Wednesday, March 31, 2010

DAY 37 - Easter .. mmmm.. chocolate


Easter is on the way. This weekend. 
You do know what this means don't you?

 And, if you know me or Jan, for at least 5 minutes you will know that we Loooooooove... chocolate.
We have been known to drive many miles and hours out of our way to locate a new chocolate shop, that we think just might be still open. What a relief when we manage to enter the shop 5 minutes before due to close.

Christmas is good for chocoholics like us, but Easter is definitely the best - with chocolate eggs, chocolate candy and giant chocolate bunnies as well a any other shape that you might dream of.

You  must have heard the rumours that NOW chocolate is considered to be good for YOU!!

In my Google research (extensive of course) ... and done chocolate free, I did find consistent results.

 On Healthy U  Alberta
Edmonton registered dietitian Heidi Bates says that chocolate (particularly dark chocolate and cocoa powder) is a rich source of flavonoids. Flavonoids are compounds that help prevent damage to our cells. “Chocolate is a more complex food than most people realize,” says Bates.

“The flavonoids work to protect our cells from damage. They are antioxidants, much like the vitamins we have heard about. The potential benefits of chocolate lie with its unique composition and how it is put together. 

And  from SKY NEWS 

Chocolate is no longer a guilty pleasure, in fact it is good for you - apparently lowering blood pressure and cutting the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The experts found eating 7.5 grams of dark chocolate could reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 39% and could also lead to lower blood pressure.

As always though, there is a catch - the most expensive, purest chocolate is the best for you.

The nutritionists found dark chocolate produced the best results when it contains at least 70% cocoa.
June Davidson from the British Heart Foundation also cautioned the amount identified in the study did not offer the chance to pig out.

This is like being given permission to eat something we have for most of lives been told is  BAD.
Is this 7.5 grams like once an hour? How 
large is 7.5 grams?
Answer: 7.5 g = 0.264554 oz
hmmm.... that is very tiny, maybe ONE chocolate rosebud size.
What happens if I eat the entire container full
- at one sitting (or lying down)?

If a little is good, a lot is even better?
Apparently NOT - it is that whole moderation thing and calories and sugar ... blah, blah.

There have been several RAW chocolate and Antioxidant chocolate manufacturers and businesses sprout up since this revelation - such as Xoçai antioxidant chocolate and  super foods.

Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe & Shazzie  
by David Wolfe, America's leading nutrition guru, and Shazzie, the UK's most progressive health educator ...

Who says that this chocolate will produce an ecstatic feeling and make you into the person you were destined to be!!  

She has names for some of her superfood raw chocolate bars that are rather enticing as well, and sure to deliver us all into the lovely creatures we desire to be 
- Goddess, Temptress & Siren.

So ... are we going to stick with the healthy chocolate this Easter and eat in small moderate amounts?


Off to stock up and find some chocolate specialties to share with Jan.

...darleen & jan

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