Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Self-Love Lesson #3: C is Chocolate

Eating chocolate falls under the indulgence category of Self-Love. Yielding to, satisfying or gratifying self without restraint.  Now all that is easy to do with chocolate because it is yummy and heavenly; literally heavenly since its botanical name theobroma cacao’s breaks down this way: theos (god) + broma (food) = ‘food of the gods.’   No surprise there because anything that tastes as good as chocolate can only come from the Creator of all.

And according to researchers chocolate may have some health benefits via flavonoids found in the cacao bean. Dark chocolate contains a higher percentage of cocoa than white or milk chocolate. Full disclosure: I prefer milk chocolate!   Solid dark chocolate is the best for you.  When part of a healthy lifestyle it can improve heart health, blood pressure, reduce LDL aka "bad" cholesterol, increase blood flow to the brain and it may also improve blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, reducing diabetes risk.  Woohoooo!!!!

Screech!!!!!! Suggested portion size is small like an ounce but ‘they’ say it will last if you eat it s-l-o-w-l-y, which is not a hard thing to do just let it melt ever so slowly in your mouth; I personally prefer good old-fashioned candy but other forms are:
·        Pure cocoa powder: (2 tablespoons): 40 calories, 1 gram of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat
·        Unsweetened baking chocolate (1 ounce):140 calories, 14 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat.
·        Semisweet or milk chocolate (1 ounce): 135 calories, 8.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat.
·        Dark chocolate (1 ounce): 142 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 6 grams of saturated fat

Then there is the feel-good aspect of chocolate!  It contains the chemicals phenylethylamine and serotonin, which are thought to be mood boosters and mild sexual stimulants.  

So let’s recap:  Tastes yummy, has healthy effects, is a mood booster and a mild sexual stimulant!

I say: Get your chocolate on!

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