Eating Habits, Health, Politics and Chocolate!

HOME & FOOD on DivineCaroline.com
According to a behavioral food expert, we aren't just what we eat—we're how we eat, too.

When it comes to eating habits, I’m definitely my father’s daughter. He taught me that mixing food together creates a sloppy mess that looks unappetizing, but tantalizes the taste buds in a thousand different ways. My mom, on the other hand, enjoys each side dish separately. She can’t fathom my love for mingling flavors any more than I understand her stringent “one flavor at a time” policy. ...
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... Eating Habits and Personality: A Surprising Connection; by Vicky Santillano

Health on the NYTimes.com
Study links chocolate consumption, heart attack survival - Swedish researchers have found evidence that people who consume chocolate are more likely to survive after a heart attack, and increased consumption might result in greater protection. Chocolate contains flavonoid antioxidants, which are believed to have cardiovascular benefits, but the study is observational and doesn't prove cause and effect.
In a study that will provide comfort to chocoholics everywhere, researchers in Sweden have found evidence that people who eat chocolate have increased survival rates after a heart attack — and ...
Full Story: In One Study, a Heart Benefit for Chocolate; By NICHOLAS BAKALAR


Food Politics on Gourmet.com
After 10 years of promises, protocols, and initiatives, the children of West Africa remain at the mercy of the cocoa industry.

As the rescue of 54 child slaves from cocoa (and palm) plantations in the Ivory Coast earlier this summer made clear—and as a report issued last Thursday by the Department of Labor confirms—the world’s chocolate industry continues to harbor an astonishingly dirty secret. This despite what was meant to be a decade of meaningful change.
In 2001, after reports began to emerge about the grueling conditions in which hundreds of thousands of minors were working on the plantations in West Africa, ....
Full Story: Blood and Chocolate; by Jocelyn C. Zuckerman
Photo: Cocoa Beans; Current.com


More Interesting Links!
~ Life and Style - We all know that if something looks too good to be true it probably isn't, and the mouth-watering imagery used to sell food never is. Advertising vs Reality; Guardian.co.uk

~ Tips for creating an eco-friendly kitchen - To boost the eco-friendliness of your kitchen, consider buying locally grown ingredients and cutting back on processed foods. Your climate-friendly kitchen; OregonLive.com

~ Well - Many patients with asthma know that their illness can vary with the seasons. Asthma Attacks Linked With Weather; NYTimes.com

~ Environment - Even "low-carbon" corn ethanol has a far higher carbon footprint than fuel made from landfill waste, trees, switch-grass or sugar cane. Screw Corn Ethanol! California to Fuel Future with Garbage; Seriosamente Parlando

~ Food & Drink - Perhaps a down economy is driving frequent restaurant-goers and takeout mavens into the kitchen. Traffic is Cooking at Allrecipes.com; Reports & Notes





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