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Chocolate Takes a Bite Out of Heart Disease

Studies show that eating chocolate (especially dark chocolate), can be good for your circulatory system.  However, a German insurance company may be taking these claims a bit too seriously.  They're urging clients to eat more chocolate in order to reduce the risk of heart attacks.  Sounds a bit extreme to us.   And think about this:  binging on chocolate can cause acne and weight gain -- two things that may actually be  stressful enough to bring on heart attacks! 

Olive Oil Earns Bragging Rights

Chocolate isn't the only food that's recently been "outed" as  good-for-your-heart.   Last week the FDA announced that the monosaturated fat found in extra virgin olive oil may reduce the chances of heart disease.  The new health claims may soon start to appear on labels.  Hooray for olive oil!  And all these years Popeye thought it was spinach that made him healthy.

Heftier Passengers = Heftier Airfares?!

Overstuffed suitcases aren't the only things weighing down planes, causing them to burn more fuel and, in turn, raise airfares.  Chubbier travelers are also to blame.  A recent study found that expanding waistlines caused airlines to spend $275 million on extra fuel just to carry the additional weight of pudgier passengers.  How are the airlines trying to combat this excess weight?  By using plastic cutlery instead of metal, by providing thinner magazines, and by installing seats made of lighter materials.  What if airlines start weighing passengers upon check-in?  Eeeks!  Amtrack here we come!

Announcing:  The Protein Brownie!

Brownies and blondies with just 170 calories, 15g of protein, 2 net carbs and no trans fats?!  Can it be?   NJoy Nutrition, the makers of Power Protein Cookies, is releasing these chewy, healthy snacks online this week and in stores next month.  We haven't tried these too-good-to-be-true sounding treats yet -- but our shipment's in the mail.  More on this breaking brownie news as it develops...

CHEW ON THIS:
Yesterday was National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.  Knowing what we now know about the healthy benefits of chocolate, you may want to have a (small) belated celebration!

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