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Benefits Of Chocolate

Chocolate ‘as good for you as exercise’

Chocolate is as good for you as exercise, research suggests. Scientists found that small amounts of dark chocolate may improve health in a similar way to exercise. The researchers focused on the mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses in cells that generate energy, and discovered that a plant compound found in chocolate, called epicatechin, appeared to stimulate the same muscle response as vigorous activity. Dr Moh Malek, from Wayne State University in Detroit, who led the US study on mice, said: ''Mitochondria produce energy which is used by the cells in the body. More mitochondria mean more energy is produced the more work can be performed. ''Aerobic exercise, such as running or cycling, is known to increase the number of mitochondria in muscle cells. Our study has found that epicatechin seems to bring about the same response - particularly in the heart and skeletal muscles.'' A specific type of epicatechin from cocoa was given to mice twice a day for 15 days. At the same time, the animals underwent 30 minutes of treadmill training each day. Researchers found that mice only fed epicatechin had...

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Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival March 2018

Event date: 24-25 March 2018 Event time: 10 00 From: 10 am to 4.30 pm. Ramsbottom town centre. Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival combined with a strong local community, picturesque scenery and a strong sense of local pride, Ramsbottom in Bury has been slowly building an impressive foodie scene for some years. So much so, it even coaxed London-based food critic Jay Rayner off his local turf. But it's not just stonking restaurants you'll find in Rammy. The distinguished cuisine is matched by a sense of humour and heritage - with events like the Black Pudding Throwing Championships and The Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival drawing huge crowds. This year sees the tenth annual Chocolate Festival taking place in Ramsbottom on the 24th and 25th March 2018, there is a chocolate market featuring artisan chocolate makers. Also you will find those making chocolate themed goods such as cheeses and wine all made using chocolate, etc. There will be hot street food and entertainment. Why not put the date in your diary.

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