It’s no surprise that I’m a chocoholic – the only real surprise is that I haven’t turned into chocolate yet. Like all families, we sometimes run out of this (eggs, sugar, milk) and sometimes we run out of that (light bulbs, trash bags, toilet paper) – but there are three things we never, ever run out of:
- Coffee Beans – No one would want to get near me if I were down to my last bean.
- Chocolate – How can you run out when there are piles of it on the table and “back-ups” in the pantry? My name is Joi and I stockpile.
- Cat Food – Our cats take a daily inventory. In fact, I think one (Alexa) checks on the supply at the top of each hour. I guess that explains why our little girl is shaped like a raccoon with a thyroid condition.
If you need further proof of my allegiance to chocolate, check this out – this will be my fourth “chocolate-focused” post on the front page of the food blog. A personal best!
Fellow chocoholics, this is great news for us, so take notes. We all know about the flavanoids in dark chocolate. These antioxidant-rich little ninjas improve heart health, which is why so many people make sure they eat a little dark chocolate each day. Well, that, and the fact that dark chocolate tastes amazing.
One of my favorite health newsletters is from South Beach Diet. This morning, the title of the article jumped right off the computer: 3 More Reasons to Love Dark Chocolate
Below are excerpts from the South Beach Diet Newsletter:
3 More Reasons to Love Dark Chocolate from South Beach Diet
- Reason 1: Dark chocolate can decrease blood pressure and lower the risk of developing diabetes in healthy individuals. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating dark chocolate reduced insulin resistance and significantly lowered blood pressure.
- Reason 2: Dark chocolate may be an anti-inflammatory. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that dark chocolate improves health, including heart health. It significantly reduced levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a substance that is an indicator of inflammation in the body, which helps determine the risk for developing coronary disease. Thus, dark chocolate may have “anti-inflammatory” properties.
- Reason 3: Dark chocolate may keep you feeling fuller, longer.
For a lot more articles and tips about healthy eating and living, you’ll definitely want to visit South Beach Diet. The link will take you directly to their article index – there are countless wonderful tips and ideas. You’ll also want to sign up for their free newsletter. Great stuff!