Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Dark chocolate may help the heart and waistline. Now scientists have figured out one reason why: Bacteria in the gut turn cocoa into compounds that lower inflammation and make us feel full.
A study that seems to suggest a daily cocoa habit helps aid the brain doesn’t actually tell us much. But don’t fret, chocoholics. Other research offers more promising evidence of the health benefits of chocolate.
Antioxidants in foods may have health benefits, but it’s not one size fits all. Having a diet high in overall antioxidant levels didn’t prevent stroke and dementia in one recent study, although eating more vitamin C and E specifically did seem to help.