Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Everything in moderation...

Health Benefits of Chocolate:

Dark chocolate is recognised as being better for your health than milk chocolate. The Huffington Post reports via Archives of Internal Medicine. Ideally the chocolate will contain over 60% cocoa solids.
Dark Chocolate that contains over 60% in cocoa solids is high in fibre therefore it is filling or feels filling and actually reduces food cravings.
In a study using over 1000 people it was discovered that people who eat chocolate regularly have a lower BMI than people who don’t eat chocolate.
Eating chocolate regularly increases the production of insulin therefore decreasing the risk of diabetes.
Cocoa contains anti-clotting blood thinning ingredients similar to those found in aspirin.
An ingredient in chocolate called Theobromine reduces the activity of the vagus nerve which triggers the brain to produce repeated coughing when people are unwell. Scientists are trying to create a drug that produces a similar effect as it would be safer than codeine; a drug that is regularly used to treat coughing. Reference.

Health Benefits of Beer:

One or two drinks per day can actually be good for you

Would you believe that 12 ounces of beer a day has been shown to produce the following positive side effects:
Beer contains silicon which was found to promote stronger bones. People who drank 1-2 beers a day have stronger bones that those who don’t.
There are over a hundred studies to show that regularly drinking small amounts decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Regular drinkers have a 20% less chance of brain decline.
It reduces the risk of stroke as small amounts of alcohol reduce potential blood clots.

Remember to drink in moderation

In a study of nearly 50,000 men, researchers found that males who are heavy coffee drinkers (six or more cups per day) were 20% less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who drank one cup of coffee a day. In relation to lethal prostate cancer the figures were even higher; men who are heavy coffee drinkers were 60% less likely to develop the cancer.

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