Can Chocolate Benefit Your Health?

Written by Marguerite Bonneville

If you're a fan of chocolate you're in good company. Chocolate is one ofrepparttar most popular sweet-tasting treats inrepparttar 113156 world and has been for centuries. But part ofrepparttar 113157 myth surrounding chocolate is that it tastes so good it must be bad for your health. Which gives it an air ofrepparttar 113158 forbidden.

A beautifully wrapped box of chocolates has always been considered a very romantic gift. So ifrepparttar 113159 special person in your life is a self-confessed chocoholic, you know one surefire way to please them on special occasions. Butrepparttar 113160 surprising news fromrepparttar 113161 scientific community is that this reputedly decadent treat actually has some health benefits, especially if you choose your chocolate wisely.

Is Chocolate A Health Food?

Chocolate contains over 300 chemicals, and has beenrepparttar 113162 subject of a number of studies by universities and other scientific organizations. Here's a quick rundown ofrepparttar 113163 results. We have no way of proving or disproving these claims so we offer them here as a stimulus for further research. If you're really interested inrepparttar 113164 subject, this may provide you with a starting point.

* Cacao,repparttar 113165 source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Of course this is counteracted byrepparttar 113166 high sugar content of milk chocolate.

* The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation.

* Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mild mood elevator.

* The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which may raise good cholesterol.

* Drinking a cup of hot chocolate before meals may actually diminish appetite.

* Men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don't.

* The flavanoids in chocolate may help keep blood vessels elastic.

* Chocolate increases antioxidant levels inrepparttar 113167 blood.

* Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites.

Which is for You - Blended or Varietal Wines?

Written by Darby Higgs

Blended and varietal wines.

Novice wine lovers soon come acrossrepparttar concept of blended and varietal wines. The two questions that spring to mind are, “what does it mean?” and “does it matter?”

Atrepparttar 113155 basic level,repparttar 113156 difference is quite simple. Varietal wines are made from a single grape variety, while blended wines are made using two or more. The most obvious example isrepparttar 113157 difference betweenrepparttar 113158 two great red wine styles of France. Burgundy red wine is composed ofrepparttar 113159 single variety Pinot noir. Bordeaux red wines are most often blends of up to five varieties, Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit verdot. There are a few Bordeaux wines made from a single variety, but they arerepparttar 113160 exceptions that proverepparttar 113161 rule.

So much for theory. The distinction between varietal and blended wines is less clear in practice. Many varietal wines are made from blends of wine grown in several regions. Australia’s iconic Grange is such an example. Each year hundreds of samples from many vineyards are tasted and evaluated beforerepparttar 113162 final blend is decided upon. The result is a blend of regions, rather than varieties.

Many more modest Australian wines with to fame are also regional blends. The process of selectingrepparttar 113163 blend is similar but much more simplified. The clue onrepparttar 113164 label is oftenrepparttar 113165 words “wine of South Eastern Australia.” This is almost as general a statement that you can get aboutrepparttar 113166 origins of an Australian wine.

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