Are Valentine’s Chocolates a Health Food?

With Valentine's day approaching, the chocolate confectioners have a happy smile on their faces! Most people love chocolate. But is it really a health food? Some studies suggest it may have benefits due to the antioxidants and flavanoids it contains. However, milk chocolate and Dutch chocolate have none of these health-giving benefits. We must not forget the…

Read MoreLong right arrow

The Truth About Caffeine

The information available on caffeine these days is very confusing. Some sources advocate caffeine drinks as “energy” drinks. Some recommend caffeinated drinks but suggest avoiding the “additives” in caffeinated drinks – sugar, fat, vitamins, and amino acids. Others claim that caffeine is addictive with nasty side-effects. Others condemn caffeine in all forms and for all…

Read MoreLong right arrow

The Strength of Evidence

Most of us love the taste of chocolates! In recent months we have been reading headlines that indicate chocolate may help prevent various diseases, and most recently, lower weight. To many this seems like a dream come true! Could it be that something as high in calories, fat, and sugar could really be good for us?True,…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Is Chocolate Heart-Healthy?

A meta-analysis of seven observational studies with 115,000 adult participants compared the lowest level of chocolate consumption with the highest intakes. Those eating the most had nearly a one-third decrease in risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. The authors caution that most forms of chocolate contain high amounts of fat and sugar, and more esperimental…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Chocolate: Friend or Foe?

Chocolate has been getting a lot of good press lately.A study of 931 adults seems to rain on the idea that "chocolate improves mood". This University of California-San Diego research has found that people who are depressed are more likely to eat chocolate, and the more depressed they are, the more chocolate they eat. The…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Mood Food: Is Chocolate Really Good for You?

Chocolate has been a hot topic - even in scientific literature - for a long time! Now a study of more than 900 men and women has found that those who screened positive for depression ate more chocolate (8.4 servings per month vs. 5.4 servings) than those without depression.People with more severe depression consumed even more…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Chocolate Consumption May Lower Mortality After First Heart Attack.

Is chocolate really good for you? A recently published study seems to lend credibility to that claim. Investigators of the Stockholm Heart Epidemiology Program have reported that self-reported chocolate consumption in non--diabetics had a strong inverse association with cardiac mortality following a first acute myocardial infarction when compared with those never eating chocolate. The most…

Read MoreLong right arrow