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This week Mauro Callegari of The Independent in Gembrook is back, sharing one of Argentina’s favourite dishes – Asado style beef ribs.

Traditionally, Asado style cooking refers to meat cooked on the barbeque or grill, but this version is all about slow cooking the meat until it is tender in the oven. Mauro pairs his ribs with a salsa verde style sauce, the perfect zingy accompaniment to this rich, flavoursome dish.

Quinoa to the rescue

Recently, quinoa has been launched into superfood stardom, and it’s no surprise why. Packed with protein and dietary fibre, quinoa is the foundation of a nutrition-packed meal.With obesity rates loomi

Amazing Amaranth

Does your intake of whole grains consist of the reliable, but rather mundane duo, whole wheat and brown rice? Or do you find that gluten-containing grains wreak havoc with your digestive system? If yo

Health Benefits in a Heart-Shaped Box

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Health Benefits in a Heart-Shaped Box

Research cites chocolate as a powerful superfood, with positive effects on cholesterol and blood pressure. Read on to learn about its heart-health properties.

What do Valentine’s Day and heart health have in common? Chocolate, of course! So what better month than February to highlight the many heart and other health benefits of this popular Valentine’s Day gift?

Although we’ve been giving (and given) assorted chocolates in heart-shaped boxes for decades, these caramel- and sea foam-filled goodies aren’t the ones you want to eat if you intend to experience chocolate’s health benefits. It’s primarily the dark chocolates rich in cocoa polyphenols that provide the most health benefits.

Recent research has cited chocolate as a powerful superfood, with positive effects on cholesterol, blood pressure, and arterial plaque. In a 2011 study researchers analyzed cocoa polyphenols’ effects on cholesterol and noted that the polyphenols in chocolate not only increased HDL (good) cholesterol, but they also reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Further, a study from British Medical Journal cited that those who consumed the most chocolate were 37 percent less likely to develop heart disease and 29 percent likely to suffer a stroke than those who consumed the least amount of chocolate.

But chocolate’s health benefits extend beyond the heart. Research suggests that chocolate consumption may also benefit skin, brain function, digestion, and even eyesight, among other things.

So don’t feel guilty next time you break off a piece and indulge. Just 1 oz (28 g) of dark chocolate containing at least 70 percent cocoa is enough to give your health a boost. But as we’ve seen in recent studies, a little more won’t hurt you!

Cooking with chocolate is another way to obtain your daily dose of polyphenols. The following recipes feature chocolate in decadent and sometimes unlikely ways.

  • Chocolate Pu-erh Cakes with Cashew Ganache
  • Cocoa Tostadas
  • Red Chili with Chicken and Chocolate
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Yogourt with Cocoa Nib Coffee Compote
  • Chocolate Fondue

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