o Chocolate also contains antibacterial substances that fight off S. mutans Certain people claim that they get migraines after eating chocolate Chocolate is useful in suppressing cough o It is high in sugar which tends to smoothen the throat o Contains theobromine – an antitussive so it suppresses the cough signal at the level of the brain Can be poisonous to small animals – they don’t have the ability to metabolize theobromine Chocolate is high in fat but one type of the fat (stearic acid) in chocolate is neutral in terms of increasing blood cholesterol levels o HDL cholesterol – good cholesterol o LDL cholesterol – bad cholesterol o Oxidized LDL cholesterol – ugly cholesterol (component of plaque) Chocolate is rich in antioxidants, specifically Flavanols, which prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol into oxidized LDL cholesterol o The darker the chocolate, the better it is o Chocolate is a better source of antioxidants than red wine Chocolate increases levels of nitric oxide (NO), which lowers blood pressure CocoaVia – Mars company created supplements high in Flavanols, did not do well commercially Video 6 Study showed that chocolate increases the blood flow to the brain, which supposedly improves cognitive properties o Strong positive correlation between per capita chocolate consumption and Nobel prize winners “Chocoholic” o 15% of men and 40% of women say that they are addicted to chocolate o Chocolate contains caffeine, theobromine, and sugar but we don’t get addicted to this o Studies have shown that chocolate contains Anandamide, which means “bliss” The effect of Anandamide is similar to the effect of marijuana It is possible that chocolate is an aphrodisiac o Chocolate increases levels of nitric oxide, which is a vasodilator Viagra also works by increasing nitric oxide Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (P.E.A.) o Studies that shown that people who are addicted to love produce a lot of phenylethylamine in their brains o The phenylethylamine in chocolate cannot penetrate the blood-brain barrier (it stops at the hips) Lesson 2: Weight Control I Video 1
Lewis Carrol – The Walrus and The Carpenter o ‘But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried, ‘before we have our chat, for some of us are out of breath, and all of us are fat!’ Average weight in the United States o 1960 – 166lbs for men; 140lbs for women o 2010 – 196lbs for men; 166lbs for women Perception of how much weight is going up is much lower than how much weight is actually going up Hippocrates – “Those desiring to lose weight should perform hard work before food. They should take their meals after exertion and while still panting from fatigue. They should, moreover, eat only once a day and take no baths and sleep on a hard bed and walk naked as long as possible.” How to “lose weight” o Reducing soap diet o Miracle herbs that melt fat away o Fat burning chocolate bars o The fat blocker diet o The cellulite dissolver o
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