Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

The Bitter Side of Diet Soda~Strokes

Drinking diet soda is associated with a 50-percent increase in stroke risk, according to a study presented in February 2011 at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

There's no way to tell yet, what ingredient would be associated with strokes or whether lifestyle choices among drinkers are the real cause.

Well of course diet soda isn't healthy...You're drinking copious amounts of phosphoric acid, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and some laboratory-crafted chemical that tricks your brain into perceiving the sensation of sweet.
Diet soda is an alternative to regular soda, but neither is healthy. You are merely trading calories from sugar for chemicals of questionable nature.

Studies on diet soda have been flawed, because researchers have discounted one important fact: Those drinking diet soda likely drink it not because they are health nuts but because they have a certain health condition. They are either overweight or diabetic. Thus, they are at risk for strokes, heart attacks and cancer regardless of the type of beverage they prefer.

It is a shame that those who drink diet soda cannot adopt Asia's tradition of unsweetened teas, ubiquitous in shops and vending machines. But in the US at least even otherwise healthy green tea is tainted with sugar or artificial sweetener — yet another example of corrupting a healthy alternative.