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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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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Controlling Risk For Prediabetes May Prevent Cancer

Controlling Risk For Prediabetes May Prevent Cancer

New research provides an important new reason why a healthy lifestyle is key to preventing many chronic and potentially fatal diseases. While it has long been known that people with a condition known as impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or “prediabetes” are at risk for type 2 diabetes, scientists have now discovered that prediabetes also increases the risk of cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), being diagnosed with prediabetes means the amount of glucose in a person’s blood is higher than normal – but this blood sugar, as it is also called, isn’t high enough to result in a diagnosis of diabetes. Over time, too much glucose in the blood can damage the body, leading to type 2 diabetes and raising the risk for heart disease and stroke. A recent study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) has also revealed that several types of cancers are associated with prediabetes, …

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