Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fantastic Breaking News for Easter: Studies Indicate - Chocolate PREVENTS HEART ATTACKS, STROKE & Lowers Blood Pressure!

Daily chocolate may keep the heart doctor away
Advice to all Male Readers -- Please buy your sweety Chocolates for Easter this weekend!!
CNN Health reports:
Eating as little as a quarter of an ounce of chocolate each day -- an amount equal to about one small Easter egg -- may lower your risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke, a new study has found. For best results, the chocolate should be dark, experts say. "Dark chocolate exhibits the greatest effects, milk chocolate fewer, and white chocolate no effects," says the lead author of the study, Brian Buijsse, a nutritional epidemiologist at the German Institute of Human Nutrition, in Nuthetal, Germany. In the study, Buijsse and his colleagues followed nearly 20,000 people for an average of eight years. The researchers surveyed the study participants about their chocolate consumption (as well as the rest of their diet), and also tracked the heart attacks and strokes that occurred in the group. Compared with people who rarely ate chocolate (about one bar per month), the people who ate the most chocolate (slightly more than one bar per week) had a 27 percent and 48 percent reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, respectively, the researchers found.
Health.com: How to make chocolate a healthy indulgence
The heart benefits observed in the study may be due in part to lower blood pressure, the study notes. Previous studies have suggested that eating chocolate can lower blood pressure, and the researchers observed a similar -- though less pronounced -- association in this study.


Vicente Duque said...

This is a beautiful post and I love everything about foods and beverages.

I prefer my chocolate in liquid form at breakfast, specially when it is cold.

So small quantities of red wine and chocolate are fine for our health ... I am sure that the same is true for coffee, my favorite beverage at breakfast and at five O' Clock in the afternoon.


Vicente Duque said...

"The Root" : Blacks are extremely successful in Football and Basketball, but are abandoning Baseball - Their space in Baseball is filled by Latinos - Why ??

Note : many of the new Latinos in baseball are as Black in color as the African Americans, so this is a sociological problem and should not be confused as only a problem of phenotypes and constitution of bodies : that is percentages of muscle and fat in arms and legs.

I agree that superior phenotypes and superior physiology has lifted the Black Race to great heights in many sports in which such fibers and muscles are necessary. And not only that but remember a guy called Tiger Woods ?? .... He is great in the lawns and in bed !

But my focus is on the Sociology of why a kid wants to dedicate his life to a particular sport like baseball. In principle it seems absurd that Latinos want baseball since gloves, bats, balls, caps, uniforms, fields, etc .... are very expensive.

The Root
Torii Hunter Was Right About Baseball
Why his comments about black and Latino representation were on the mark, if badly worded.
By Deron Snyder
March 15, 2010

Torii Hunter Was Right About Baseball


Some excerpts :

Baseball was once a popular choice among African-American professional athletes who constituted about 27 percent of all major-leaguers in 1975. But the numbers have declined steadily since, down to about 9 percent on last year's Opening Day rosters. That's the point All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter tried to make recently, though his choice of words in USA Today ignited a firestorm of criticism.

"People see dark faces (on the field), and the perception is that they're African-American," Hunter told the paper during a roundtable discussion. "They're not us. They're imposters." He was referring to Major League Baseball's ever-growing number of Latin American players, players such as former teammate Vladimir Guerrero, a native of the Dominican Republic, with skin as dark as Hunter's. "Even people I know come up and say: 'Hey, what color is (Guerrero)? Is he a black player?' I say, 'Come on, he's Dominican. He's not black.'"

Sure, young black men prefer football and basketball, but so what? After all, about 80 percent of NBA players and 70 percent of NFL players are black. Is it a problem that so few players in those leagues are white

Latin American youth overcome those obstacles through a burning, endearing love of the game (playing on horrendous "fields" with balls of rolled-up tape and broomsticks for bats, if necessary), and the idea that baseball is their ticket out of poverty--much like black youth view football and hoops. Major League Baseball teams scour Latin American countries for talent and find no shortage of brown-skinned wannabes.

Forget about the potential for pro-contracts and college scholarships, unquestionable perks available to a select few. The benefits of baseball--or any sport--go far beyond possible monetary gain and free tuition, and that should be the focus when adults encourage youth to play. Like other sports, baseball can offer youth fun and experiences in commitment, sacrifice, perseverance and sportsmanship. It's a fine alternative to football and basketball, even though those sports are considered way cooler.

That's one reason advocates of less-popular sports are always on the lookout for potential players. At this very moment, the next great fencers could be waiting for an introduction to the sport. Even if they never win Olympic gold, their lives--and fencing--will be enriched by their participation. Just as baseball--every fan and every player--is enriched when the sport casts it net as wide as possible.


Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque said...

Ideas for Peace, Kindness and Humanity for Easter Sunday and the Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

Dear Dee :

If this is very silly, inappropriate or off topic then please delete it and I won't be angry . But this year I want to be more peaceful and not waste time and heart arguing with people :

First commandment of the Internet - Respect other guys and don't destroy their ideas, even if they are 100% wrong, gather yourself with the best and not with the worst. Correligionaires and Cofrades

First Commandment :

Do not enter to the pages of other internauts or internet surfers to destroy their ideas with verbal violence, or with strong mad arguing and derisive comments, do not use insults and ugly names, do not be stubborn arguing against the owner of a page, blog or website.

Do not use humor to ridicule the other guy, do not laugh at a commentator or the owner of blog or page.

If you do not agree with the other guy, then leave him alone in his pages or blogs with his friends, his sectarians and bigots, with the narrow-minded partisans of his ideas, and with the fanatic zealots that believe the same ideology or doctrine.

It is useless to discuss with the dogmatic rigid sectarians. Great Philosophers have warned us against doing that, because the other guy will become more stubborn and fossilized in his beliefs.

In other languages different from English they are called correligionaires and cofrades, which means those that have the same religion or that belong to the same religious convent, monastery, religious order, prayer group, etc ...

I do not know what is the translation to English of Correligionaire and of Cofrade, Cofradia is a religious house or little group for praying or acting. ( usually Catholics ), by extension it is a little group of sectarians. Cofradia means those that are brothers ( from Frater in Latin, meaning brother ) ... This word was very popular in the Middle Ages.

Other Great Philosophers have warned us against the Great Abundance of Foolishness in the World : "The number of fools is infinite", .... "To the palace of the Gods, the Goddess Stupidity goes every day and wastes their time" ....

Those are ( in very changed form ) ideas, expressions and aphorisms of Goethe and Schiller. I am not giving the exact phrase.

As the guy that operates a very controversial site called RACIALITY.COM I should be very acquainted with insults and with stubborn obssesive madmen that want to argue until the day of the final judgment. I just erase their comments and posts.

Better to be alone than in the company of fools !...


Vicente Duque

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