Chocolate

Why You Crave Dark Chocolate

If you feel like you're craving dark chocolate and find that it lifts your mood, you're not imaging it. British researchers have demonstrated that chocolate contains mind-altering chemicals that can actually stimulate your central nervous system and "make you feel young and in love." What Are the Mood…

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Apples on My Mind

…if you’re allergic to polyphenols? Warning signs include headache, an increase in heart rate, or a slight cough when you eat lot of apples (or chocolate for that matter, which is also rich in polyphenols). Over time, you may see other signs of food allergy, such as skin rashes. So, let’s see. Apples…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition with Dark Chocolate

…dark chocolate is part of healthy heart nutrition. Well, more recently, we've received some additional scientific data on the cardio-protective aspects of chocolates and cocoas. As early as 2000, Internal Medicine News featured three separate studies—all of which concluded that dark chocolate and cocoa…

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Dark Chocolate Can Be Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet

…benefits of dark chocolate, eaten in moderation of course. It can absolutely be part of a heart-healthy diet. Now, two new studies have cited even more chocolate-specific health perks for your heart. The Benefits of Dark Chocolate: It Helps to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally Eating dark chocolate (which is 65%…

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Chocolate and Your Heart

…, it seems like there is chocolate everywhere! And while too much sugar is never a good thing, it turns out that chocolate has some cardio-protective benefits. The April 15, 2000, Internal Medicine News featured three separate studies—all of which concluded that chocolate and cocoa might actually be…

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3 Holiday Foods You Can Eat in a Heart-Healthy Diet

…Dark Chocolate. Believe it or not, dark chocolate which contains 65% polyphenol-rich cocoa is one of the best desserts you can choose for a heart-healthy diet. It helps to lower blood pressure levels and helps to lower your risk of cardiometabolic disorders. In fact, research shows higher chocolate consumption…

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Eating Healthy Foods: Test Your Food IQ

…do. I love dark chocolate—60 percent or 70 percent cacao. It satisfies my sweet tooth. Plus, the polyphenols in the dark chocolate can protect your heart. Would I eat chocolate at every meal? Of course not. But having it a small amount a few times a week is perfectly okay. Now it’s your turn: How…

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Mood-Boosting Foods

If you crave chocolate when you’re stressed or feeling blue, and feel a noticeable difference after you eat it, you know first-hand that there is such a thing as a mood-boosting food. But while one or two squares of dark chocolate are good for your heart I wouldn’t recommend depending on it to boost…

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5 Heart-Healthy Snacks

…the sweetness of the apple satisfies your hunger and your taste buds. Heart-healthy snack #5. Dark Chocolate: If you want to satisfy a sweet tooth, you can enjoy a square (or two) of dark chocolate a few times a week. Now it’s your turn: What heart-healthy snacks do you incoporate into your heart…

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Books on Reversing and Preventing Heart Disease

…connectedness—whether to a spouse, good friends or even our neighbors—benefits our hearts as well, aiding in the prevention of heart disease. Cards, dark chocolate and flowers are all excellent ways to show your love and appreciation on Valentine’s Day. Plus, this year I encourage you to add another token of…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…as it causes fluctuations in insulin and adrenaline * Alcohol is another culprit, and the combination of alcohol and the sugars and caffeine in chocolate and sweets can generate quite intense arrhythmias among sensitive people. During the holiday season, when people often consume too much of both, I…

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Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and PACs

…which is why conscious breathing exercises are so good for your heart. Other SA Node Factors * Activity level * The foods you eat (caffeine, sugar, chocolate, alcohol, etc) * The chemicals you ingest (food dyes, medication, etc) * The world around you (altitude, electric smog, etc.) Respiratory sinus arrhythmia…

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Foods that Help to Knock Out Disease and Slow Down Aging

…and dark red kidney beans * Golden oats * Walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds * Dark green extra-virgin olive oil and green/black olives * Dark chocolate * Red Alaskan sockeye salmon Now it’s your turn: Which of these foods do you eat? You May Also Be Interested In: * Could Popcorn Replace Fruits…

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4 Foods for Depression

…exacerbated by trendy low-carb diets. Now it’s your turn: Have you found that any of these foods boost your mood? You May Also Be Interested In * Chocolate Euphoria * Can Optimism Improve Your Health?

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