PUBLISHER'S NOTE - Jan/Feb 2019

Eat more chocolate... and other New Year’s resolutions

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By Louise Sukle

lsukle@womannewspapers.com

Losing weight, changing my diet, exercising more, being more positive; all those resolutions that are rapidly becoming more of a bucket list than actual changes. Realistically, my New Year’s resolution should be to simply remember to write 2019 instead of 2018.

While it’s nice to have a new year for a fresh start, resolutions can be land  mines. The more radical they are, the more likely they’ll be dropped. Let’s be honest, January is the absolute worst time to give up comforting food and drink; it’s cold and depressing and we are all suffering from post-Christmas and New Year celebration blues.

Like many, I haven’t enjoyed what I’ve been seeing in the world lately. Add to that, another year of feeling bad about failing to follow through on my lofty ambitions. Clearly, intervention is needed.

Consider the following: After studying more than 4,900 people, researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that those who ate chocolate (dark chocolate, milk chocolate - didn’t matter!) at least five times  a week were less likely to have heart disease than chocolate teetotalers.

That’s right, eating chocolate five or more times a week and you may be 57 percent less likely to have coronary heart disease than people who don’t. Not bland fiber or boring kale, but yummy, delicious chocolate. It’s simply the happiest health science news I’ve read all year.

The experts surmise that the antioxidant flavonoids found in chocolate may help lower blood pressure, which in turn protects the heart, but I’m betting it has more to do with the psychology of a free pass to enjoy an indulgence without guilt.

So, this year, I’m adopting a new habit based on science-supported statistics. Just when I thought I would never find the perfect diet, it turns out that chocolate might help me live longer. Finally, a resolution I can keep.