chocolate treats boost your mood, health and even your
It's not in your
prove that chocolate really does make you feel happier.
That's because it increases your body's levels of
mood-effecting chemicals, including serotonin and
dopamine, as well as spurring a rise in phenylethylamine,
which your body normally releases when you fall in love.
Of course, chocolate often contains lots of sugar and
fat, with can put a damper on your mood once you hit the
scale after all that medicinal munching.
you can still have your mood-enhancing chocolate and eat
it, too. Simply switch to dark! There's less sugar,
which helps reduce calories as well as avoid the steep sugar
crash that comes with eating lots of the white stuff.
Plus, as you've probably already heard, the darker the
chocolate, the more disease-fighting antioxidants it
contains, making it downright healthy!
candy makers have recently caught on to the many
benefits of dark chocolate and introduced extra dark versions of their
chocolate treats including
Hershey's Extra Dark,
Hershey's Cacao Reserve,
Intense Dark Gourmet Chocolate Bars,
But some other candy
makers have gone one step further, providing even more
heart-healthy nutrients to libido-enhancing
aphrodisiacs. Read on to learn all about these
Dark chocolate-covered pumpkin seeds
sugar than a piece of fruit and less sodium and
carbs than a nutrition bar, this sweet treat comes with
a healthful dose of iron, magnesium,
zinc, protein and fiber from the roasted pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin Seed Crunch, $6.95 for 5 ounces,
Bissingers.com, (800) 325-8881
chocolate with a heart-healthy twist
From the makers
of the Dove bar comes dark chocolate infused with
natural plant sterols, which have been shown to help
lower cholesterol by up to 8% and promote healthy
circulation. Choose from chocolate bars, chocolate bars
with blueberries or almonds, chocolate covered almonds
and crispy chocolate snack bars with rice, oat and soy
CocoaVia, $4.99 per four-pack,
Chocollissmima is touted as the first dark chocolate bar to boost your libido
as well as your mood! How's it work its sexy magic? The
makers include a dash of Borojoa, an Amazonian fruit
that increases energy and is said to act as an
Chocollissima, $34.95 for 24 bars 12 grams each,
Phytobase.com, (801) 705.0555 (On back order. Add your name to the
waiting list today to get first dibs!)
chocolate with a light touch
If you don't
have much of a sweet tooth but you don't want to miss out
on the mood-boosting, healthful benefits of
chocolate, Bubble Wrap has the answer. They've mixed
dark chocolate with thousands of bubbles to create an
airy chocolate treat that's lighter and more subtle than
its richer chocolate bar competitors.
yourself: Bubble Wrap
$7.49 for 3 bars,
Did you know?
Dark chocolate gives your skin a more
youthful glow by plumping it, improving moisture and
reducing redness, according to a recent study from
Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The polyphenols in dark chocolate also
help prevent further aging by reducing your skin’s
sensitivity to UV rays!
Attend the festival!
Wild Wonderful Chocolate Festival, Oakhurst,
California. Go for the chocolate, baking contest,
coloring contest, Mountain Dessert competition and kazoo