But then! A headline caught my eye. Even more reasons why chocolate is good for you! This is the kind of news I need.
Chocolate is chock full of polyphenols. These are the same kinds of antioxidants touted in red wine and green tea. Good for preventing heart disease. Awesome. I’m in. Also, chocolate helps prevent blood clots, the same way aspirin does. Wouldn’t you rather take chocolate? I would.
Also, apparently, a daily small bar of dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure in people with mild hypertension. I don’t personally have this, but I think I need to be on a daily hypertension prevention plan.
Chocolate also is rich in theobromine and phenethylamine, which both are known to elevate one’s mood. Phenethylamine triggers the release of endorphins, those fantastic little buggers involved in such feel-good situations as belly laughter, infatuation, athletic “highs” and orgasms. Hell, yes! I’m definitely in. It also contains anandamide, which interacts with the brain the same way cannabinoids in marijuana do, creating feelings of joy and elation. And hey - you don’t feel creepy when you’re buying it.
Are you ready for more good news? Chocolate boosts the brain’s levels of seratonin. People suffering from depression and women experiencing PMS typically have lower levels of seratonin... might want to listen to that craving. The body is wise, my friends.
I haven’t even eaten any yet, and I already have forgotten about fleas and soccer practice. Go! Go now to the chocolate stash in your kitchen and enjoy it knowing how much you are helping your heart and your brain.
The information here is what I found in several articles, mainly from John Robbins, author of "The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World," the classic "Diet For A New America," and "The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less." To learn more about his work, visit www.johnrobbins.info