Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Was dark chocolate ‘Brain Benefits’ report leaked to Lidl?

I mentioned the report which found that “dark chocolate actually improved attention, processing speed, working memory and verbal fluency“.

So, it seems (dark) chocolate IS good for you

Thanks to various ‘health nuts’ and gurus, and their claims regarding ‘superfoods’ (such as blueberries), the prices of such foods have been seen to rise to stupid levels.

I wonder if anyone else watches the relative prices of dark and milk chocolate digestive biscuits, as offered by Lidl under their own Tower Gate branding?

Some time ago, the prices were similar, then the dark chocolate version began to rise. The pack size was also changed, from 400 g down to 300 g.

That wasn’t used to hide a price increase, and the price per gramme stayed the same despite the pack size change.

More recently, the milk chocolate version was dropped from 44 p to 42 p as a ‘Special Offer’.

Even more recently the ‘Special Offer’ was dropped, but the price remained at the lower figure of 42 p.

I stopped buying the dark version, so don’t know its price change history, but that version is now 49 p.

Interesting – the ‘healthy’ one is the one that costs more.

How did they know? ūüėČ

Lidl Choclolate Digestive Prices

Lidl Choclolate Digestive Prices

03/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

At last… Kelvingrove repairs are underway

I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever get back onto these stairs, beneath the failed section of cornice I spotted a few weeks ago.

I thought it would have been fixed sooner, on the other hand, I don’t know what things are like behind what can be seen, and they’ll have looked deeper.

Surprisingly noisy repair work too.

Even noisier than the FOUR mobs of school kids that were visiting at the time.

Kelvingrove repairs

Kelvingrove repairs

Since the glare killed the rooflight detail… a month ago.

Kelvingrove Rooflight Failure

Kelvingrove Rooflight Failure

03/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , | Leave a comment

First (dark) chocolate, now more good news as coffee joins the ‘Good’ list

Following rapidly on the news that DARK chocolate has beneficial effects, coffee has joined in, and it may be that something has to be horrible to be ‘good’.

A diet rich in coffee, fruit and vegetables may protect against breast cancer, research suggests.

According to a new study presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, diets full of phenolic acids can protect against post-menopausal breast cancer.

Phenolic acids are found in coffee, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Rich sources include raspberries, blueberries, apples, citrus fruits, plums, onions, coffee, red wine, cocoa and wholewheat, rice, corn and oats.

Study suggests coffee and fruit may protect against cancer

What’s notable about these recent announcements is that they’re not the result of some fanciful claims by obvious crackpots, (or people interesting in increasing sales of whatever the ‘magic’ substance is), but name specific compounds that have known effects.

A cynic like me would probably simplify this still further and say “This must be correct, as there is no celebrity endorsing it, or selling prepackaged versions with their name or face plastered all over it!”.

Coffee Enough

03/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment


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