Unit 9: Chocolate

Should you eat dark chocolate every day? 

Dietitian Devon Peart, MHSc, BASc, RD, explains. 

As with any sweet treat, moderation is key. “One misconception often is, ‘Well, dark chocolate is good for me, so I can have however much I want,’” Peart says. “There are some benefits to dark chocolate in terms of antioxidants, like the flavanols. But they’re not compelling enough that we would say you should definitely include this in your diet. Pound for pound, it’s a high-calorie food. It’s definitely something to enjoy in moderation.”

Peart recommends thinking about your dark chocolate consumption much like you would consider your consumption of nuts. Both are filling — meaning, you don’t have to eat as much to feel satisfied — and high in fat, so they are high calorie. You want to stick to smaller portions.

“That being said, the reason why I do often recommend dark chocolate as a good option for a snack or a treat is because it has a strong bitter flavor,” Peart says. “We don’t need a lot of chocolate to enjoy it.”

Because of this strong flavor, dark chocolate is admittedly an acquired taste. “When people first have it, they usually don’t like it,” Peart says. She recommends starting at a less-bitter dark chocolate and moving up. “Start by having 50% dark chocolate and then move up to 65% and then 70% and work your way up.”

Although there are some downsides, dark chocolate is overall a healthier choice if you’re looking for a delicious way to finish off a meal. “And you’ll need less of it to get satisfaction than you would from other sweets,” Peart says. “Dark chocolate is comforting. It signals to your brain that you’re satisfied and finished. And it is satiety-inducing [feeling satisfied], so you are more likely to feel like you’ve had enough.”

Taken from: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/dark-chocolate-health-benefits/

Dark, milk and white chocolate, can you explain the differences?

What do you know about the production of dark chocolate in Peru?

 

Unit 8: Career paths

We can compare a career path to a roadmap with short- and long-term goals.  It maps the route one takes from a lower-level position until you arrive at your ultimate goal.  Not all the paths follow a straight line which means that career paths can change.

To achieve the career you want, you need to be strategic with the jobs you take. That’s where mapping out your career path can be a major help. Your career path is simply a series of jobs you take that ultimately lead you to your dream career. Career paths go hand-in-hand with a career plan, which is basically a list of short- and long-term goals that you strive for along your career path.

By mapping out a career path, you can…

  • Avoid taking jobs that get you nowhere.
  •  Chances are good that you’ll have at least a few job changes over the course of your career. When you’re tempted to leave your current job for greener pastures, it helps to ask yourself one simple question: Will this progress my career in the direction that I want? If the answer is no, think twice before you jump ship.
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and skills. Not sure what skills or training you need to progress to the next step in your career? Mapping your career path takes a lot of the guesswork out of the equation by helping you see which skills you need to reach your future career goals.
  • Strive for something other than a paycheck. Sure, you want a job that pays the big bucks. Who doesn’t? But for many employees, a paycheck isn’t enough to keep them motivated at work. They want to be fulfilled in their careers, and that comes through personal and professional development.
  • Bounce back quicker from career setbacks. Mapping out your career won’t make you immune to career setbacks. However, it can help you get back on track if your original career plans are derailed. Getting laid off unexpectedly can be super scary, but with a career strategy in place, you can pick up the pieces quickly and come back stronger than before.

Taken from: https://tallo.com/blog/career-path/

What is your ideal job?

What should be the professional expectations of a person with your degree?

Unit 7: A World of Music

Your active participation in this blog will reinforce not only the book learning activities but most importantly will shed light on how you express your own opinion regarding music.  

Music has shaped cultures and societies around the world, passed down from generation to generation. It has the power to alter one’s mood, change perceptions, and inspire change. While everyone has a personal relationship with music, its effects on the culture around us may not be immediately apparent.

How does music affect society? Why is music beneficial to society? How does music affect our lives?  Find the answers to these questions and much more at:

https://www.savethemusic.org/blog/how-does-music-affect-society/

After reading about how music affects society, let’s discuss these questions:

Do you agree with the idea that music affects our lives?  In which way music affects your life?

Can you identify the influence music has in our country?

 

 

 

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