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Dark Chocolate Definitely Eases Emotional Stress

Dark Chocolate Definitely Eases Emotional Stress

OK, honestly? It doesn’t take a scientist to tell me that chocolate makes me feel better. But they’re saying it anyway–new evidence that dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress was just published in “Metabolic Effects of Dark Chocolate Consumption on Energy, Gut Microbiota, and Stress-Related Metabolism in Free-Living Subjects.” I don’t know how my gut microbiota feel about it, but it’s doing wonders for my mood.

The study found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed.The daily dose also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances. And that’s not all…Sunil Kochhar and colleagues note growing scientific evidence that antioxidants and other beneficial substances in dark chocolate may reduce risk factors for heart disease and other physical conditions. Although studies in the past have suggested that chocolate may ease emotional stress, there was little evidence until now from research in humans on exactly how chocolate might have those stress-busting effects.

In the study, scientists identified reductions in stress hormones and other stress-related biochemical changes in volunteers who rated themselves as highly stressed and ate dark chocolate for two weeks. “The study provides strong evidence that a daily consumption of 40 grams [1.4 ounces] during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human volunteers,” the scientists say. Sign me up…

For more about the importance of Fair Trade Certified chocolate, see Easy Greening: Chocolate.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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2:11PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

All chocolate should be slavery free.

To help make that happen, encourage Nestlé to keep their promises to end slavery in their production by signing my petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/431/525/548/sell-slavery-free-chocolate/

9:38AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

thanks

11:06AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

:-)

12:57AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Great article, thanks for sharing!

6:21AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thanks for the info.

8:46AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

glad when science says perceptions are right--so often not the case

1:51PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

thanks :)

5:56AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

"...The study provides strong evidence that a daily consumption of 40 g of dark chocolate during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of free living and healthy human subjects, as per variation of both host and gut microbial metabolism."
From the article on the link.

5:51AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

The new over-the counter remedy when dark chocolate is fair trade, organic, and a reasonable cost -- or grown in your back yard.
"...a daily consumption of 40 grams [1.4 ounces] during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human volunteers,” the scientists say."

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/dark-chocolate-definitely-eases-emotional-stress.html#ixzz1nJ5iJth5

7:19AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

So what is it, the caffeine that does the trick? A lot of things have antioxidants.

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