An Ode to Chocolate
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time we pay homage to one of the world’s oldest romance foods- Chocolate! Recent studies have confirmed what lovers have known for over 1500 years, that chocolate intensifies feelings of love.
Dr. Lewis with the University of Sussex found that regions in the brain that activate during kissing remain engaged four times longer when couples kiss after consuming chocolate. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine and seratonin, substances that occur naturally in the brain and are released when we experience feelings of love and happiness. The fragrance of chocolate excites the taste buds and causes the brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters often referred to as the “love chemical.”
Chocolate also contains the most potent group of antioxidants, phenols, the same antioxidant type present in red wine. Studies also suggest that flavonoids, the plant pigment present in chocolate, help to eliminate carcinogens in the body and inhibit mechanisms that cause cancer cells.
Remember chocolate this Valentine’s Day as a way to celebrate both love and health with your special someone!
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