In Food & Drink, Mind-Body, Quality of Life, Zowie Fun Facts on April 20, 2011 at 2:45 am
We all know that tension can wreak havoc on our eating patterns. But the right (healthy!) foods can often help tame mindless munching and cravings and, better yet, actually lower overall anxiety and its symptoms. Eight of our favorites:
Dark Chocolate: High in flavonoids, which are lauded for their relaxing properties (Lemon Balm and chamomile tea – other good sources), chocolate also contains phenethylamine, a chemical that enhances your mood. The darker the chocolate, the more healthy substances you’re getting in your diet, so look for bars that are 70 percent cacao or higher.
Skim Milk: Select organic 2% milk to insure calcium absorption. Turns out that a glass of warm milk really is calming. One study found that women who drank four or more servings of lowfat or skim milk every day were about half as likely to experience stress-related PMS symptoms than those who drank less than one serving a week.
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In Food & Drink, Medical Benefits, Quality of Life, Zowie Fun Facts on March 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm
Chocolate, or by its botanical name: Theobroma cacao, literally means “food of the gods”. But can anything that tastes that sinfully delicious really be good for you? Rejoice chocoholics of the world – in fact it is also rich in health benefits!
According to WebMD: “Research has shown that when dark chocolate is part of a healthy lifestyle, it can improve heart health, blood pressure, reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol, and increase blood flow to the brain. It may also improve blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, reducing diabetes risk.”
The darker, richer and more naturally chocolate ingredients the better. Though there can be some health benefits to having any chocolate ingredients in your desert, obviously the less sugar and the fewer preservatives the better. Stay away from chewy, marshmallow, caramel and cream centered chocolates and stick to the simpler, solid dark chocolate.
But beware of the side effects. Drat, there’s always a catch right? Cheer up though. It turns out the only major side effect is the calories. There are approximately 531 calories in a standard sized dark chocolate Hershey’s bar. But you should be satisfied with just an ounce of chocolate when you feel the urge, with only 150 sinless calories in roughly 6 Hershey’s Kisses. You get the health benefits without slapping the extra inches on your hips.
So indulge yourself. And just remember the 3 rules to safer living: drink, drive and eat chocolate responsibly.