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Chocoloate… once evil, now good!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, April 19, 2010

Since it seems we’re on a roll with this food thing, ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you…

Schizophrenic science!

That’s how I describe the “don’t eat this, that or the other foods” crowd.

First, eggs were evil, because it was discovered they had cholesterol! Then, we discovered there were two kinds of cholesterol. Then, eggs were okay. But afterward, those researchers never revealed they didn’t have all the information to begin with.

Then, wine, liquor, beer and other spiritous beverage was gonna’ kill you. Then researchers said it was some stuff in the skins of grapes, which made red wine okay to drink. Then, it was proanthocyanidins (commonly called Pycnogenol® – see? They have something they wanna’ sell to you! Please refer to my previous entry entitled “Eat me… Drink me… It’ll cure what ails you! (But by law, I can’t guarantee that.)“), which was found in the seeds, later found in pine bark. Then… they later learned it was simply the alcohol itself that was beneficial. So now, it’s okay to have a beer, glass of wine, or mixed drink. “But only in moderation!,” they emphasize.

Next thing, coffee was bad for you. Now, it’s good.

Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines were next up. Matter of fact, all fat was “evil!” Ban fat! Fat free this, that and the other. “No-cal,” “lo-cal,” all became the bywords of a gullible public. “All the flavor and zero calories!,” boasted some food and drink products. Lite (and less flavorful) beers followed suit. Then SMASH – Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines, Herring – were found to contain omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids… which are “good for your heart/ heart healthy.” So it was okay to eat fish again.

Then carbs were evil. But it was later discovered that it was a special kind of carbohydrate… it was the complex carbohydrates that were good, not the starchy kind.

After that, stay away from lard and all pork products! But there was a problem… hydrogenated oils – which naturally contain trans-fatty acids – were found to be culprits in significantly increasing blood fat (lipid) levels, and contributing to coronary artery disease. Out the door goes the Crisco and margarine. Hello butter and lard!

Then, chocolate – for years, ever-maligned and blamed for everything from zits on teens and adults, to PMS (ever notice how you never hear about that anymore?) weight gain and premature aging – suddenly has become your friend again.

But only the dark kind.

Now, research findings from Spain and France (don’t they – and the Italians – have all the good food?) have been delivered to the European Association for the Study of the Liver 45th annual Congress in Vienna, indicating that dark chocolate has demonstrated efficacy (that means “it works”) in lowering portal hypertension (high blood pressure in the liver) for folks in end-stage liver disease (cirrhosis). Cirrhosis is a hardening of the liver from scar tissue, and frequently results from alcohol abuse or hepatitis infection.

First, rice was good, then white rice was bad, while brown or wild rice was good, or even better?

Ever notice how the unprocessed foods seem to have benefits that highly processed foods do not?

We’re told that tobacco is evil – particularly cigarettes – while cigars are not as evil. I’m still waiting for science to tell me that maduro or oscuro cigars are good.

In the mean time, I’m looking for a dark-skinned woman to enjoy my oscuro cigars, black beans with wild rice, turtle pie, and Jack Daniel’s whiskey with me. You know what they say! “The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice!”

Bon apétit!

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