Dark chocolate enriched with olive oil is good for your heart, study suggests

Dark chocolate enriched with olive oil is good for your heart, study suggests

Chocolate is so often demonised as being bad for your teeth and waistline but the fact is that, in moderation, it can have some pretty surprising health benefits– especially when it comes to your heart. A new Italian study has found that a daily serving of dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil boosted participants’ cardiovascular health and lowered the risk of potentially fatal problems later in life. Couple this with previous studies suggesting that the sweet treat can also reduce stress and even prevent diabetes, and chocolate is well on its way…

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Want a healthy heart? Eat small portions of dark chocolate having extra virgin olive oil every day

Want a healthy heart? Eat small portions of dark chocolate having extra virgin olive oil every day

Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil may improve your heart health by increasing good cholesterol levels and preserving the ‘repairing cells’ critical for maintaining blood vessels, a study has found. “A healthy diet is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Rossella Di Stefano, a cardiologist at the University of Pisa in Italy. “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols, which are found in cocoa, olive oil, and apples,” Di Stefano. “Research has found that the Italian Panaia red apple has very high…

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Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie?

Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie?

Is coconut oil ‘the little black dress of wellbeing’? Photograph: Alamy It wasn’t that long ago that the closest most Britons got to a coconut was at the fairground or on the inside of a Bounty bar. Yet in the past three years, this hard, hairy drupe (that’s the official term) of the coconut palm tree has emerged as the latest “superfood” extolled by celebrities and health food shops for its nutritional, healing and mind-enhancing powers. Aisles of health food shops are packed with bags of flour, snacks, milk, sugar…

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Coconut oil ‘as unhealthy as beef fat and butter’

Coconut oil ‘as unhealthy as beef fat and butter’

  Coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts. It is packed with saturated fat which can raise “bad” cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice. Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it may be better for us than other saturated fats. The AHA, however, says there are no good studies to support this. The health benefits of coconut oil Healthy myth? The advice around which fats to eat can be very confusing….

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8 Amazing Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Your Skin and Hair

8 Amazing Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Your Skin and Hair

“Tea tree oil is a natural wonder,” claims Dr. Reema Arora, Medical Facial Head, Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, New Delhi. It is an old medicinal plant derivative, also known as Melaleuca. It is derived from an Australian native plant Melaleuca Alternifolia. “It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial and nourishing properties,” says Dr. Ranjan Upadhaya, Max Multi Speciality Centre, Panchsheel Park. Dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj says, “It is excellent for combating oiliness and can be used in routine face…

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10 Powerful Benefits of Vitamin E Oil for Your Skin

10 Powerful Benefits of Vitamin E Oil for Your Skin

Vitamin E oil is both a nutrient and an antioxidant. According to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, it helps neutralise free radicals, which damage cells and might contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other ailments. Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospitals, says, “Vitamin E oil is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that can rejuvenate your skin and overall health. It encompasses a group of eight compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrienols. Vitamin E oil in its purest form is extremely versatile. You can slather it on…

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Insight: Nutella Maker Fights Back on Palm Oil After Cancer Risk Study

Insight: Nutella Maker Fights Back on Palm Oil After Cancer Risk Study

The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella. Italian confectionery firm Ferrero has taken a public stand in defence of an ingredient that some other food companies in the country are boycotting. It has launched an advertising campaign to assure the public about the safety of Nutella, its flagship product which makes up about a fifth of its sales. The hazelnut and chocolate spread, one…

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6 Incredible Benefits of Wheat Germ Oil

6 Incredible Benefits of Wheat Germ Oil

Among the extensive range of beneficial oils available in the stores, a member to join the limelight in the recent years is wheat germ oil. Wheat is no stranger in the Indian household. While the refined variant – maida – is shunned upon by many, whole wheat flour is lovingly used to make a range of Indian breads like stuffed parathas, fluffy rotis, baturas and the like. Experts have always said that the nutritional contents of wheat are mostly enclosed in the germ of the grain. The more the grains…

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10 Health Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

10 Health Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

As the name suggests, cod liver oil is a nutrient-dense oil. which is made from the oil found in the liver of cod fish. Dr. Ritika Samaddar, HoD – Dietetics and Nutrition, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, says, “Cod liver oil is commonly taken as a dietary supplement. It is one of the best sources of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and contains relatively high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D.” According to the USDA, each teaspoon of cod liver oil has about 41 calories and 4.5…

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6 Incredible Benefits of Sunflower Oil

6 Incredible Benefits of Sunflower Oil

  Golden, light and healthy, sunflower oil contains more Vitamin E than any other vegetable oil. It is naturally extracted from sunflower seeds and bears a subtle taste. Vegetable and plant based oils are cholesterol-free, low in saturated fats and rich in polyunsaturated fats. Sunflower oil, particularly, is loaded with Vitamin E and omega 6 fats which makes it a healthy choice. “While choosing cooking oil for your daily needs you must make sure that it is a good source of both monounsaturated fats and poly unsaturated fats. Bear in…

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