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Andrew49
29-08-2011, 10:34 AM
CHOCOHOLICS will be licking their lips thanks to a new study showing their favourite food could have even more health benefits than previously thought. Researchers found that high levels of chocolate consumption could cut a person's chances of developing heart problems by more than one third. The findings follow previous studies touting chocolate's ability to reduce blood pressure, improve brain function and lower cholesterol.

Dieticians Association of Australia (DAA) and the National Heart Foundation of Australia spokeswoman Julie Gilbert said people should limit themselves to 20 grams or four small squares of chocolate a day.
"We don't know why it's so good for our heart and there's more research to do. But for some people it makes them feel good and that's an important thing because it may stop them from over-eating other things that contribute to weight gain like takeaways or doughnuts."

Read more: HERE (http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/chocolate-good-for-the-heart-report/story-e6frfku0-1226124768291#ixzz1WPOoVoOJ)

I always four two squares of Bournville (dark chocolate) before I begin exercises. Not as an energy boost but more to help me feel good. As with all stories praising chocolate there are a few warnings in the report.

TotalMayhem
29-08-2011, 10:38 AM
They have their agents everywhere... ;)

http://i.imgur.com/5YaFT.jpg

Andrew49
29-08-2011, 11:33 AM
They have their agents everywhere... ;)

http://i.imgur.com/5YaFT.jpg

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c135/theknitter/dangerdanger1.jpg

TotalMayhem
29-08-2011, 12:01 PM
Have you seen the Han Solo In Carbonite Ice Cube Tray (http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/e845/?cpg=cj&ref=&CJURL=&CJID=2470763) (which also works with chocolate)? :D

http://i.imgur.com/EFv7Y.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KTkwL.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/pHpAw.jpg

Holly
29-08-2011, 12:27 PM
Any boy could have told you that, Andrew.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j480/rogerduke1/chocolate.jpg

C. Flower
29-08-2011, 12:33 PM
Any boy could have told you that, Andrew.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j480/rogerduke1/chocolate.jpg

It's not all good news - apparently, women think about chocolate more than they do about sex...

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-20/man-woman/29793831_1_max-brenner-chocolate-depressed-women

Andrew49
29-08-2011, 12:45 PM
Seems now it's safe for me to indulge myself COMPLETELY!

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c135/theknitter/cmmf.jpg

PaddyJoe
29-08-2011, 06:21 PM
It's not all good news - apparently, women think about chocolate more than they do about sex...

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-20/man-woman/29793831_1_max-brenner-chocolate-depressed-women

Except Sinead O'Connor ;-)

Andrew49
29-08-2011, 06:37 PM
Except Sinead O'Connor ;-)

Sinead did have her own record label: Chocolate and Vanilla! Her first reggae album went out on that label ... her mission then was to rescue God from religion.

Wasn't her most famous song Nothing Compares To Chocolate?

5intheface
29-08-2011, 07:47 PM
The Undertones More Songs About Chocolate and Girls - YouTube

The Undertones - Mars Bars. - YouTube

Baron von Biffo
29-08-2011, 07:57 PM
Wasn't her most famous song Nothing Compares To Chocolate?

Naw, it was Nothing Compares to Ewes. A song for soldiers stationed in the Curragh. ;)

morticia
29-08-2011, 08:00 PM
It's not all good news - apparently, women think about chocolate more than they do about sex...


That one has been thrown up a number of times, but I think it probably has to do with which of the two is currently unavailable.

If you asked single women out on the prowl, they'd probably not be giving the choccies a second thought (see Sinead O'Connor comment).

However, if you're married and on a diet, it's the CHOCOLATE you're not allowed to have. The other is available on demand, therefore you don't have to expend vast amounts of energy thinking about where to get it.

Think about it..... study seriously prone to sampling error, depending on demographic.

TotalMayhem
29-08-2011, 09:18 PM
The other is available on demand

http://i.imgur.com/G1F8n.jpg

fluffybiscuits
29-08-2011, 09:42 PM
I just had half a giant bar of Milka, that stuff in lidl to bloody die for! Burp!!!!!!!!!!!

Andrew49
29-08-2011, 09:47 PM
That one has been thrown up a number of times, but I think it probably has to do with which of the two is currently unavailable.

The other is available on demand, therefore you don't have to expend vast amounts of energy thinking about where to get it.


Sex on tap! I've heard of that, but have you seen my badge?

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c135/theknitter/tapdance.jpg

TotalMayhem
29-08-2011, 09:54 PM
I just had half a giant bar of Milka, that stuff in lidl to bloody die for! Burp!!!!!!!!!!!

My favourite. ;)

http://i.imgur.com/rPqQk.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ks4IN.jpg

Andrew49
29-08-2011, 10:10 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c135/theknitter/ontap.jpg

fluffybiscuits
29-08-2011, 10:11 PM
My favourite. ;)

http://i.imgur.com/rPqQk.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ks4IN.jpg


In town in the Bon Crubeen they do a Tobleroine cocktail, making me want one now!

5intheface
29-08-2011, 10:29 PM
My favourite. ;)

http://i.imgur.com/rPqQk.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ks4IN.jpg

Always had a deep seated mistrust of that stuff because it sounded too much like Tobermore.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobermore

What's with Toblerone and airports btw?

oldmanriver
30-08-2011, 12:01 AM
Truffles, white chocolate and almost all of Thorntons....Hmmm

Murra
30-08-2011, 01:40 AM
Ok, children jumping up and down, behave for a second please!

Its too late at night for me to go searching for links, but I believe the research you're talking about is about the cocoa content of dark chocolate - the higher the content, the better the chocolate. In fact, Lidl do some pretty inexpensive dark chocolate with 75% cocoa content. Its supposed to be as beneficial as a glass of red wine a day.

Holly
30-08-2011, 08:29 AM
Did you know that because Toblerone began in the city of Bern (the bear being the heraldic animal of the seal and coat of arms of Bern from at least the 1220s) there is a bear hidden in the Matterhorn mountain logo?

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j480/rogerduke1/toblerone_logo.jpg

C. Flower
30-08-2011, 09:22 AM
That one has been thrown up a number of times, but I think it probably has to do with which of the two is currently unavailable.

If you asked single women out on the prowl, they'd probably not be giving the choccies a second thought (see Sinead O'Connor comment).

However, if you're married and on a diet, it's the CHOCOLATE you're not allowed to have. The other is available on demand, therefore you don't have to expend vast amounts of energy thinking about where to get it.

Think about it..... study seriously prone to sampling error, depending on demographic.

If in doubt, compromise...

http://www.zappos.com/multiview/7648934/1871#autoplay

Andrew49
30-08-2011, 09:26 AM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c135/theknitter/Chocolate-Magnet-C12233205.jpg

TotalMayhem
30-08-2011, 09:42 AM
http://i.imgur.com/mssXC.jpg

fluffybiscuits
30-08-2011, 11:55 AM
Ok, children jumping up and down, behave for a second please!

Its too late at night for me to go searching for links, but I believe the research you're talking about is about the cocoa content of dark chocolate - the higher the content, the better the chocolate. In fact, Lidl do some pretty inexpensive dark chocolate with 75% cocoa content. Its supposed to be as beneficial as a glass of red wine a day.

It takes horrible! I cant stand the stuff tastes very bitter IMO!

morticia
01-09-2011, 09:01 PM
http://i.imgur.com/G1F8n.jpg

I was merely suggesting that if you're married and worried about your weight, it's the chocolate that's the forbidden item.....

and human psychology being what it is, you spend more time thinking about what you think you shouldn't be having......presumably, if you want to stay married, sex is something you SHOULD be having???

Whatever floats one's boat, I suppose.....

Andrew49
23-10-2011, 05:57 PM
Not Cuppa Soup but Chocolate Mug Cake

Serves: 1 ... any more bring a bigger mug.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons butter flavour infused rice bran oil, or butter
teaspoon vanilla essence or peppermint
1 tablespoon choc chips

1 large mug and a microwave oven

Preparation method

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 3 mins

1. Add dry ingredients to the mug, and mix well.

2. Crack an egg and add it to your mug. Be sure to mix it well to avoid any pockets of flour in the corners. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the vanilla essence.

3. Pop your mug into the microwave & zap for 3 minutes on maximum power (1000watt). Wait until the cake stops rising, and sets in the mug.

4. If necessary, run a knife around the sides of the mug, and tip the still warm cake out of the mug and onto a saucer.

Only 900 calories!

carolmon
23-10-2011, 06:45 PM
I must be one of the few women around that doesn't like chocolate..........since sex and chocolate associations go hand in hand it worries me sometimes :confused:

I do occasionally like white choc esp white toblerone though I'm reliably informed that's not really chocolate since it contains no cocoa.

Anyway give me icecream any day that deserves another thread :)

Fraxinus
23-10-2011, 08:06 PM
Not Cuppa Soup but Chocolate Mug Cake

Serves: 1 ... any more bring a bigger mug.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons butter flavour infused rice bran oil, or butter
teaspoon vanilla essence or peppermint
1 tablespoon choc chips

1 large mug and a microwave oven

Preparation method

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 3 mins

1. Add dry ingredients to the mug, and mix well.

2. Crack an egg and add it to your mug. Be sure to mix it well to avoid any pockets of flour in the corners. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the vanilla essence.

3. Pop your mug into the microwave & zap for 3 minutes on maximum power (1000watt). Wait until the cake stops rising, and sets in the mug.

4. If necessary, run a knife around the sides of the mug, and tip the still warm cake out of the mug and onto a saucer.

Only 900 calories!

That sounds unbelievable Andrew....you've just made my day!

Baron von Biffo
23-10-2011, 08:15 PM
I must be one of the few women around that doesn't like chocolate..........since sex and chocolate associations go hand in hand it worries me sometimes :confused:

http://assets0.wordansassets.com/wordansfiles/products/2011/6/13/190251/skin_190251_original.jpg?1308002168

Not your laptop then? :)

fluffybiscuits
24-10-2011, 12:19 PM
Not Cuppa Soup but Chocolate Mug Cake

Serves: 1 ... any more bring a bigger mug.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons butter flavour infused rice bran oil, or butter
teaspoon vanilla essence or peppermint
1 tablespoon choc chips

1 large mug and a microwave oven

Preparation method

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 3 mins

1. Add dry ingredients to the mug, and mix well.

2. Crack an egg and add it to your mug. Be sure to mix it well to avoid any pockets of flour in the corners. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the vanilla essence.

3. Pop your mug into the microwave & zap for 3 minutes on maximum power (1000watt). Wait until the cake stops rising, and sets in the mug.

4. If necessary, run a knife around the sides of the mug, and tip the still warm cake out of the mug and onto a saucer.

Only 900 calories!



Heart attack here I come ! ;)...:D

Andrew49
24-10-2011, 12:56 PM
I must be one of the few women around that doesn't like chocolate..........since sex and chocolate associations go hand in hand it worries me sometimes :confused:

I do occasionally like white choc esp white toblerone though I'm reliably informed that's not really chocolate since it contains no cocoa.

Anyway give me icecream any day that deserves another thread :)

Never fear Carol, there is help available.

http://i.imgur.com/APcFF.jpg

Link (http://vi.sualize.us/view/8f40fa58f23cc60bc28fe029d49396cd/)

Andrew49
30-08-2012, 05:38 PM
Chocolate may protect the brain from stroke

A study following more than 37,000 Swedish men showed those eating the most chocolate were the least likely to have a stroke. It follows on from other studies that have suggested eating chocolate can improve the health of the heart. Everyone taking part in the study was asked about their eating habits and their health was monitored for a decade. They were split into four groups based on the amount of chocolate, with the bottom group eating, on average, no chocolate each week and the top group having 63g (2.2oz) - slightly more than an average bar. Comparing the top and bottom groups showed those eating the most chocolate were 17% less likely to have a stroke during the study, published in the journal Neurology. One of the researchers, Prof Susanna Larsson, from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said: "The beneficial effect of chocolate consumption on stroke may be related to the flavonoids in chocolate.


"Flavonoids appear to be protective against cardiovascular disease through antioxidant, anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory properties. It's also possible that flavonoids in chocolate may decrease blood concentrations of bad cholesterol and reduce blood pressure."
Swedish Study: Chocolate may protect the brain from stroke (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19402143)

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c135/theknitter/tuheartchoc.jpg