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.