Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Here's to Your Health

Benefits to Eating Dark Chocolate
Eating dark chocolate rich in cacao has been linked with numerous benefits, including stress reduction and  improved heart health, but a new study has revealed it can potentially make your brain smarter and improve memory.

Dark Chocolate which is 70 percent cacao, is a major source of flavonoids– powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components that are known to be beneficial to cardiovascular health.

The California team’s initial studies at Loma Linda University have shown that absorbed cacao flavonoids penetrate and accumulate in regions of the brain associated with learning and memory. 
It's important to clarify that these benefits only apply for pure dark chocolate. Milk chocolate,chocolate desserts, and other chocolate sweets do not carry the same benefits.
Egg On
Don't turn down an egg because you are worried about cholesterol. A recent study found a moderate intake up to an egg a day does not raise the risk of heart disease.  
A large egg contains 77 calories, with 6 grams of quality protein, 5 grams of fat and trace amounts of carbohydrates. It’s very important to realize that almost all the nutrients are contained in the yolk, the white contains only protein.
Eggs also contain small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body… including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, Vitamin E, Folate and many more.

Nuts to You
Adding almonds to your diet can improve overall nutrition. It's a great way to get essential vitamins and minerals in your diet. They are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium Almonds are also a great source of protein, fibre, low in sugar and contain no salt or cholesterol. One serving contains almost 13 grams of unsaturated fats. They are the highest nuts in protein, fiber, calcium, riboflavin and niacin.
Good Question 
Q: What  is a good substitute for mayonnaise? Light mayonnaise 36 calories
A: To replace mayo in dressings, try nonfat plain Greek yogurt 9 calories or a mix of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt is your best bet. Check out these alternatives as sandwich spreads.   
Hummus- 25 calories
Mashed Avocado -23 calories
 Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), known professionally as Waldo Emerson, was an American essayist, lecturer and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism.

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