Plain chocolate could help your heart
Not a license to chow down
A tiny helping of dark chocolate could help keep your heart healthy, a study suggests.
Researchers from the University of Cologne studied the effect of a very small amount of chocolate, eaten every day, on the blood pressure of four adults with borderline high blood pressure.
Each participant was given a square of dark chocolate, containing 30 milligrams of polyphenols, every day. The researchers report that the average blood pressure fell, without any increase in weight.
Lead author Dr Dirk Taubert, a University of Cologne researcher, says this fall in blood pressure might be enough for patients to see a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, but stresses that the study did not go on for long enough to be sure.
Not such good news for the chocolate companies, this one. But it was financed by the University Hospital in Cologne, so that isn't such a shock. The results are reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ®
Re: It may be called chocolate...
Actually, the original food, as prepared by the Aztecs and other Meso-American indians, from where the Europeans even got the name Xocoatl, was a pretty bitter concoction of mostly pure cacao beans. I know that the EU members have some dispute over what exactly constitutes a modern chocolate product, but this is intended for market and trade controls, and has no bearing on the actual definition and etymology of the word.
In my own personal opinion, higher grade and darker chocolate is immensely superior to the "common" kind. And I even appreciate superbly exotic twists on the original version, flavored with chili and other herbs and spices.
Tennis Courts Please
Those of us who read the broadsheets would like it in relation to tennis courts please, not like the tabloid riff-raff with their football pitches (which vary in size).
As squares can be varying sizes can we have the exact piece dimensions in relation to football pitches?