chocolate – it’s that time of year again!

celebrate without the guilt

 

Easter is the finest spring festival and although a Christian event it is celebrated all around the world.   The egg is a symbol of new life and the practice of decorating eggs dates back to the 13th century.  It’s just around the corner now and the delicious chocolate treats are filling the shelves in the shops and supermarkets.   The packaging is getting more and more elaborate and it is becoming increasingly difficult to resist a purchase even if you haven’t got small children to spoil.

 

However chocolate does have health benefits if taken in moderation.  It contains tyramine which has the same effect on the brain as dopamine.  This can help regulate movement and also emotional responses which can have a positive effect on wellbeing.

 

Dark chocolate which is generally thought to be healthier contains phenylethylamine which is sometimes referred to as the ‘love drug’.   This is why chocolate is often called an aphrodisiac.   Phenylethylamine mimics the brain pattern of someone in love and therefore can often elevate mood.  So a little of the dark stuff can enhance your outlook on life in general.

 

The British Medical Journal has reported that a little chocolate consumption could help lower the risk of developing heart disease by one third.  Hence it is not all bad.

 

It is also interesting to note that 22% of all chocolate consumed is eaten between the hours of 8pm and midnight.  That time when we are winding down and relaxing and feel like a small reward for a long day at work.

 

So don’t feel guilty, treat yourself to a little taste of heaven and be safe in the knowledge that even though it tastes great it does come with some great health benefits.   There is a God after all!

 

 

 

 

Categories: diet, diet, Health, and Lifestyle.

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