Shave dark chocolate into savoury dishes and barbecue sauces – you’ll add a richer flavour along with flavonoids and polyphenols. Both lower your risk of heart disease and keep your cholesterol in check. In a 15-year study, Dutch scientists determined that men who ate just 4g of cocoa a day halved their risk of dying from heart disease. That’s the equivalent of two 25-calorie Hershey’s Kisses – an amount that can fit into any diet. And if you’re the M&M kind of person, pick the variety with peanuts. The chocolate will trigger the release of instantly-relaxing endorphins, while the nuts will replenish your protein stores to help keep you focused.
Want a runner’s high without the annoying running part? Eat a little dark chocolate; it will give you a shot of endorphins, a natural morphine.
Chocolate contains three magic substances: caffeine, theobromine and phenylethylamine. Caffeine stimulates the senses, theobromine elevates mood, while phenylethylamine triggers the release of endorphins. And it’s worth indulging your lady her favourite treat, too. Urologists from San Raffaele Hospital in Italy found that women who have a daily intake of chocolate showed higher levels of desire than those who don’t. Additionally, researchers from the University of Sussex in the UK found that women get more pleasure from eating chocolate than from 10 minutes of kissing. Higher desire, more pleasure…do you see where we’re going?