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C.bronco
09-01-2008, 08:25 PM
http://www.poochdogpark.com/breedofmonth/daschund.jpg
oh hai. i iz Toy's running mate.
Robert is good peeple. He gives dog treats. Chocolate is poisin to dogs. I fear Ray's pants.

maestrowork
09-01-2008, 08:47 PM
Dark chocolate -- not white chocolate -- lowers high blood pressure, say Dirk Taubert, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Cologne, Germany. Their report appears in the Aug. 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

But that's no license to go on a chocolate binge. Eating more dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure -- if you've reached a certain age and have mild high blood pressure, say the researchers. But you have to balance the extra calories by eating less of other things.



Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate -- but not milk chocolate or dark chocolate eaten with milk -- is a potent antioxidant, report Mauro Serafini, PhD, of Italy's National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in Rome, and colleagues. Their report appears in the Aug. 28 issue of Nature. Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.

"Our findings indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate ... and may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate."

Translation: Say "Dark, please," when ordering at the chocolate counter. Don't even think of washing it down with milk. And if health is your excuse for eating chocolate, remember the word "moderate" as you nibble.



The Studies
Taubert's team signed up six men and seven women aged 55-64. All had just been diagnosed with mild high blood pressure -- on average, systolic blood pressure (the top number) of 153 and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) of 84.

Every day for two weeks, they ate a 100-gram candy bar and were asked to balance its 480 calories by not eating other foods similar in nutrients and calories. Half the patients got dark chocolate and half got white chocolate.

Those who ate dark chocolate had a significant drop in blood pressure (by an average of 5 points for systolic and an average of 2 points for diastolic blood pressure). Those who ate white chocolate did not.

In the second study, Serafini's team signed up seven healthy women and five healthy men aged 25-35. On different days they each ate 100 grams of dark chocolate by itself, 100 grams of dark chocolate with a small glass of whole milk, or 200 grams of milk chocolate.

An hour later, those who ate dark chocolate alone had the most total antioxidants in their blood. And they had higher levels of epicatechin, a particularly healthy compound found in chocolate. The milk chocolate eaters had the lowest epicatechin levels of all.

Chocolate for Blood Pressure: Darker Is Better
What is it about dark chocolate? The answer is plant phenols -- cocoa phenols, to be exact. These compounds are known to lower blood pressure.

Chocolates made in Europe are generally richer in cocoa phenols than those made in the U.S. So if you're going to try this at home, remember: Darker is better.

Just remember to balance the calories. A 100-gram serving of Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Bar has 531 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you ate that much raw apple you'd only take in 52 calories. But then, you'd miss out on the delicious blood pressure benefit.

A hint: Don't replace healthy foods with chocolate. Most people's diets have plenty of sweets. Switch those for some chocolate if you're going to try the truffle treatment.

-- WebMD

C.bronco
09-02-2008, 11:07 PM
Hotdog says, "Good for peeples, bad for me!"

I'm typing for him; he needs his nails trimmed.

Yeshanu
09-02-2008, 11:43 PM
As I'm not a dog, Ray clearly wins this debate. :D

But the dog *is* cute...

C.bronco
09-03-2008, 05:44 AM
Hotdog steals hearts (and shoes or anything you drop on the floor)!

Gehanna
09-03-2008, 06:07 AM
Maestrobating is a sin!

:D
Gehanna

C.bronco
09-03-2008, 06:10 AM
He started it by running against The Hottest Ticket Ever! I know who the ASPCA supporters are a votin' for, yes, yes.

Gehanna
09-03-2008, 06:12 AM
LOL!!! I can't live without my cat!

Gehanna

C.bronco
09-03-2008, 06:14 AM
Hotdog says, "oh hai. I like cats, dey is okay."

Gehanna
09-03-2008, 06:18 AM
*wipes the nervous sweat from her brow* Thank goodness for that. Please, free feel.. I mean, feel free to resume maestrobating.

Gehanna

C.bronco
09-03-2008, 06:23 AM
The servant waits while the master baits. -History of the World part II
:D

Gehanna
09-03-2008, 06:48 AM
LOL! I think I better go back to ghost hunting now (see sig. below). It's how I check for the presence of foul spirits.

Smell that? Nasty but consistent. :D

Gehanna

Joe270
09-03-2008, 07:08 AM
Well, it seems Maestro just swatted that pup with a rolled-up newspaper.

Perhaps not the fairest debating tactic, but it appears to be extremely effective.

maestrowork
09-03-2008, 07:14 AM
Well, it seems Maestro just swatted that pup with a rolled-up newspaper.

I did no such thing.

It was a glossy magazine.

Joe270
09-03-2008, 10:49 AM
I did no such thing.

It was a glossy magazine.

I see you went for the magnum of puppy discipline weapons. Nice choice. Now where did that puppy go, anyway?

C.bronco
09-03-2008, 07:15 PM
We don't hit our pup. He goes in timeout.

maestrowork
09-03-2008, 09:11 PM
I like pups. As little throw pillows and leg warmers.