Showing posts with label Chocolate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chocolate. Show all posts

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Researchers at Harvard Medical School studied the effect of hot chocolate on the human brain. Researchers concluded that cocoa contained in nutrients necessary for a person as protect his brain damaged areas of education.

In particular, experts have found a link between what the consumption of hot chocolate and memory, thinking, and neurovascular coupling in the brain - a process in which blood flow to the brain tissue changes with increased activity of certain brain regions. Neuroscientists explain that Neurovascular communication plays an important role in diseases involving degeneration of the brain, for example, in the development of Alzheimer's disease .

In an experiment to study the properties of cocoa 60 elderly people without dementia, at an average age of 73 years, every day during the month of drinking a cup of hot chocolate. In this study participants did not use any more products containing chocolate.

When a month of daily use small portions of hot cocoa volunteers underwent tests on memory and thinking, experts have identified improvements in the state of their brain. If at the beginning of the study 18 of the 60 participants had weakened neurovascular relationship by the end of its research performance has improved by 8.3%.

According to experts, due to the weakened neurovascular characteristic insufficient blood flow to certain areas of the brain. The result of this defective blood flow may be the emergence in the white matter of the brain damaged areas tiny - it shows MRI studies. Based on the experimental results, the use of hot chocolate protects against unpleasant process.

More advanced participants and demonstrated ability for testing short-term memory. The same task they perform, on average, at the beginning of the experiment - for 167 seconds, after - just for 116 seconds.

Thus, the researchers were convinced that eating chocolate brings clear benefits to the human brain. However, experts note that this delicacy overeat still not worth it - just to indulge yourself sometimes dessert.

Monday, November 25, 2013

If you are familiar with the problems of constipation , you should pay attention to your diet. The most common and favorite foods can cause problems with emptying.


Favorite all delicacy not only improves mood, but can lead to weight gain and impaired bowel function. Scientists believe that large amounts of fat in chocolate slows down the digestive process. Slowing peristalsis leads to problems with emptying, fermented foods and excessive gassing. In the German study, surveys were conducted among persons suffering from constipation. And the most common reason to call them patients reported consumption of chocolate.

Dairy produce

Dairy products such as milk and cheese in large quantities may cause constipation. Included with all dairy products lactose increases flatulence, which leads to disruption of the bowel. Iranian physicians in the survey of children aged 1 to 13 years found that the most common cause of constipation was consumption of dairy products. With the exclusion from the diet of milk and cheese, almost all children (80%), normalized stool and stopped bothering flatulence and bloating.

Green bananas

Unripe green bananas cause constipation, ripe act as a laxative. In green bananas a lot of starch, which is harder to digest, this process takes longer. A yellow bananas, conversely, less starch but more useful pectin. It outputs the excess fluid from the tissues, but if you drink enough water, it can adversely affect the functioning of the bowels and make your situation worse.


Caffeine acts on the gastrointestinal tract as well as bananas. Caffeine is a natural stimulant, and intestinal peristalsis increases. But if the cells of your body is dehydrated, the effects of caffeine is regarded as negative. It is fraught with the development of constipation and many other related health problems.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Does the thought of chocolate make you swoon? Do you feel woozy with hunger just by catching a whiff of chocolate? You might just be addicted to chocolate. Don't think you are alone. When I was young and started working my first job, I would spend the majority of my earnings on the stuff. I ate so much in fact that even my skin started to suffer. At the time, there wasn't a true diagnosis for chocolate addiction; thankfully times have changed and it is recognized right along with an addiction to internet, television and other things.

In my practice I came across a client who termed herself a chocoholic. She was regularly hypoglycemic and admitted to getting high from eating chocolate. It's hard to image that the stuff can have that effect, but it's a proven fact that chocolate contains natural ingredients the effect serotonin levels. During our sessions, it came to light that she gorged on chocolate when faced witemotih situations that caused her stress. Like many people facing addiction, her eating mass amounts of chocolate was her body's response to anxiety. Granted it's much better than smoking or drinking, but it still holds long term negative side effects. As a child, her rewards and punishments were based on food. The more extreme end of that would be when her mother would weigh her before each meal to determine if she would be allowed to eat that day.

This abuse turned her to a cycle of adult binging and purging which destroyed her self esteem. Food had become the controlling factor in her life preventing her from looking at situations in a normal way. During our sessions, we worked though a lot of these issues to help discover and limit the effect of the emotional triggers that caused her to binge on chocolate.

I am sure you are wondering how this may relate to you. Chocolate addiction, like any other addiction is more than a simple habit in most cases. Some clients are able to apply hypnotherapy to assist in removing the habit, but in cases where the issue stems from emotional pressures additional help is needed.

Another one of my clients admitting to being addicted to sugar; specifically chocolate, and he heard that I might be able to help him via hypnotherapy. After speaking with him at length I discovered a deep dissatisfaction in his home life. He and his partner though living together had not been intimate over the last five years. I told him that he most likely has an addiction to chocolate rather than simply a sugar habit. After receiving that bit of information he wanted to stop attending our sessions. Instead of dealing with the issue he requested that we not focus on that. I informed him that we could work on other parts of his life, however without working on the main issue, his habit would remain.

At the time he wasn't ready to deal with the real issues which I had to respect as a professional. My role is to suggest treatments that may help a person with their stress, but not to force a person into dealing with an issue before they are mentally ready. He wanted to work only on getting rid of his chocolate eating habit and nothing else. It's entirely possible that he has gotten rid of that habit, but more likely than not it has been replaced by another one.

If you are addicted to chocolate and the root cause is some form of emotional stress, only working to get rid of the habit won't prevent you from replacing it with another habit. The human mind is a pro at creating loopholes. This is the same reason many people who stop smoking or drinking turn to other habits such as eating. This all leads to weight gain in the end. If you want to lose weight, feel better, or just increase your self esteem treating the cause is the only way to cure the symptom.

Author: Sonia Devine

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Allergy sufferers who react to chocolate might be shocked to learn their allergy could be linked to something other than the cocoa bean: an allergy to cockroach.

An average of 8 insect parts are found in a chocolate bar and deemed safe, according to the FDA's guidelines.

"Most foods have natural contaminants in them, but there are levels which the FDA deems safe," said allergist Dr. Morton M. Teich. "Anything more than 60 insect pieces per 100 grams of chocolate is rejected by the FDA. "

Trace amounts of insect parts that are ground into the food and can affect people with allergies and asthma. Some side effects include migraines, cramps, itching or hives.

Chocolate isn't the only food product to blame for contamination, other foods like peanut butter, macaroni, fruit, cheese, popcorn, wheat and some cheese also contain this material.
Allergists can help patients with cockroach allergies by giving them allergy shots with small amounts of the insect as well as removing chocolate from their diet.

First reported in 1943, allergists began skin testing for cockroaches in 1959. "Allergists are testing now because they're finding that asthma can be caused by cockroaches," said Teich, "I have patients whom we've tested for cockroach who really get reactions."

Teich says most of his patients are shocked at this information and swear off chocolate after discovering its contaminants. "Most of them say, 'I'm not going to eat that anymore!'"
However if you think a simple switch of brands will keep you from safe from roaches, you're wrong-cockroaches and their droppings seem to be indigenous to the cocoa bean.

"To avoid [insects in your food], it's almost impossible," said Teich. "You probably would have to stop eating completely."

To consume foods without traces of insects, producers would have to use more pesticides, which Teich believes are much worse than eating a few insects. Some argue that the pricier chocolate brands take extra precautions in separating the bugs from the beans but there is no evidence that proves it.

By: Lauren Torrisi