Dark Chocolate Takes the Bite Out of Stress

We love good news. And good news that involves chocolate is the best kind of all.

While you’ve no doubt heard that dark chocolate may be healthy for you, in a recent clinical trial, it actually reduced the stress of 30 people who ate it every day for two weeks. Not only that, it also positively impacted other stress-related biochemical imbalances.

Is it magic in a sweet morsel?

Not exactly. Nutrition experts caution that chocolate is high in fat, so while it may have stress-busting benefits, it can also cause weight gain. Yet the growing scientific evidence of dark chocolate’s heath-giving properties is — how shall we say it? — rather delicious.

A small bar of dark chocolate a day can keep stress at bay, according to a small study by international researchers.

German and Swiss researchers have found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced the levels of stress hormones in highly stressed people.

 


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