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Study confirms chocolate will make you less stressed

We already know it’s bad but we eat it anyway. After all, it’s the sweet stuff that can make us feel better.

Well, this could be the time to celebrate and start feeling less guilty about consuming chocolates.

This, after two studies, which were recently presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego, confirmed that chocolate does make people less stressed.

In two studies from the Loma Linda University in California, which was cited by Huffington Post, they found out that consuming chocolate has positive effects on stress levels and is also linked to beneficial changes to inflammation, mood, memory and immunity.

This findings, however, were only found in dark chocolate products containing 70 percent cacao and 30 percent organic cane sugar.

“While it is well known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids – antioxidents found in foodstuffs – this is the first time the effect has been studied in humans, making it a pretty big deal,” the report said.

To be specific, the researchers looked at the impact of consuming 48g of dark chocolate (70 percent cacao) after 30 mins and after 120 mins, via a series of tests including brain scans.

“For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content – the more sugar, the happier we are,” Lead Researcher Lee S. Berk said.

“This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time, and are encouraged by the findings. These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects,” he added.


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