Whew, I noticed that it’s been since September that I’ve posted anything. I have a stack of potential articles for review and comment, so I should have enough content for at least several weeks.
You’ve probably seen that the RealAge site is a favorite of mine. Once again they have an article regarding antioxidants and their action to decrease inflammation. They also mention dark chocolate!
Here’s a link to the original article:
I don’t think you’ll see anything you didn’t already know, but as a wise man once said “The key to learning is repetition.” And he just said it again!
The article points out that the following foods are heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Olive oil
- Foods with magnesium (whole grains, soybeans, lima beans, avocados and beets)
- Dark chocolate
I know over the last couple of months I’ve slipped somewhat on the number servings of fruits and vegetables I eat each day. I’ve committed to eating more veggies. I’ve done a pretty good job of replacing unhealthy fats with healthy ones. Between eating fish and taking pharmaceutical-grade fish oil, I get at least the minimum recommended amount of Omega-3 oils. We use olive oil almost exclusively in our house now. I eat small amounts of dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) daily. I rarely eat white bread.
The article recommends 25% of your diet to come from healthy fats. Since the guideline is for total fat consumption to be 30% or less, there isn’t much room for anything but healthy fats!