Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Is Chocolate A New Health Food?


Could it be possible that our beloved chocolate may actually be good for us? This is the nutrition news we have all been waiting for. So here is the scoop on chocolate and its health benefits. Yes, you read right, health benefits!

Recent studies show that cocoa and dark chocolate with a high cocoa content contain many heart-healthy antioxidants. They contain a compound called flavonoids which may help prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels in the blood. There is also some evidence that these flavonoids may prevent certain cancers.

It is important that we are all on the same page here, not all chocolate have these health benefits. The healthy flavonoids found in chocolate are found in the cocoa butter and cocoa solids. Milk chocolate is diluted with milk and sugar and contains little amounts of these substances, therefore providing fewer health benefits. So, for those of you who love dark chocolate this is your lucky day! The darker the chocolate, the higher the cocoa content and the more antioxidants it contains. The quality of the chocolate you consume is also important. The cocoa butter is quite pricey so less expensive brands will replace the cocoa butter with milk fats and hydrogenated oils which are bad for our health. Look for high quality chocolates with their main ingredients being cocoa butter and cocoa solids. Unsweetened cocoa powder is one of the purest forms of chocolate you can eat and is lower in fat and calories than other chocolates.

Although this is great news for all chocolate lovers, don't forget that most chocolate (unless you use unsweetened cocoa powder) does still contain sugar and saturated fat.

And please remember calories. An ounce of chocolate contains around 135 calories. So enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or an ounce of chocolate once in awhile to contribute to your health and not to your waistline!

Owner of Real Living Nutrition Services, Meri Raffetto is a recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness. She has received a bachelor's degree in both nutrition and psychology and has extensive experience in nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy. She offers individual nutrition counseling and has developed one of the only non-diet online weight management programs available on the internet. Meri specializes in weight management, cardiovascular health, and sports nutrition and consults with professional athletes at Titan Sports Performance Center. Her practice includes teaching people how to eat for endurance, improve vitality, and lose weight healthfully. For more information visit http://www.reallivingnutrition.com


MORE RESOURCES:

Official: Miss. ready for school nutrition standards
Hattiesburg American
Mississippi's Statewide Purchasing Cooperative helped the state negotiate lower prices for nutritious foods, avoiding the struggle other states have gone through serving meals that meet new federal standards, Scott Clements, child nutrition director ...
Gillibrand: Hold firm on school-lunch nutrition standardsRochester Democrat and Chronicle
Senate hearing debates school nutrition standardsBaking Business (registration)
Senators debate need for more flexible school meal rulesAgri-Pulse
Education Week News (blog) -Feedstuffs
all 10 news articles »


New York Times (blog)

A Dietitian Who Won't Oversell Nutrition to Her Kids
New York Times (blog)
When I had my first job as a nutrition counselor I believed that telling people which foods were good for them would automatically transform their eating. But it didn't. In fact, most of them already knew what they should eat. More times than I can ...



4 issues that matter in nutrition
Devex
Nutrition is everybody's business. Although individuals and their families ultimately decide on what they eat, it is the government that rules on what is safe and healthy to consume, the farmers who grow crops, and businesses that process these crops ...

and more »


ThinkProgress

Nutrition Experts Fight To Prevent GOP From Rolling Back Healthy School ...
ThinkProgress
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to set nutritional standards for food sold and distributed in schools, established local farm-to-school networks, and expanded access to healthy lunch to ...
During Kids Eat Right Month and Every Day, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ...Newswise (press release)

all 3 news articles »


New York Times

Ackman Goes After Herbalife's Nutrition Clubs
ABC News
In a three-hour presentation in New York, Ackman's focused on Herbalife's "nutrition clubs," private settings where Herbalife distributors sell the company's products — such as weight-loss shakes — and recruit new members. Ackman laid out a case that ...
Bill Ackman Slams Herbalife's Nutrition Clubs: 'It's a Pyramid Scheme'DailyFinance
Ackman: Herbalife's Nutrition Club Is 'Total Fraud'Bloomberg

all 428 news articles »


5 ways to deliver nutrition through cash crop standards
Devex
Nutrition security is an essential part of improving farmer livelihoods. As such, a number of delivery channels within the agricultural system have been identified to reach farming families that suffer from malnutrition in developing countries. While ...



How the EU stepped up its game on nutrition
Devex
EuropeAid has programs all over the world that deal with sustainable and equitable food security measures including the Scaling Up Nutrition movement that aims to improve global nutrition. Photo by: EuropeAid. Over the years, my work for EuropeAid has ...

and more »


The nexus of agriculture and nutrition
Devex
Integrating nutrition and agricultural assistance for small-holder farmers can help improve the health of families in the developing world. Photo by: Fintrac. There are no magic bullets in development, though there are often trends that are mistaken ...



Change the storyline to get nutrition to 'stick'
Devex
Kaltoum Adam Imam collects millet in Saluma Area, near al-Fashir in northern Darfur. In areas where food is scarce, like this one in Sudan, nutrition programs can be as desperately needed as they are hard to implement. Photo by: Albert Gonzalez Farran ...



Nutrition and health: The opportunity cost of opportunities lost
Devex
A strong nutrition foundation is essential for building a strong immune system. It is also the starting point of any effective health system. With child mortality rates still unacceptably high and malnutrition such a significant contributor to these ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.