Doctors in the South Korean capital Seoul found the hearing loss amongst the middle aged was much lower in those who ate chocolate, than among abstainers.
Chemicals called polyphenols found in cocoa have strong anti-inflammatory properties that may protect against hearing damage. A research project found the rate of hearing loss was ‘significantly’ lower in those who ate chocolate than in those who did not.
This will be music to the ears of those who feel a twinge of guilt as we indulge in Easter eggs, with a large box of Dairy Milk on the side!
Less healthy could be Vegan burgers which have been shown to contain twice as much fat as even a Big Mac, compared to the real deal.
Barney Calman, a self-confessed vegetarian of four years, has conducted a study of the latest ‘fake meat burgers’ on the high street.
Having been put off bean burgers, which he considers to be dry and unpalatable, he has also explored the world of wheat, Quorn and substances derived from edible fungus burgers, which he thinks taste like, and have the consistency of rubbery Play-Doh.
He has more recently been sampling the latest innovations into the world of fake meat now available on the high street, in specialist restaurants and super markets.
These taste and smell like the real deal. Some even bleed. It seems everyone is now getting on this ‘alternative’ bandwagon, including Burger King, the Harvest chain, and Nestle has launched a soya and wheat protein Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger, amongst many others.
There are now apparently 1.6 million vegans and vegetarians in Britain today, so it makes financial sense to follow the trend, as these people believe their change of diet will improve their health.
The Moving Mountains Burger is the brain child of entrepreneur Simeon Van de Molen, who also founded the green cleaning product brand. He explained to Barney Calman that these burgers are not just aimed at vegans and vegetarians, but also for people who just feel they want to eat healthier.
The primary ingredient in these products is protein, derived from soya, wheat, peas and potatoes. The oil is extracted via a ‘defatting processes’, using solvents, including Benzene a chemical by-product of crude oil. Defatted soya is also used as a glue in some forms of plywood.
The refining process goes on using all manner of additional chemicals and heat; the exact details are a closely guarded secret. These ‘burgers’ are sold as ‘completely natural’, which Barney Calman questions as being strictly true, considering the amount of chemicals used in their production. They may look and taste realistic but are they really healthy?
It is interesting that the European agriculture committee moved to ban producers of vegetarian food from using descriptions usually used for meat. They have suggested that veggie burgers should be renamed ‘veggie discs’.
Obviously five or more burgers a week is not a healthy option, so introducing ‘veggie discs’ into ones diet, is perhaps not a bad option. But are they really healthy if full of chemicals as Mr Calman suggests.
These alternative diets, are a challenge and opportunity for farmers and growers. The public recognise that we maintain the countryside by farming in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner, and hopefully appreciate we are part of the solution, not the problem.
Those who have brought London, Edinburgh and other major cities to a standstill, making it impossible for the very businesses which sustain our economy, put food on their plates, fuel cars, trains and planes - need educating and a reality check. Things are not always as they appear.