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Chocolate Benefits for Your Brain: Improves Memory and Mood

Chocolate Benefits for Your Brain: Improves Memory and Mood

Eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate benefits health in many ways. In fact, chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “superfood” for the brain and body.

Studies examining the health benefits of chocolate continue to reveal new and exciting chocolate benefits, particularly in the realms of cognitive function, mood, and heart/

6. Healthful Fats

At one time, low-fat diets were believed to be healthy. Now, findings from hundreds of studies have revealed that it’s not the amount of fat; it’s the type of fat that’s most important.
You need an adequate amount of fat—about 45 to 75 grams per day on average—in your diet to help you absorb nutrients, increase your

4. Feeding Your Brain

While the most important nutritional protection you can give your brain involves eating an overall healthy dietary pattern, it’s also true that certain specific foods and food groups seem to be especially important for brain health (see Box 4-1, “Brain Food”). Fortunately, these brain-healthy choices are also good for your

Healthy Comfort Food: Make These Root Vegetables Part of the Mix

Healthy Comfort Food: Make These Root Vegetables Part of the Mix

When we think of healthy comfort food, we often think of warm roasts, stews, and other satisfying dishes—the types of foods that typically fill our tables as part of our Thanksgiving feasts. And what ingredients do many of these dishes share? Root vegetables, which happen to be jam-packed with healthy

7. Flavorful Additions: Fats, Herbs, Spices, Chocolate

There is plenty of room in your healthy eating plan for foods that are truly pleasing to your palate. Fish, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are even tastier with flavorful additions of healthy fats, herbs, and spices. Your dietary plan can even include dark chocolate. There’s no

Picking the Healthiest Fruits

Anyone who thinks healthy food can’t taste good clearly doesn’t understand the power of fruit. Sweet, juicy, and delicious, grab-and-go fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber associated with an impressively long list of health benefits, including heart health, weight control, digestive health, and lowered dementia and diabetes

Could a Bit of Chocolate Help Keep Your Heart on Beat?

About one in four adults will develop atrial fibrillation (the most common type of irregular heartbeat) in their lifetime. That’s a big deal because atrial fibrillation increases risk of stroke by five-fold. Atrial fibrillation also increases risk of heart failure and impaired cognition (brain function). A recent study in the

Dark Chocolate’s Delicious Health Benefits

Of all the nutritional advice and information that’s come out in the last several years, the fact that chocolate contains beneficial nutrients is probably one of the most appreciated. Dark chocolate contains flavanols, compounds that act as powerful antioxidants. That may be why consuming dark chocolate has been shown to

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