Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The Chocolate Diet
The Milford Daily News ^ | January 31, 2011 | Gary Brown

Posted on 01/31/2011 6:07:44 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin

I hate to sound like the cover of some woman’s magazine, but today we’re going to talk about “The Sweet Science Behind Dark Chocolate” and “What Eating Dark Chocolate Can Do For You.”

Scientists are my new best friends. At first, I thought those headlines were just stuck at the top to make me want to read the e-mail that followed. Maybe whoever was contacting the media was just trying to lure in candy-loving journalists with a chocolate-coated bait-and-switch press release that eventually got around to talking about health insurance reform.

But, no, chocolate apparently is a “super food.”

“Studies show that people who eat generous amounts of superbly heart-healthy and flavonoid-rich cocoa rarely develop high blood pressure and have a very low death rate from heart disease,” read the e-mail.

I haven’t the slightest idea what a flavonoid is, but I just ran downstairs to the snack room to chow down on a candy bar and guzzle a cup of machine-made hot chocolate.

You’ve got to love a health motto that starts with “A Kit Kat a day...”

Daily ritual

A daily intake of chocolate is exactly what Janet Bond Brill, the registered dietitian who was being quoted in this e-mail, was espousing.

She’s got a book out, “Prevent A Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease.” And cocoa is one of these foods. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate being handed this medically sound reason to practically slather my insides with melted chocolate.

“Consuming just one or two squares (up to one ounce) of dark chocolate (at last 70 percent cocoa) every day can help boost your blood-antioxidant level, lower your blood pressure, fight inflammation (and) make your dysfunction endothelium more functional,” read the release.

Now, in my younger and less health-conscious days, it would have bothered me that I didn’t know anything about “dysfunction endothelium.” I might have even argued, “My endothelium is fully functional, thank you. In fact, I have to hold it back.”

But, after reading this e-mail, I figure, hey, the dietitian lady doesn’t seem concerned, so just eat the Hershey’s bar and let the chocolate sort it all out.

The chocolate diet

Maybe I’m overreacting, but I may eat nothing but chocolate. If one or two pieces of chocolate heal your heart, might 30 or 35 or even 40 pieces make a guy practically immortal?

I knew there was a catch.

“Purchase one of the new high-flavonoid chocolate bars (not milk chocolate or Dutch processed) at least 70 percent cocoa and limit yourself to one or two small pieces a day,” Brill said.

No Snickers?

If you want cocoa itself, “think real cocoa,” she insisted. “Add a couple of tablespoons of dark cocoa powder to your banana and soy milk smoothie — a luscious addition to a heart-healthy drink.”

Soy? Some things just have a sound that makes you not want to live forever...


TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: chocolate

1 posted on 01/31/2011 6:07:45 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: skr; Mama Shawna; Gabz; T Minus Four; vandy; ssaftler; trussell; fnord; HopeandGlory; ...
Free Republic Chocoholic Ping List
2 posted on 01/31/2011 6:08:40 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


3 posted on 01/31/2011 6:10:23 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

I read somewhere that the cocoa bean growers are switching to other crops so that in a few years chocolate will be rare and only for the super rich.

Anyone else read that?


4 posted on 01/31/2011 6:14:11 PM PST by 30Moves
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin
Two years ago I discovered that chocolate, especially dark chocolate, gives me killer migraines. Extremely sad day for me :(.
5 posted on 01/31/2011 6:16:03 PM PST by Spudx7
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Shimmer1; Monkey Face; sweetliberty

6 posted on 01/31/2011 6:17:17 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 741 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin
“Add a couple of tablespoons of dark cocoa powder to your banana and soy milk smoothie — a luscious addition to a heart-healthy drink.”

Drop the soy and use real milk! That stuff is dangerous!

7 posted on 01/31/2011 6:19:32 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl (What did Sheriff Dupnik know about Loughner & when did he know it? http://bit.ly/eQ5ehk)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: null and void
Nice KitKat.


8 posted on 01/31/2011 6:23:17 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

I consider chocolate to be one of the essential food groups.


9 posted on 01/31/2011 6:24:42 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: anniegetyourgun

10 posted on 01/31/2011 6:30:33 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Spudx7

I have a headache problem with chocolate. It’s the theobromine in the chocolate that causes the veins in the head to narrow. To get the theobromine out of my system, I left off chocolate completely for about 6 yrs. After that, it was cleaned out of my system; then I gradually could have a LITTLE BIT of chocolate. The trick is to keep it at just a small amount on a weekly or bi-weekly basis; and if the nagging headaches start up that’s my cue to back off for a couple of weeks. I like it, and have found a way to manage it. It takes being cautious which is not hard; the headaches initially were horrible; and the several years off did me a lot of good. 6 yrs. may have been overkill; but I wanted to be sure.


11 posted on 01/31/2011 6:33:54 PM PST by Twinkie (Two wrongs don't make a right.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 30Moves

I’ve heard that, too. Hopefully it’s just a rumor - but I’m stockpiling just in case! :)


12 posted on 01/31/2011 6:36:59 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Bodleian_Girl
Better yet, use chocolate almond milk. I, too, add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to my whey protein shakes. Here's my recipe:

In a Magic Bullet, (they're about 50 bucks now and worth the price) add about 1/4 C crushed ice (if your fridge has a crushed ice dispenser)

about 1/3 to 1/2 C chocolate almond milk

3-4 heaping Tbsp vanilla yogurt (low fat but not no-fat)

1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

1 scoop chocolate Designer Whey brand whey powder. Blend til smooth. Put it in a red cup and drink it on your way to work. Quick, easy, tasty and relatively low in calories. This keeps me going all morning.

Sometimes I add cold black coffee and less almond milk if I have any left over from the day before for a richer taste. Coffee and cocoa powder are loaded with antioxidants.

13 posted on 01/31/2011 6:37:33 PM PST by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Spudx7

Bummer! BUT - try white chocolates. Of course, there’s nothing especially good in there other than butter fat which will keep your fur shiny, but you can still get your fix!

All hope is not lost. :)

Lindt makes some really super white chocolate bars.


14 posted on 01/31/2011 6:39:44 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: anniegetyourgun

“I consider chocolate to be one of the essential food groups.”

There are OTHER food groups? ;)


15 posted on 01/31/2011 6:41:38 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Spudx7

I have the same chocolate allergy that you have. The migraines were so bad that I was sure my skull was cracking. I discovered it many years ago, but I am not the least bit upset about it now. I took a taste of chocolate a couple of years ago and it tasted like mud! Nothing that I ever wanted to try again, I’m way over it!


16 posted on 01/31/2011 6:45:57 PM PST by Ditter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

Salt and Caffeine.


17 posted on 01/31/2011 6:47:22 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 741 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: 30Moves

I heard it also, but I’m afraid it may end up true. Glad to know I’m not alone in thinking of stockpiling the sweet aromatic tweet. lol


18 posted on 01/31/2011 6:48:23 PM PST by callisto (It's the three T' s: Too Many Taxes, Trillions in Debt, and Transparency)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

ping


19 posted on 01/31/2011 6:52:11 PM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - World Disaster Map)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

Diane...I can’t tell you the effect that picture has on me, I am so conflicted!


20 posted on 01/31/2011 6:56:23 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission (Yum! Just Yum!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin
Hopefully it’s just a rumor - but I’m stockpiling just in case!

I can't stockpile chocolate. I keep eating my stash.

21 posted on 01/31/2011 7:04:13 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

My kids love white chocolate, I haven’t yet aquired a taste for it.


22 posted on 01/31/2011 7:19:56 PM PST by Spudx7
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Ditter

I’m still waiting to get to that point. When I think of the headaches, I can usually resist the urge...but not always.


23 posted on 01/31/2011 7:21:05 PM PST by Spudx7
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Twinkie

Thanks for the advice!


24 posted on 01/31/2011 7:21:55 PM PST by Spudx7
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

“————and limit yourself to one or two small pieces a day,” Brill said. “


I have never eaten just 2 small squares of chocolate in my entire,very long life.

And I never will.


25 posted on 01/31/2011 7:27:57 PM PST by Mears
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin
Consuming just one or two squares

That is a joke, right?

26 posted on 01/31/2011 8:07:05 PM PST by oldteen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FrdmLvr

Does it have to be a red cup? I don’t have any of those. Also, I work from home. Will that make a difference in taste? ;0)


27 posted on 01/31/2011 8:42:54 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: FrdmLvr
I give up. What does "whey" do for you.

Oh, and I'm all out of red cups. Will a different color work?

28 posted on 01/31/2011 9:34:55 PM PST by what's up
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

Why would anyone consider dropping cocoa bean production? Is growing corn for ethanol or other fuel-production options more profitable? Is the climate for producing cocoa beans favorable for something much more profitable? Can we grow our own cocoa beans?
In other words, “Aaaaaaaaaaarghhhhhhhh?!!!!!!!”


29 posted on 02/01/2011 2:12:25 AM PST by Silentgypsy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

Have you ever had those Lindt truffles? Heavenly!


30 posted on 02/01/2011 2:14:34 AM PST by Silentgypsy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

Yes, there are the 5 C’s: caffeine, carbonation, cholesterol, chocolate, and C12H22O11 (sugar—one form of it.)


31 posted on 02/01/2011 2:18:49 AM PST by Silentgypsy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Silentgypsy

The white chocolate Lindt truffles are the best(yes, I am aware there’s no such thing as “white chocolate”).


32 posted on 02/01/2011 6:46:50 AM PST by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: FrdmLvr

Why a red cup? Is there something the color does to effect the taste?


33 posted on 02/01/2011 7:06:55 AM PST by Vor Lady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: null and void; Diana in Wisconsin; anniegetyourgun

As everyone knows the six food groups are: Salt, Caffeine, Fat, Nicotine, Alcohol and Chocolate.


34 posted on 02/01/2011 7:09:32 AM PST by Vor Lady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

Chocolate (cocoa solids, that is) is a wonderful, healthy food in moderation. It’s the fat and sugar that’ll kill you.

I personally love using chocolate in low-carb recipes — the fat isn’t an issue, and sugar can be replaced with zero-carb sweeteners, as long as you’re dealing with something that absolutely requires sugar for texture reasons.


35 posted on 02/01/2011 7:09:50 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Silentgypsy
Have you ever had those Lindt truffles? Heavenly!

If you EVER get a chance try the Sprüngli truffe de jour. Only place I've ever seen 'em is at the Zurich airport. They do not travel well and aren't exported.

36 posted on 02/01/2011 8:33:51 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 742 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Silentgypsy

Love your FIVE, LOL! :)


37 posted on 02/01/2011 2:08:46 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: GOPJ

Thanks for the ping.


38 posted on 02/01/2011 2:19:29 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: null and void; All

http://luxuryexperience.com/luxury_products/pantry/confiserie_sprungli,_ag.html
This site says that you *can* order Sprungli products online and that they will ship to the US! Those mini-macaroons look yummy, too! (If mini-macaroon mention is hijacking the thread, I apologize. Some things make me think about other things.)


39 posted on 02/01/2011 5:38:01 PM PST by Silentgypsy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Silentgypsy
Looks like I'm gonna need a new chart...

Photobucket

40 posted on 02/01/2011 5:51:40 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 742 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

HOW funny....just this morning....I was craving a “FAT PILL” as we call them.....an apple fritter.....which I don’t indulge in very often...I looked around the kitchen and promised myself....if you do NOT go get a FAT PILL..you can have all the chocolate (dark) you want today....and I have! Figured it was MUCH better than an apple fritter. I HAVE stockpiled some chocolate in powder form....we do LOVE the LINDT 85% chocolate bars! Walmart has the best price right now. And, furthermore, I had a doctor tell me several years ago that dark chocolate (in moderation) WAS good for me.


41 posted on 02/01/2011 10:29:29 PM PST by goodnesswins (Socialism is organized stupidity. 2nd thought...I think DEMOCRATS are Organized Stupidity.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: null and void

Have you ever had those Belgian chocolate hazelnut thingies from Trader Joe’s? How about Nutella?
More thank you’s up to the Creator!


42 posted on 02/02/2011 5:15:19 AM PST by Silentgypsy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: goodnesswins

No doubt! I keep a bar of 70% Lindt w/orange on hand for just such ‘nutritional emergencies’! :)


43 posted on 02/02/2011 6:01:30 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110202005367/en/Hershey-Announces-Fourth-Quarter-Full-Year-2010-Results


44 posted on 02/02/2011 12:56:22 PM PST by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Radix

The last thing I’d give up if times were really tough would be my chocolate. :)

I also invest in The Vice Fund. The last things others give up in hard times are booze, gambling and smokes. As an added bonus they invest in military defense, too! :)


45 posted on 02/02/2011 2:07:02 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: FrdmLvr

Thanks for your reply!

I’m sort of getting into eating a lot of meat these days and staying away from as many carbs as I can.


46 posted on 02/03/2011 7:28:23 AM PST by Bodleian_Girl (What did Sheriff Dupnik know about Loughner & when did he know it? http://bit.ly/eQ5ehk)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson