Somedays it seems like all the news is ugly. But not today.Starvation diets don't prolong life (as if that's living anyway.)http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/167916975.html?r...For 25 years, the rhesus monkeys were kept semistarved, lean and hungry. The males' weights were so low they were the equivalent of a 6-foot-tall man who tipped the scales at just 120 to 133 pounds. The hope was that if the monkeys lived longer, healthier lives by eating a lot less, then maybe people, their evolutionary cousins, would too.Some scientists, anticipating such benefits, began severely restricting their own diets.The results of this major, long-awaited study, which began in 1987, are finally in. But it turns out the skinny monkeys did not live any longer than those kept at more normal weights. Some lab test results improved, but only in monkeys that were put on the diet when they were old. The causes of death -- cancer, heart disease -- were the same in both the underfed and the normally fed monkeys.Chocolate is a health food for both men & women.http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-men-chocol...A new study finds that compared with men who reported eating little-to-no chocolate on a regular basis, those who had the highest weekly consumption of chocolate — about 63 grams per week, or just a little more than 2 ounces — reduced their likelihood of suffering a stroke by 17%.The latest findings, published in the journal Neurology, are drawn from a population of 37,103 Swedish men, whose age ranged from 45 to 79 at the start of an average follow-up period of about 10 years. The study fills out a picture of chocolate consumption, especially of dark chocolate, that has firmly demonstrated cardiovascular benefits for women. For men, however, research on chocolate's health benefits had been less consistent in its findings.PF (I'll be really disappointed if I find that Willy Wonka funded both those studies.)
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