Chocolate has been part of the human diet for at least 4,000 years. It was introduced to OUR world by Christopher Columbus, after his fourth voyage to the New World in 1502. Researchers estimate that the typical American consumes over 10 pounds of chocolate every year, with those living on the West Coast eating the most. Wouldn’t it be great if only chocolate were considered healthy? Well it IS!
In fact, chocolate is a great source of substances that scientists think might impart important health benefits, because it contains compounds called “flavanols” that appear to play a variety of bodily roles including those related to their potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions (which can reduce the risk of cancer). Dark chocolate, which contains higher levels of flavanols than milk chocolate, may protect against the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure, blood flow, and improving blood lipid levels.
So indulge in DARK chocolate for dessert, but what should you have for supper? Pizza! Oregano, the common pizza and pasta seasoning herb, has long been known to possess a variety of beneficial health effects, and a new study indicates that an ingredient of this spice could potentially be used to treat prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in American men.
Researcher Supriya Bavadekar says, "Some researchers have previously shown that eating pizza may cut down cancer risk. This effect has been mostly attributed to lycopene, a substance found in tomato sauce, but we now feel that even the oregano seasoning may play a role. If the study continues to yield positive results, this super-spice may represent a very promising therapy for patients with prostate cancer."
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