Fatigued? Try Some Dark Chocolate

There's been a lot of talk lately about foods that fight fatigue.  One web site lists whole grain crackers, walnuts, dark chocolate, and watermelon. Also, pumpkin seeds.  Yogurt.  Wheat bran cereal.  Tea.  Red bell pepper (which a friend, whose toddler fought leukemia, was told is the perfect food).

“We find that fatigue generally is coupled to foods that are nutrient-poor,” nutritionist Nicolette Pace told CBS TV New York.

Speaking last night on CBS, Pace reported that "Our bodies need essential nutrients, like protein, fats and complex carbohydrates, as well as vitamins and minerals, to function properly. "

She suggested quinoa (I can't even pronounce it) and buckwheat products.  Another big one?  Foods containing zinc.  And eating one cup of sweet potatoes a day "helps 78 percent of women shake off fatigue in as little as three days.," she told CBS.

Without nutrition-rich foods, you feel tired — even irritable — and that can lead to even more poor food choices. Chocolate chip cookies.  M&Ms.  Ice cream (okay, so it's Weight Watchers).  I know all about it.




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