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Who Is An Ideal Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Obesity is an epidemic in South Carolina and around the nation. One of the options to consider for losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle is weight loss surgery. In the video below, Dr. Glen Strickland of the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center at Lexington Medical Center talks about patients who can benefit from weight loss surgery.

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Healthy Breakfasts

This week on WIS News 10 Sunrsie, Health Directions personal trainer Jennifer Mangum was a guest with news anchor Len Kiese and weather forecaster Tim Miller to talk about healthy breakfast choices. Before you take a bite of that sugary, carb-filled cereal, watch below to hear Jennifer’s advice for starting your day right.

Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day: May 15th

by Morgan Robbins RD, LD at LMC

Before you sit down with your glass of milk and cookie on May 15th, take some time to read about how chocolate, in moderation, can promote health. Chocolate, made from the cocoa bean, is rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids are most commonly known for their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants may prevent, or delay cell damage by blocking free radicals.

cookies4Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in chocolate. Flavanols have multiple health benefits including lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the heart and brain as well as their antioxidant properties. Flavanols are also found in onions, apples, celery, red wine and tea.

Keep in mind, not all chocolate is created equal. Cocoa’s natural flavor is strong and pungent; the steps taken to process cocoa will reduce this taste. It used to be said the darker the chocolate, the higher the antioxidant properties. Research shows the more processed the chocolate is, the less flavanols the chocolate will have, meaning darker doesn’t always mean better. Commercial chocolate (i.e. Reeses, Snickers, etc.) are highly processed and therefore lack the heart healthy antioxidant properties.

For now, your safest bet is to stick with darker chocolate; it is too difficult to determine the exact path your chocolate has taken to arrive to your table. Additional sugar, fat and oils are added to milk chocolate, making it the less healthy choice of the two. Be mindful of the type of dark chocolate you eat, added ingredients (nuts, caramel, nougat) all mean additional processing. As with anything, moderation is key, keep your chocolate serving to one ounce or less, only a few times weekly.

In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day, try adding some dark chocolate chips or chunks to your yogurt, oatmeal or to a homemade trail mix!

Source: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/food-choices/benefits-of-chocolate.aspx