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Everything You Think You Know About Beating Stress is Wrong

  • October 23, 2011
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Yesterday’s Wisdom: Never soothe yourself with food.
Today’s Smart Strategy
: Treat yourself to chocolate.

We’ve been warned that bingeing on cookies and ice cream is a poor way to ease a worried state of mind and can actually create more anxiety. But here’s a sweet exception to the rule: Indulging in a little chocolate can actually help. According to new findings published in the Journal of Proteome Research, eating a few pieces of dark chocolate when you’re feeling on edge can help calm your nerves. (Unfortunately for you milk chocolate lovers, the researchers believe the flavonoids in dark chocolate are responsible for this soothing effect.) In the study, stressed-out participants who ate 1 ½ ounces of dark chocolate a day for 2 weeks had reduced levels of stress hormones. We can’t think of a better way to treat yourself to some dessert, guilt-and stress-free!

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5:00AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

this is interestingg. and YESS CHOCOLATE. CHOCOLATE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING.

9:49PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Do Something You Love :)

3:15AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you :)

4:45AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thank you :)

3:45PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

whatever works

12:43PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:24AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

i'm feeling pretty stressed up right now :/

2:33PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

2:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

2:30PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

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