It’s common sense. You want to live to a ripe old age, then, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “Healthy” is, of course, relative. So is “old age”. But eating the “right” food and staying away from the “bad” ones always come up when anyone talks about a healthy lifestyle. What do people usually say? Stay away from fatty food, alcohol, sweets, and so on, and so forth.
Nine out of 10 people say drinking is bad. Then, resveratrol came into play.
Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and as a constituent of red wine may explain the “French paradox” that the incidence of coronary heart disease is relatively low in southern France despite high dietary intake of saturated fats. [Wikipedia]
Almost everyone used to say that coffee was an unhealthy drink–until a study came out saying that coffee contains tannin and antioxidants, which are good for the heart and arteries.
The reputation of chocolates was even worse. It was a popular belief when I was in high school that chocolates caused pimples and acne. Ummm… as though hormonal changes during adolescence wasn’t the real culprit. Believe or not, based on that superstition alone, a lot of the girls, especially those who believed that their entire future depended on “looking good”, wouldn’t touch chocolates. It would have made more sense if they have actually experienced some kind of skin breakout after eating chocolates. But, no, they were quite willing to accept what the “oldies” believed. Actually, even today, there are still some people who swear that chocolates cause acne. Well, perhaps, chocolate is a convenient culprit for something that cannot be fully explained.
Anyway, there is a new study that debunks still another myth that beyond pimples and acne, chocolates are bad for the health.
Dark chocolate may be just what the doctor ordered, according to a new study out today, which reveals that eating a few squares every day can improve the health of your heart.
The chemical in cocoa beans has a similar biochemical effect to aspirin and can reduce the likelihood of blood clotting… [The Guardian]
Isn’t that sweet? :grin: But beyond food and drink, what else does a “healthy” lifestyle entail?
Dr. Emer points to an abstract of a 20-year study involving some 5,000+ middle-aged Japanese-American men in Honolulu that says the “lack of a marital partner was associated with mortality before age 85 years.” Meaning, marriage can prolong the life of a male?
Of course, what is provided is a mere abstract of the 20-year study but that’s really mind-boggling. What the study subliminally suggests — to get married and stay married for the sake of living to see one’s 85th birthday — is really screwed. Not every person, male or female, has the emotional make-up to enter into a successful and lasting marriage.
In the first place, I don’t see what the big deal is about reaching one’s 85th birthday. I have always believed that how well a live is lived should mean more than how long one’s life lasts.
Hmmmm… My husband and I drink coffee together, we drink our wine together, we fight over who gets the bigger chunk of the chocolate bar, marriage works fine, we’re not suffering from any serious health problem and we both look forward to enjoying our golden years… We can finally go on that road trip around the Philippines that I have been dreaming of… see the world after sending the kids to college… plant a magnificent garden… I probably won’t take up knitting or crocheting though. Chances are, I’d still be writing. :wink: