Research Says Eating A Little Dark Chocolate Can Make You Happier

Scientists say there is definite benefit to eating dark chocolate!

November 12, 2019
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Full disclosure: I LOVE CHOCOLATE! Since I was a kid drinking chocolate milk, eating chocolate candy daily no probelma but I could never accept the taste of dark chocolate...BLEH! That was then, this is now: I LOVE DARK CHOCOLATE! 

Sweets is a treat that I have to watch because my body just loves the sugar and absorbs it (weight gain)! So learning how to be more discipline in my chocolate desire I had to learn to appreciate dark chocolate. Now that I know it's actually good for you I enjoy it guilt free! 

There have been a lot of studies that show the benefits of dark chocolate from reducing LDL ("bad cholesterol") levels; can help reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 30 percent, and the risk of dying from a stroke by nearly 50 percent. Studies have even found that eating chocolate at least once per week can improve cognitive functioning. Holy smokes I'm reaching for my dark chocolate right now! But wait there's more good news!

Research from University College London found people who ate dark chocolate in two 24-hour periods were 70% less likely to report depressive symptoms than those who didn’t eat any chocolate. So basically, eating dark chocolate can make you feel happier. So what’s the catch? All the participants needed was half an ounce of chocolate per day, which isn’t much.

The research finds that the mood boost only happens if you ENJOY the chocolate, so you have to actually like dark chocolate for it to help. The effect may be more correlational than causal, but if it works, do we really care how? We get to eat chocolate and be happy and that’s the important part.

I agree! I found my favorite dark chocolate with little bits of almond and I can enjoy four of these bite size sweets guilt free. The effect on my mood? Happy! ~grace