Men often bring chocolate to a woman for very good — if sometimes subconscious — reasons. The classic stereotype of a woman reaching for a chocolate bar in moments of emotional stress has a basis in fact. And you need not feel guilty when you reach for the Godiva or the Hershey bar. Yes, ladies, chocolate is actually good for your health. Chocolate can help make you smarter, thinner, less stressed and less likely to develop diabetes, or to have a heart attack or stroke.
It may be something of a cliché, but it is true that “you are what you eat.” Not all foods are equally nutritious. It is important to know which foods are best to eat for the most benefit. There are several powerful foods you should eat for optimizing health, maximizing metabolism and helping you to look younger.
Starting in the 1990s, Americans became obsessed with low fat diets, and experts proclaimed that eating less fat was the ticket to everything from smaller waistlines to healthier hearts. Now, over twenty years later, the obesity rate in America has doubled and nutritionists and fitness experts alike are revisiting the role of fats in a wholesome diet. Today, most have come to understand that some dietary fats are not just safe – they are also an essential part of any weight loss plan, a powerful preventative against cardiac disease, and an important regulator of memory and emotion. Here are a few facts about fats that will help you separate the healthy from the dangerous: