Winter is coming, and some parts of the world are already covered with deep snow. The best way to warm those cold hands is a cup of hot sweet chocolate. Hot chocolate has been used for many years to treat diseases and fight bad moods. It’s known as a special healthy drink from the 16th to 19th centuries, and sometimes was taken us a medicine. Nowadays people don’t consider hot chocolate as a medicine, but drink even more than ever! There are plenty of tasty and healthy hot chocolate recipes (烹饪法) you can try to enjoy the following health benefits of drinking hot chocolate.
It improves your brain power
The study shows that drinking hot chocolate can help improve your brain power and your brain health. The flavonoids (类黄酮) in hot chocolate increase the blood flow and oxygen to your brain, helping you think better. If you want to improve your memory, try drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day. Not only will you improve your memory, but your mood as well. Just make sure you don’t use too much sugar in your hot chocolate.
It improves your mood
Chocolate, including hot chocolate, is well-known mood booster. This tasty drink helps fight stress, anxiety, and depression. But the problem is, hot chocolate may contain high amounts of sugar. Consider making sugar-free hot chocolate to get all its mood-improving properties (特性).
It can help you lose weight
If you are trying to drop a few pounds, drinking hot chocolate can help you achieve your weight loss goal. When made correctly, hot chocolate is a delicious and low calorie drink that you can enjoy every time you have chocolate desire. Besides, drinking a cup of low calorie hot chocolate helps prevent the intake of high-calorie and sugar foods like cakes.
Now that you’re aware of some of the best health benefits of drinking chocolate, what are you waiting for? Rush into your kitchen and make this fantastic winter drink.
【1】Hot chocolate is popular in winter because .
A. it can make your cold hands warm
B. it has been used for many years
C. it was used to treat kinds of illnesses
D. it is regarded as the healthiest drink
【2】In the passage the author mainly talks about .
A. different hot chocolate recipes
B. materials used to make hot chocolate
C. side effects from drinking chocolate
D. benefits of drinking hot chocolate
【3】It can be inferred from the passage that .
A. hot chocolate is the only way to improve mood
B. most people can be addicted to chocolate
C. remember never to have sugar in drink
D. food in low calorie makes you healthy
Some people are so rude!
Who sends an e-mail or a text message that just says “Thank you”? Who leaves a voice mail message rather than texts you? Who asks for a fact easily found on Google? Don’t these people realize that they’re wasting your time?
Maybe I’m the rude one for not appreciating life’s little politeness. But many social agreed standards just don’t make sense to people drowning in digital communication.
In texts, you don’t have to declare who you are or even say hello; E-mail, too, is slower than a text; Voice mail is a now impolite way of trying to connect.
My father learned this lesson after leaving me a dozen voice mail messages, none of which I listened to. Exasperated, he called my sister to express his dissatisfaction that I never returned his phone calls. “Why are you leaving him voice mails?” my sister asked. “Just text him.”
In the age of the smartphone, there is no reason to ask once-acceptable questions about: the weather forecast, a business’s phone number, or directions to a house, a restaurant, which can be easily found on Google Maps. But people still ask these things. And when you answer, they respond with a thank-you e-mail.
How to handle these differing standards? Easy: Consider your audience. Some people, especially older ones, appreciate a thank-you message. Others, like me, want no reply.
The anthropologist (人类学家) Margaret Mead once said that in traditional societies, the young learn from the old. But in modem societies, the old can also learn from the young. Here’s hoping that politeness never goes out of fashion but that time-wasting forms of communication do.
【1】What does the underlined word “exasperated” mean in the fifth paragraph?
A. Worried. B. Annoyed.
C. Surprised. D. Tired.
【2】Why didn’t the writer reply to his father?
A. He didn’t want to talk with his father.
B. He liked text messages better.
C. He didn’t receive any voice mail messages.
D. He enjoyed checking his voice mails.
【3】Which of the following does the writer agree to?
A. Dealing with voice mail should vary with each individual.
B. Declaring who they are or saying hello in texts is necessary
C. People needn’t learn from one another in traditional societies.
D. People needn’t turn to Google for help when in trouble.
【4】What’s the best title of this passage?
A. Nowadays: what means should we use in communication
B. Nowadays: do you like leaving others a voice message
C. Nowadays: what should we do with text messages
D. Nowadays: do you need a thank-you message