: CALM Connection: A Chocolate Every Day May Keep Stress at Bay
Posted May 10, 2016
Courtesy of Organic Connections
Willy Wonka was definitely onto something. Chocolate does make everything more fun and less stressful, and science may explain why.
Researchers had subjects eat a mere 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate daily. At the end of just two weeks, those who had rated themselves as highly stressed at the start had lower blood and urine levels of stress hormone cortisol, as well as decreased "fight-or-flight" hormones known as catecholamines. It's chocolates' naturally high levels of the mineral magnesium that's responsible for this stress-less benefit.
So feel good about keeping some organic dark chocolate on hand, and imbibing. It's important though to opt for chocolate with 70 percent or higher cocoa content. Also, look for dark chocolate that's sweetened with plant-based sweeteners like stevia instead of refined sugar which can deplete magnesium.
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