3 Ways Dark Chocolate Can Improve Heart Health

Did you know dark chocolate can be good for your heart?

I’m not talking candy bars here. We’re talking about Dark Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. As with anything regarding your health, quality is key and choose organic when possible.

 Here’s the nutritional break down for just 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate:

10 grams of fiber

120 mg of Magnesium

7 mg of Iron

50 mg of Calcium

600 Calories

…and so obviously, you don’t want to make a meal out of JUST dark chocolate but adding it here and there is a good source of nutrition that can improve your health.  Here are 3 Ways Dark Chocolate Improve Cardiovascular Health.

  1. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants take care of damaging particles in the body and keep us from getting sick. It’s loaded with polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins – all powerful antioxidants. Some studies have shown dark chocolate to rival the antioxidant properties of blueberries, specifically, the...
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Cholesterol: What is it? Part 2

Last week, I wrote about cholesterol and some of the basics. If you missed it, click here to catch up.

The first post touched on some of the basics of cholesterol and why it's needed in the body. In Cholesterol: What is it? Part 2, I'll touch on a couple of the myths associated with cholesterol by pointing out some myths that are widely held with regard to eating and your cholesterol levels. But first, let's take a look at statin drugs:

 Statin Therapy to Reduce Cholesterol:  It is estimated that the statin drug industry is bringing in well over $30 billion per year. This is climbing as more and more people, even kids, are being prescribed this medication. Why are they used? Statin drugs are used to block the pathway of cholesterol production in the liver. The only problem is there are several other pathways that are blocked as well. One of them is CoQ10. CoQ10 is a hugely important nutrient for your immune system AND heart health. CoQ10 is essential for maintaining heart...

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Kung Pao Chicken

I did it! I found another recipe that my whole family really likes. My daughter asked if I’d make some Kung Pao Chicken and since its one of my favorite dishes I was more than happy to oblige. I have made several Asian dishes but never this one. I searched for a great recipe on Pinterest and but apparently there are 1000 different Kung Pao Chicken recipes. I couldn’t find one that I really like so I came up with my own concoction. Shockingly, it worked! I think it would be good to try with additional veggies for more texture (I’m a huge texture fan) such as celery, pea pods, or even broccoli. You could also try cashews. I did keep out red chili peppers which is common in this dish because I needed to keep the heat out of this recipe for one my girls. This still has a little kick but it wasn’t too much, at least for my family. The best thing about this is that if you don’t have time to marinate the chicken for 30 minutes, it’ll still taste great....

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BEANLESS CHILI

chili gluten free recipes Feb 12, 2020

2 pounds grass fed ground beef
1 pound Italian sausage
2 (28 oz.) diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
2 green chilies chopped
4 pieces bacon (fried, drained and chopped)
1 cup beef broth (homemade if possible!)
¼ cup chili powder
1 TBS minced garlic
1 TBS dried oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 (8 oz.) block Cheddar cheese, shredded

Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground beef and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease. Pour in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, chili peppers, bacon bits, and beef broth. Season with chili powder, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika....

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What's cholesterol & why are we afraid of it?

Cholesterol has been a hot topic and has caused people much stress and confusion. First, eat eggs, then don’t eat eggs! Eat margarine, not butter – be very afraid of saturated fats. This is just the start of the confusion. The one thing that remains to be true is that you don’t have to look too far to find someone who has been prescribed a statin drug to lower that cholesterol. The remainder of this article answers some of the mystery behind this biochemical substance we all seem fear so much. This article answers the question, Cholesterol, What is it and why are we afraid of it?

 

First of all, what is cholesterol and what is its function in the body? Cholesterol is our body’s main repair mechanism. Cholesterol is produced by the liver in response to inflammation. It is sent to the site of inflammation in order to repair it. To put it another way, if fire is like inflammation, cholesterol is the firefighter. When our lipid panels come back with elevated...

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My Honest Review of Plexus

I often get asked if popular get-skinny-quick products are “good.”  The one I’ve been asked about a lot lately is Plexus, in particular the pink drink. This is, in part, is due to the crazy amount of advertising blasted all over facebook or other social media about the fabulous benefits of these products.

How can the reviews of the Plexus products be almost 100% positive? From what I can tell, there have been no 3rd party testing done. Seeing things over and over again like these positive testimonials and reviews all over social media leads to confirmation bias. It’s akin to the barrage of our fat-phobic advertising from the 90s that still persists today. We’ve heard it so much we believe it couldn’t possibly be true! This is where we have to be careful not to drink the proverbial Kool-Aid, or in this case, the "pink drink." Here is my Honest Review of Plexus.

I went to the website of this very popular product line. I looked at several of the...

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