Phillip Minton M.D.

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Artificially-Sweetened Soft Drinks Linked to Surprising Medical Problems

In cardiovascular, diabetes, prevention diet on May 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Are you one of the huge numbers of diet soda drinkers? Many of us (sometimes we seem like the minority) never got started with artificially sweetened soft drinks. We didn’t like the taste and were not concerned about calories or our weight. But there are many of us who drink so much diet soda that they seem addicted.

Why did they begin drinking it? The reason, most likely, was to lose weight and avoid sugar-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. It makes sense. If there is no sugar, surely you will lose weight and not develop diabetes or high blood pressure, isn’t that true? Maybe not. Keep reading


Health Chocolate versus Chocolate Candybars

In anti-aging, cardiovascular, chocolate, diabetes, diet, health food, low carb diet, prevention diet on May 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

It may be apt to say that for many people, perhaps even most, who do not have a major health problem such as diabetes, chocolate itself is so healthful that even consuming chocolate in the form of candy may be better than eating none at all. The reason is that cocoa solids, the raw material from which all chocolate confections must, at least in part, be made is so very healthful.

Let’s think about it. What are the main differences between the common chocolate candy bar and health chocolate? Keep reading…

Daniel Plan Diet: A Role for Cocoa and Chocolate

In diet, prevention diet on January 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm

The Daniel Plan is an anti-obesity lifestyle designed by members of the Saddleback Church along with expert collaborators. It combines wise tenets of eating and physical activity. Very significantly, it includes spiritual and social support. Foods are focused on the simple and natural.

For anyone seeking to change their dietary habits to fight obesity and secure better health, such as is true with those engaged in the Daniel Plan, cocoa and quality low-carb dark chocolate are important to consider. Keep reading…

Make A Delicious New Year’s Resolution

In anti-aging, cardiovascular, dementia, diabetes, diet, health food, immune system, low carb diet, prevention diet on December 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

At this time of year we often determine to do better in life. We determine that this new year will be a better year. We will end it looking better, feeling better and having improved our life over the course of the year. These aspirations are laudable, but are they realistic? Are they achievable?

Let me tell you about one resolution that you will love to keep, and that will truly be likely to improve your quality of life and well-being. Keep reading

Choc-full of Antioxidants!

In chocolate, immune system, prevention diet on December 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

There is only one food that we all love, that tastes good and is choc-full of antioxidants. Chocolate. Yes, chocolate is the big power hitter in the ball game of dietary antioxidants versus the oxidative free radicals. Try to find another food so universally loved, and filled with such antioxidant power. Chocolate has no real rival. It is in a league all its own. Keep reading

Oxidation of Chocolate Confections

In chocolate, prevention diet on November 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

The oxygen in the air we breathe is crucial to sustaining our lives. But there is a down-side to it. Oxygen interacts with many types of foods and “spoils” them. Oxidation by oxygen in the air degrades and damages foods, and in particular turns fats and oils rancid. Rancidity ruins the nutritional value of healthful oils such as omega-3 fatty acids, and ruins their taste as well.

Does it also do this to chocolate? Keep reading

Understanding Dietary Antioxidants

In anti-aging, chocolate, prevention diet on November 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Antioxidants in our diet are the components of foods that assist our body to control the oxidation of food into energy, and to quench or destroy unwanted harmful byproducts of energy metabolism. Food, after digestion, travels through the bloodstream and into the cells. Each cell contains tiny little energy producing factories called mitochondria. These little power plants convert portions of our food into energy for the cell to use. Keep reading


In anti-aging, cardiovascular, chocolate, prevention diet on October 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

The maintenance of pliable, resilient, supple body tissue is essential to good health, longevity, and a youthful appearance. It is well known that adding moisture to the skin via hydrating creams and living in a reasonably well humidified environment reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, and makes the skin appear more youthful. The other tissues of our body also respond in a positive fashion to efforts to retain their suppleness. Keep reading

Can Chocolate Cause Cancer?

In cancer, chocolate, prevention diet on September 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

There is an old adage…seek moderation in all things. What happens if we are immoderate in our consumption of dark chocolate? In particular, can it cause cancer? Keep reading

A Remedy for the Junkfood – Obesity Connection

In chocolate, diet, low carb diet, prevention diet on August 31, 2011 at 9:15 am

Studies show conclusively that junkfood marketing and consumption are major factors leading to childhood and adult obesity. Excessive amounts of sugar, salt and fat are the headline components of what we term “junkfood” because these are overabundant in our diet, crowd out other beneficial and less abundant nutrients, and are craved by most of us. They are therefore easy for food marketers to sell.

Perhaps a remedy for the junkfood-obesity problem is to encourage food marketers to sell us healthy versions of “junkfood” instead. For example, low-carb dark chocolate treats rather than the junkfood versions of the confection. Even though we consumers would be receiving far less unhealthy fats, sugar and salt, the chocolate is still satisfying.