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Eating Chocolate is Associated with Reduced Heart Disease

It’s possible that people who like to eat chocolate do something else that offers heart protection, like eat a wide variety of healthful foods. Harvard Health Blog –June 16, 2015 –Howard LeWine, M.D. If you’re a chocoholic, the news out of England is tantalizing: middle-aged and older adults who eat up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day (that’s more than two standard Hershey bars) seem to have lower rates of heart disease than those who spurn chocolate. At least…

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Green Tea May Lower Heart Disease Risk

A study of 40,530 Japanese adults found that participants who drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a 26% lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke [Note that correlation is not cause and effect; tea drinkers may have other characteristics that are cardioprotective] Harvard Heart Letter December, 2012 Lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease may be as easy as drinking green tea. Studies suggest this light, aromatic tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides,…

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Frequent Spicy Food Consumption Linked with Longer Lfe

People who eat spicy foods nearly every day have a 14% chance of living longer than those who consume spicy foods less than once a week, according to a new study Harvard School of Public Health –August 4, 2015 – Regular spicy food eaters also are less likely to die from cancer and heart and respiratory diseases than those who eat spicy foods infrequently. “The findings are highly novel,” said Lu Qi, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at…

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Salty Diet Kills Good Gut Bacteria

Excessive salt intake wipes out levels of good bacteria in the gut and this can cause blood pressure to rise, a German study has found. From SBS News November 16, 2017 Research has found a high-salt diet reduced levels of Lactobacillus bacteria in mice and increased production of immune cells linked to high blood pressure. Excessive salt intake wipes out levels of good bacteria in the gut and this can cause blood pressure to rise, a German study has found.…

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Processed Meats and Heart Issues

Men who ate the most processed red meat had a 28 percent higher risk of heart failure compared to men who ate the least. Processed red meat linked to higher risk of heart failure, death in men American Heart Association –June 12, 2014 — Men who eat moderate amounts of processed red meat may have an increased risk of incidence and death from heart failure, according to a study in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal. Processed meats…

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