Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dark Chocolate can be healthy.....

It's a bit dreich and dismal this morning, and it's the last day of the school holidays and our Summer of Fun must come to an end.

However, I do take a wee bit of comfort in the research from Sweden that dark chocolate, eaten in, to be honest, fairly miniscule quantities, can help prevent heart failure in older women.

As ever, there's a dietitian on hand to tell you that no, you can't have your sweet treats and should look for the same chemicals in nice vegetables instead, just for the sake of balanced reporting.

I know I have a lot to learn about the art of moderation where food is concerned, but I really do think that's the way to go. I know from bitter experience that denying all treats just leads to diet disaster. Effectively the research gives you carte blanche to eat a couple of squares of dark chocolate a week, no more. Surely nobody's going to deny us that small pleasure?

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