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Archive for the 'Chocolate' Category

Is there a diet-acne connection?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Drs. Jonette Keri and Rajiv Nijhawan from the University of Miami in Florida have reviewed the evidence.

Here are the highlights. (more…)

Acne treatments

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

The surest way to know that there is no truly effective treatment for a condition is to count the number of treatment recommendations. The more recommendations, the less likely it is that any of them have a significant effect. I’m not sure if there is a tipping point. Whether 6 or 12 or 20 recommended treatments guarantee that you will have less than complete cure.

Here are some of the recommendations from just one article.


Benefits of chocolate on the heart

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Researchers in the UK and Columbia reviewed the association between chocolate and the risk of developing cardiometabolic disorders — high blood pressure, abnormally high glucose, elevated triglycerides, low “good” cholesterol, abdominal obesity, smoking, and physical inactivity. (more…)

Effects of chocolate on blood pressure and heart disease

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Researchers at the German Institute of Human Nutrition, in Nuthetal, tell us chocolate appears to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. (more…)

Functional foods and cardiovascular risk

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Milano, Italy, list what we know. (more…)

Does chocolate lower your risk of stroke?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

During the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting this June, researchers at McMaster University, in Hamilton Ontario will report the results of their review. (more…)

Testing soy shakes for fibromyalgia

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Studies suggest that soy relieves neuropathic pain in animals and reduces pain and improves range of motion in people with osteoarthritis.

Based on this, researchers from the Mayo Clinic thought it reasonable to look for benefits of soy in people with fibromyalgia. (more…)

Historical perspective on flavonoids

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Dietary sources of flavonoids in Western societies include onions (flavonols); cocoa (proanthocyanidins); tea, apples, and red wine (flavonols and catechins); citrus fruit (flavanones); berries and cherries (anthocyanidins); and soy (isoflavones).

Here’s how far we’ve come. (more…)

Test your knowledge of the glycemic index

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Eating foods with a low glycemic index is the way to go if you want to lose weight. That’s the conclusion in the latest Cochrane Review, as reported by Ivanhoe.

What’s your glycemic index IQ? (more…)

Chocolate slows your ability to clot blood, a little

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Volunteers in a study reported on Medscape were told not to do things known to slow the clotting of blood by inhibiting platelet function.

But some just couldn’t stop eating chocolate. (more…)

Eating chocolate leads to weaker bones

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

“Older women who consume chocolate daily had lower bone density and strength,” according to researchers in Australia. (more…)

Can I interest you in a probiotic smoothie?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Functional Ingredients reports that a California-based juice and smoothie manufacturer, Naked Juice, is selling “the first 100% juice smoothie with probiotics that aid in digestive and immune health.” (more…)

Are you ready for probiotic chocolate?

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

“We expect that the trend towards high-end [chocolate] products, especially those touting wellness benefits, will be the life force in this market for the next several years.”

That’s the conclusion from Tatjana Meerman, publisher of the report, The US Market for Chocolate.

What’s this got to do with probiotics? (more…)

The benefit of small amounts of dark chocolate on blood pressure

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

In a small group of people with above-optimal blood pressure, including “small amounts of polyphenol-rich dark chocolate as part of a usual diet efficiently reduced blood pressure,” according to researchers from the University Hospital of Cologne in Germany.

Unfortunately, the researchers could only postulate the long term benefit of blood pressure control, rather than actually show it in this group of volunteers. (more…)

Value of lifestyle modifications in GERD

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

The treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) usually includes lifestyle modifications. These include dietary changes such as avoidance of chocolate, mints, citrus, fatty food, carbonated beverages, tobacco, as well as coffee/caffeinated products. Patients are also advised to lose weight, avoid late evening meals and postprandial recumbent position, and to sleep with their right side down.

Are any of these recommendations useful?


Got GERD? Watch your weight.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

The risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is directly linked to a woman’s body mass index (BMI), according to the results of a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. (more…)