Friday, June 02, 2006

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

Wow! Who would have thunk it. The more they study and research chocolate, the more benefits they find for us. Hey, I could have told the smart Docs myself that one, without even having to do research, although a little research on chocolate isn't such a bad idea.

Before you take your next exam or tackle a big project at work, eat milk chocolate to help you work smarter.
Eating milk chocolate can improve your brain activity, according to a new study from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Led by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, the researchers found that milk chocolate had a positive impact on memory, attention span and reaction time.

I always ate a bag of m-m's while studying.

So now not only does it make you smart it helps with your health:

Savor that chocolate. It's not only delectable, but also can help control diabetes and high blood pressure. There's just one catch.It must be dark chocolate--not white. A team of researchers from the University of L'Aquila in Italy has found in a small study of 15 people that eating 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily for 15 days lowered blood pressure and improved the body's ability to metabolize sugar from food, report Reuters Health and the BBC News. That's better than a prescription medication any day! However, eating the same amount of white chocolate for the same period had no effect on either blood pressure or insulin sensitivity.

So those of you who are chocoholics you can now justify your eating the chocholate, but watch the trans fat. Also, consider Fair Trade chocolate while you are at it.
Here's some possibilities for Fair Trade Chocolate With decadently rich flavors, these chocolates come from organically grown cocoa in rainforests around the world. Through Fair Trade practices, these chocolates benefit cooperatives and small family farms, allowing for a commitment of social justice as you make a direct contribution to the livelihood of the farmers and workers. Try the Equal Exchange store.
Then try here the Divine Chocolate.

So go enjoy your chocolate for your brains and for your health.

1 comment:

Jody Harrington said...

Hey, hey! Thanks for the permission, nay--encouragement to eat my favorite thing. I'll check out the Fair Trade chocolate, too.