Chocolate and stress

You may have suspected it all along, but researchers have found more evidence that chocolate can be good for you. Eating a small amount of dark chocolate every day for two weeks appears to change the metabolism of highly stressed people for the better. In a small sample of volunteers, eating 1.4 ounces a day of dark chocolate (it didn’t say how dark) reduced levels of cortisol and also lessened stress-related differences in metabolism. This article from Science Daily has a little more information.

The article itself is:
Metabolic Effects of Dark Chocolate Consumption on Energy, Gut Microbiota, and Stress-Related Metabolism in Free-Living Subjects, Francois-Pierre J. Martin, Serge Rezzi, Emma Per-Trepat, Beate Kamlage, Sebastiano Collino, Edgar Leibold, Jürgen Kastler, Dietrich Rein, Laurent B. Fay, and Sunil Kochhar. Journal of Proteome Research, Article ASAP; Published online October 7, 2009. DOI: 10.1021/pr900607v


  1. Yay! I just had some chocolate to celebrate. (Dagoba fair trade dark chocolate…my favorite.)

  2. Dagoba is one of my favorites too, and the darker the better. Being introduced to their Eclipse bar was one of my formative chocolate experiences. :)

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