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  • Food for Thought

    A Gut Feeling about Coffee

    Earlier this year, Spanish researchers unveiled coffee as a notable source of soluble fiber. Now, a team in Germany confirms the finding and shows that beneficial gut microbes can easily digest the coffee-bean fiber left in brewed liquid and extract its energy for their growth. Because the waste products of that digestion—also called fermentation—can repel some disease-causing bacteria, the...

    07/26/2007 - 11:49 Nutrition
  • Food for Thought

    Chocolate as Sunscreen

    As if you needed another reason to eat chocolate, German researchers have shown that ingesting types rich in cocoa solids and flavonoids—dark chocolate—can fight skin cancer. Their findings are preliminary because they come from a trial of just 24 women who were recruited to add cocoa to their breakfasts every day for about 3 months.

    Half the women drank hot cocoa containing...

    06/07/2006 - 16:09 Nutrition
  • Food for Thought

    Prescription Strength Chocolate, Revisited

    For roughly a decade, science-savvy chocolate consumers have taken comfort from a string of studies suggesting that their sweet and usually high-fat vice has a potential up side. The most reassuring news was that the antioxidant flavonoids abundant in dark chocolate appear to reduce blood pressure and perhaps protect people from dangerous blood clots.

    At the Cocoa Symposium...

    02/23/2006 - 18:52 Nutrition
  • Food for Thought

    Can Chocolate Fight Diabetes, Too?

    You don't have to like Willy Wonka to wish you had your own chocolate factory. Americans consume about 1.5 million metric tons of chocolate confectionery products each year, and they spend nearly $10 billion to do so.

    Perhaps that's not enough. Chocolate manufacturers seem increasingly to be aiming at a new market: health foods. Some new and soon-to-be-released chocolate...

    08/10/2005 - 14:07 Nutrition
  • Food for Thought

    Bread and Chocolate, No Longer D-Minimus

    Last of a three-part series on the sunshine vitamin

    Part I: Season Affects Cancer-Surgery Survival

    Part II: Understanding Vitamin D Deficiency

    How do you get people to take a big dose of vitamin D? One midwestern company thinks the answer is to put the sunshine vitamin in bread—and chocolate. The firm, Natural Ovens Bakery, is responding to growing...

    05/03/2005 - 19:46 Nutrition
  • Food for Thought

    Got Diabetes? Try Ditching Caffeine

    Two studies published last March in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that heavy coffee drinkers—those typically downing 6 or more cups of the brew per day—face a lower risk of diabetes than persons drinking 2 cups or less. The authors of those studies didn't pull out the impacts of decaffeinated coffee because too few participants reported drinking it.


    08/04/2004 - 13:25 Biomedicine
  • Food for Thought

    Cardiovascular Showdown—Chocolate vs. Coffee

    Chocolate and coffee seem to go together perfectly. Think of a double-shot mocha at the corner coffee shop. Yet, the two ingredients appear to have opposite effects on a person's arteries, according to two new studies. Chocolate is good for them, whereas coffee—or at least its caffeine—does damage.

    Two teams of cardiologists from Greece presented the findings...

    05/27/2004 - 18:45 Nutrition