How to Eat Chocolate Without the Guilt

How to Eat Chocolate Without the Guilt

For many so-called chocoholics, there’s always an excuse to indulge in their favorite treat. Fortunately, enjoying chocolate doesn’t have to wait for a holiday and it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Research has shown chocolate can actually be a healthy food choice (for heart and brain health, especially) – if you don’t go overboard. The key is knowing what kind of chocolate is the healthiest and how much is too much. The Healthy and Not-So-Healthy Side of Chocolate While researchers are still looking into exactly what compounds in chocolate may promote good health, the findings so far should make chocolate lovers smile. Chocolate is made through an intricate process involving harvesting, fermenting and roasting cocoa beans – and cocoa appears to be the key to its health benefits. Scientists have found that cocoa flavonols, a distinct class of naturally occurring compounds called flavonoids found in plant-based foods, can positively influence the body’s vascular …

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Next Wellness Program Trend: Brain Training

Next Wellness Program Trend: Brain Training

Workplace-sponsored wellness programs have long zeroed in on healthy eating, smoking cessation and physical exercise. However, organizations are beginning to recognize the importance of brain health, too. An increasing number are now incorporating what is known as “brain fitness” and “brain training” into their benefits packages as an employment perk. A burgeoning industry that combines neuroscience research with technology, brain training uses online games, videos and interactive tools to assess and promote better memory and concentration while lowering stress levels. Proponents say these brain fitness approaches can help employees become more engaged in their work and increase productivity, too. A survey by SharpBrains, an independent market research firm and innovation think tank which helps businesses and individuals navigate the emerging brain fitness and applied neuroscience fields, estimates that the size of the world­wide brain health and fitness software market was $295,000,000 by 2009. Interest in the technology is growing steadily with the …

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More Reasons than Ever to Eat More Veggies

More Reasons than Ever to Eat More Veggies

As even the most die-hard meat lover knows, vegetables should be part of a healthy diet. Long known to be important sources of key nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C, veggies have been shown to lower the risk for several health problems, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Recently, however, scientists have found evidence that eating vegetables may potentially prevent some of the most serious and dreaded diseases – from heart disease to dementia. The key is to eat vegetables in abundance. You don’t have to become a vegetarian. Instead, consider choosing to be a pro-vegetarian. The Pro-Vegetarian Diet “A pro-vegetarian diet doesn’t make absolute recommendations about specific nutrients. It focuses on increasing the proportion of plant-based foods relative to animal-based foods, which results in an improved nutritionally balance diet,” said Camille Lassale, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at Imperial College London’s School of …

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