"Sensuous", "decadent", & "sinful" are just a few of the adjectives used to describe chocolate. Are we eating a candy bar here or engaging in some sort of illicit affair?
Although the chocolate lover has not yet been targeted by D.A.R.E., people do seem
to be prone to developing a compulsion for it. While not dismissing the appeal
of other flavors, there are no wide-spread accounts of vanilla addiction...no
one leaves the snug confines of their home at midnight to satisfy an insatiable craving
What is it about this stuff?!
To top it all off, the health benefits of the flavanol rich
been well documented.
shown that the cocoa phenols present in the dark variety, acting as antioxidants, resulted in a
significant lowering of blood pressure. A small, 3.5 ounce bar of "candy", eaten daily was of a sufficient amount to bring about these beneficial results.
Another asset this dark delight provides to the heart are indications of it's ability to lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol!
On the psychological front, benefits include the ability to boost brain levels of endorphins (natural opiates), as well as serotonin (a mood-altering chemical that many antidepressants act upon). In addition, Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the exact same chemical your brain creates when you experience the feelings of falling in love.
'Doctor, please write me a prescription!'.