5 Of Chocolate's Sweet Benefits Highlighted In New American Chemical Society VideoMain Category: Nutrition / Diet
Article Date: 13 Feb 2013 - 0:00 PST
5 Of Chocolate's Sweet Benefits Highlighted In New American Chemical Society Video
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Just in time for Valentine's Day, the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, has released a new Bytesize Science video featuring five chemistry facts that highlight why chocolate, in moderation, may be good for you.
The video explains how a bar of chocolate contains hundreds of compounds, many with beneficial properties. Among the video's "sweet" facts:
- Chocolate may improve your mood, and not just because of its delicious flavor. Chocolate contains a number of chemicals that inhibit the breakdown of the neurotransmitter anandamide - sometimes called "the molecule of bliss" - which can block feelings of pain and depression.
- Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, stimulants that can provide a burst of energy.
- According to an article from the ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the naturally occurring polyphenols in cocoa - the key ingredient in chocolate - boost levels of HDL, commonly known as the "good cholesterol."
- Chocolate may reduce stroke risk in men.
- A little dark chocolate may reduce stress.
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