Ahhh Chocolate….forget about any health benefits that have been researched, just saying “Chocolate” can be enough to soothe the soul. Isn’t doesn’t seem possible that one little word could make your day before you even consume it, but it can. Okay, maybe there is no proven link between thinking about chocolate and better health, but it sure can help get you through the afternoon doldrums.
Besides perking us up studies have found that chocolate can quiet coughs almost as well as codeine, thanks to the theobromine it contains. This chemical, responsible for chocolate’s feel-good effect, may suppress activity in a part of the brain called the vagus nerve.
One of my favorite ways to get that “feel-good” effect is with homemade hot chocolate.
There is even current research that says chocolate can improve brain blood flow and thinking skills for seniors. Just think how far ahead of the game we could be if we started eating chocolate as a toddler!
So what kind do you think we should have?
Although the are many types of chocolate it is widely believed that dark chocolate is your best bet nutritionally because it’s lowest in sugar and supplies the most beneficial antioxidants, but don’t count other chocolate or cocoa out. There are good uses for both in the kitchen. You might even substitute cocoa for unsweetened chocolate.
Brownie made with melted chocolate on the left and cocoa on the right