Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 7, 1998 · Page 32
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 32

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, June 7, 1998
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Not guilty DOESNT RAISE CHOLESTEROL Surprisingly, the fat in chocolate (cocoa butter) does not raise cholesterol — at least in men with normal cholesterol (under 200). When the men went on a month-long binge of cocoa butter or pure chocolate (equivalent to seven chocolate bars a day) their cholesterol did not rise. But it soared 18 points when they pigged out on butter. DOESNT CAUSE ACNE Giving up chocolate won't cure acne or pimples, according to a famous test at the University of Pennsylvania. In the test, 65 acne-plagued adolescents ate the amount of chocolate in 1 pound of bittersweet chocolate a day for a month. For another month, they ate a dummy chocolate bar. Their acne was no worse on the real chocolate than on the fake chocolate. DOESNT CAUSE MOST HEADACHES Contrary to popular belief, chocolate is not a common trigger of headaches, says Dawn Marcus, of the University of Pittsburgh. In recent tightly controlled tests, she gave disguised chocolate (similar to a commercial candy bar) and carob (fake chocolate) to 63 women plagued by tension headaches, migraines or both. Half did not develop headaches within 12 hours of eating either. In the others, carob was just as apt to cause a headache as the chocolate. NOUNKTOHYPERACTIVITY Some contend that eating chocolate (or sugar) causes hyperactivity, aggression or other behavior problems, notably in children. But several scientific studies have found no evidence of that. In fact, some research finds sweets calm many children. Guilty Chocolate's greatest crime is that it usually is combined with animal fats, dangerous trans- fats and sugar in high- calorie, bad-fat baked goods. Plus, it: CAN CAUSE HEARTBURN Chocolate is a common culprit in heartburn, according to tests by Donald O. Castell, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania. The reason: Chocolate contains concentrations of theobromine, which relaxes the esophageal sphincter muscle, letting stomach acid squirt up into the esophagus. If you suffer from heartburn, he advises, go easy on chocolate. DOES CONTAIN CAFFEINE Most people have no negative reaction to smal) amounts of caffeine. If you're sensitive, you should know how chocolate stacks up with caffeine sources: • 5 oz. brewed coffee has 85mg caffeine • 5 oz. loose tea or 1 tea bag, 30mg • 6 oz. cola, 18mg • 1 oz. chocolate candy, 6mg • 5 oz. cocoa or hot chocolate, 4mg • 6 oz. chocolate milk, 4mg huq, ana a Ki66 61 a I with chocolate en I Riea (MANUFACTURER COUPON/EXPIHESCZgg^ty NOT TO BE DOUBLED) Save $1PQ»2 lOotor tar*er (Mix or Match) "Squ4re» (Any Flavor). 33700 1 COWIMKR: of wi mania 10 ONE COUPON PM two ntcunEirwicHMto. coupon IUK , MTWUIUKEIUXW SALES COMMNY will ntoim I Ms coupon mucoiiltno win our nduntuoii I potty copWJMilaWl upon clfluul CU» vjltit . 1flOOI.VoKjxlMnproW6illd.aud, Milllrtttd ' I MOW. ONE fiivCETT DRIVE. DEL RIO, IX 7«MO. | TM.»Ktlteg|Conip»iiy C189I KUlQM Compmy TM, ® Kellogg Company 91998 Kellogg Company More recipes Chocolate Fruit-Nut Clusters 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips '/2 cup walnut pieces '/4 cup raisins '/: cup raw oats Microwave chocolate chips in a covered bowl on high until melted, 2-3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Add nuts, raisins and oats; combine thoroughly. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper and cool in refrigerator or freezer until hardened. Makes 15 clusters, Per cluster: 96.5 calories, 1.5g protein, 12g carbohydrates, 0.6g fiber, 5.8g fat (2g saturated), Img sodium. Nut Surprise Candy 20 dried, pitted prunes 20 whole almonds or walnut halves 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips Stuff each prune with a nut. Microwave chocolate chips in a covered bowl on high until melted, 2-3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Using two forks, roll each prune in chocolate until lightly covered. Drop on waxed paper and cool in refrigerator or freezer until hardened. Makes 20 pieces. Per piece: 66 calories, 0.7g protein, llg carbohydrates, 0.7g fiber, 2.9g (at (1.4g saturated), 0.6mg sodium. Jean Carper, author of the best-selling book Miracle Cures, writes each week on the medical effects of food. USA WEEKEND -June 5-7,1868 11

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