Eat Your Chocolate

Salt is also okay.

Just a reminder that for decades the government has been telling us salt and perfectly healthy fats are bad for us. This advice has been killing people- and it didn’t have to happen. There are have always been studies available showing that healthy fats were good for us and a low fat diet was dangerous. Same with salt. The Bradley method of childbirth has been telling us this for decades.

Government is a ham fisted, red tape entangled, bureaucratic behemoth that makes decisions based on almost anything other than sound research. If getting research published and out to the public wasn’t so dependent on gov’t grants, independent research could attract funding from a variety of sources and gov’t couldn’t control the narrative (and the research) so well. It’s not hyperbole when I say that the government’s best health advice has killed people. So why on earth should this be the organization in charge of our health care?

From that study about daily dark chocolate:

Muscle strength. Research published in the journal Clinical and Translational Science found that dark chocolate boosts the mitochondria — or the fuel cells of the body — making muscles stronger and increasing endurance. In the study, patients with heart disease and diabetes ate dark chocolate bars and drank a daily beverage enriched with a flavonoid found in chocolate. After three months, their “fuel cells” showed significant improvement.

• Stress. A clinical trial published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Proteome Research found that eating about 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones in people who were feeling highly stressed.

• Diabetes. Research at the U.K.’s Hull York Medical School found that chocolate improved the function of blood vessels in patients with Type 2 diabetes, and an Italian study found that eating chocolate weekly increased insulin sensitivity, thus lowering the risk of developing the disease.

• Brain health. A 2009 study found that people were able to count backwards better after drinking hot cocoa. The researchers attributed the results to flavonoids which they believe increase blood flow to the brain and may delay age-related decline.

The Darker the better.   I eat chocolate even on a low carb diet.  I mix about a tablespoon (sometimes more) of cocoa powder, a few drops of stevia, and cinnamon, and a bit of orange oil into about three tablespoons of real sour cream (the stuff with no fillers) and stir well- until smooth.  This is really a matter of taste. I like it very dark.  Some people have tried it and can’t stand it. it is really, really deeply, seriously, rich.
Sometimes I made a batch at the beginning of the week, especially if it’s going to be a busy week- mixing it all into the carton of the sour cream.  Then I have it ready made and can spoon out just a couple tablespoons or less at a time.
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And always, always research the research and make sure you find the background behind the studies. Even the ones that tell you chocolate is healthy.=)

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2 Comments

  1. Posted June 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, that chocolate sour cream recipe sounds fabulous! I REALLY need to stick with the low-carb diet, but I fall off that wagon frequently. Little indulgences like this recipe help!

  2. Posted June 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Wanted to try this today, but had no sour cream. Almost despaired. Noticed plain whole milk yogurt in the fridge. Gave it a try. (Used a packet of Purevia, since I didn’t have liquid stevia either.) Rejoiced! Sour cream is probably better, but this definitely works in a pinch!

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