Monday, October 30, 2006

Happy Hallowe'en

by Ken Houghton

As schools emphasize nutrition, those of you who prefer dark chocolate should be thrilled by this article from Newsday:
Trick-or-treaters may be shocked to learn that chocolate has more health-promoting plant flavonoids than broccoli or Brussels sprouts.

In fact, in a recent study, dark chocolate also beat green tea, red wine and blueberries in antioxidant levels.

And the longest term study should encourage you as well:
[I]n a recent Dutch study that followed nearly 500 men over age 65 for 15 years, chocolate emerged as a possible heart protector.

Chocolate-lovers had lower blood pressure, and men who consumed the least cocoa were twice as likely to die from a heart attack as men eating the most. The cocoa connection held true, even when scientists accounted for risk factors like smoking, obesity and lack of exercise.

Why my wife will live longer than I will:
Why is dark (rather than milk) chocolate, such a star? Dark chocolate is simply more chocolatey. With up to 50 percent more cocoa than milk chocolate, its flavonoid content is naturally higher.

So maybe Professor Lupin's remedy for Dementors in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (movie here) isn't a bad idea at all.
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