just ran across this and thought you would enjoy it… maybe learn something, too. Perhaps, I should expand my mantra of eat less, move more, live longer to include drink less, too.

You might want to take a look at my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and exercise benefits).


All About Healthy Choices

8100_9x12_WeekendWorkout_RED_COTT__12332.1420814220.600.600That is right! You now have a choice because “science” and “research” has once again proven an “equal” benefit to either one. One hour of physical exercise offers the SAME PHYSICAL BENEFITS as one glass of RED WINE! Hmmmmm…..

To achieve these potential benefits, however, one must be willing to compromise. You see, the benefits achieved in this study used RATS as subjects instead of humans. They were given quantities of resveratrol (the active healthful ingredient in red wine) equivalent to the average consumer drinking hundreds of glasses of wine per day. The benefits were also based on “athletic rats” (those physically trained prior to starting this research) compared to sedentary rats.

Interestingly, a human study on resveratrol was performed and published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism which resulted in the PLACEBO GROUP (the group given an innert {neutral} substance) achieving INCREASED physical fitness. The group given resveratrol showed

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Resveratrol in Red Wine, Chocolate, Grapes Not Associated with Improved Health

Because few people in the Chianti region take supplements, the study’s lead author, Dr. Richard Semba of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says the population provided a good way to study exactly what effect average amounts of resveratrol, found in a typical western diet, could have on health. “We expected to find at least something. But in regard to every single outcome, the results were negative,” he says of the findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Regardless of how much resveratrol, measured by its breakdown product in the urine, the participants had, their rates of heart disease, cancer, and early death were the same.

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The compound, which has been linked to longevity, lower risk of heart disease and cancer, may not be such a wonder agent after all

Sometimes, health experts make it easy for us. Drink moderate amounts of red wine! Eat grapes and chocolate! That’s a diet most of us can get behind. But exactly why these things are good for us can get lost in the headlines. Also confusing is the fact that just because a food contains a certain nutrient or antioxidant does not mean that nutrient is present in any therapeutic amount in a single serving of a food. Take resveratrol, a hyped antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes that has been called a fountain of youth. That’s great news for wine lovers, right?

Not so fast. Resveratrol is a polyphenol, part of the good-for-you family of antioxidants that fight cellular aging and tamp down inflammation. Antioxidants…

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Super Simple High Energy Snack – Mr. Lazy Cook

This is such a simple snack it can only be a Mr.Lazy Cook concoction. I previously wrote about my high energy de-caf coffee drink.

I use it occasionally as my first food of the day before I set out on my morning bike ride before sunrise.

Mr. Lazy Cook has since evolved into the following high energy snack that is instantaneous and utterly delicious – at least to me.

Because I ride my bike first thing in the morning, before I walk my dog, I don’t want to spend a lot of time on food prep. I started taking a heaping tablespoon of Peanut Butter as a mini-meal about a half hour before heading out.

The upgrade that pushed it into a high energy snack is that I now dip the tablespoon of peanut butter into my jar of virgin organic coconut oil. As a peanut butter lover, I find this snack to be fantastic.

Dr. Mercola says that coconut oil is easy on the digestive system and does not produce an insulin spike in your blood stream. It is immediately converted into energy instead of being stored as fat.

Keep in mind that when I get up in the morning, my body has been on at least an eight hour fast, so I need something that sticks to my ribs. I think the peanut butter in coconut oil is just the thing.

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