Saturday, March 29, 2014

IT'S TRUE--CHOCOLATE REALLY IS A MOOD ENHANCER!

by Mary Kennedy             
                                                 


A recent scientific study shows something you’ve probably suspected–eating chocolate really does make you feel better! Almost one thousand men and women were included in the study which examined the amount of chocolate consumed by depressed people versus people who are not depressed. The results are startling. People suffering from major depressive symptoms ate 12 one oz servings of chocolate a month, while those with milder depression ate just 5 servings a month.
  •  Researchers have not come up with a reason for these findings, although past studies indicated that an ingredient in chocolate is the same as a "feel-good" hormone that is related to falling in love.  (Phenylethylamine) So if you feel the urge for chocolate, feel free to indulge. Just remember to use common sense about portion control and to choose dark chocolate, if possible                                          
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 And if you feel you're becoming a chocoholic and your chocolate addiction is seriously getting out of control, here's a tip from Psychological Science. New research shows that the smell of jasmine inhibits a desire for chocolate. So you can always brew a cup of jasmine tea and savor the scent.
                                   
                                                               
 
Enjoy everything in moderation! What's your preference in chocolate? Dark chocolate, milk chocolate? And do you prefer it in cookies, cakes or brownies or do you like to bunch on a chocolate bar?
 
by Mary Kennedy

18 comments:

  1. Now I want chocolate. I prefer milk chocolate but will give dark. I prefer chocolate chips, white cake with chocolate frosting and my favorite candy bar is Snicker.

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  2. I prefer dark chocolate, preferably a less sweet bar.

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  3. Hi Dru, just the thought of the cake makes me hungry and it's only 9:30 in the morning! Guess I better brew some jasmine tea and see if that helps Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Yes to dark chocolate, Sandy! I have a recipe for chocolate bon-bons (made with brownies) that I'm dying to try. If it turns out well, I'll post the recipe here.

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  5. I like to pop a frozen kiss in my mouth and let it melt there. I have thin mints in the freezer right now, waiting to sooth a chocolate craving.

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  6. Ah, thin mints!! Excellent choice. Smart to keep them in the freezer, they are so tempting! Thanks for stopping by, Rachelle.

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  7. Thank you, Doctor! I love chocolate and my favorite is very dark chocolate bar with a hit of chili. So zingy you just about fly around the room afterwards.

    I bring chocolate to all my book signings. Wrapped kisses of course, for health reasons.

    XO

    MJ

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    1. MJ: Are you talking about that NEW flavour from Purdy's? I got a my son some for his Christmas stocking and he LOVED IT!! He's loved hot sauce on his food since he was 6. (I used to make his own ketchup: 3/4 ketchup + 1/4 hot sauce!)

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  8. Dark chocolate with a hint of chili?? I've got to try that! I have a turkey chili recipe from Hungry Girl that includes shavings of dark chocolate. They say it punches up the taste of the chili, but I haven't tried it yet. That is very smart to bring chocolate kisses to book signings...I may steal that idea! Thank for stopping by, MJ.

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  9. A slight correction, the recipe is from "Cook Yourself Thin," not Hungry Girl.

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  10. I'm a bit strange because chocolate is not my favorite. Actually, I'm not much of a sweets person. However, I do make a candy at Christmas that is chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter and rice krispies that I could be addicted to - which is why I only make it once a year. I like it because it's not too sweet, and it's one of the quickest/easiest recipes I've ever made. I do occasionally have some Andes mints, but my main weakness is lemon. I generally buy several boxes of the Girl Scout lemon cookies and freeze them- they're good right out of the freezer. Also, the Lemon Oreos that came out recently could easily become an addiction, so it's probably good that, once the stores sold out of them, they didn't get any more in (guess they were a "trial"). But judging by how fast they sold out and all the people I talked to who loved them, they will probably come back, and then I'll be in trouble.

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  11. Lynda, your Christmas recipe sounds seriously addictive and wonderful! Hope you will post the recipe some day. I love Andes mints. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I think I'll post that bon-bon recipe next week (if my own attempt is successful. Rolling cooked, square brownies into balls sounds a bit daunting, but I'm game. Then they're covered with a white chocolate hard candy topping and confetti sprinkles, very festive!

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  13. Love milk chocolate. Candy bars, fudge, brownies. I love dark choc truffles with milk choc centers. Excuse me, I have to go mop up my drool now.

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  14. Ha-ha, Lisa. I hear ya! I love chocolate in all forms, too! Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check back next Saturday for that bon-bon recipe.

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  15. Ever since I had my kids I've depended on my chocolate stash to keep me sane during my 'time of the month'. I'd buy those 100g Cadbury bars with whole almonds........OMG, YUMMMMMMMY!!! I'd probably go through a 1/2 kilo of chocolate per month! But it kept me from hurting my husband and children! LOL

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    1. Strictly medicinal you understand..........

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  16. Everything needed for a fantastic day. I prefer milk chocolate.

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