Thursday, April 30, 2009

Benefits of Dark Chocolate on Mood

PsychCentral has an article today about the benefits of dark chocolate, Sisters and Brothers. Your Chocolate Priestess hope that each of you reads it but I did want to mention a few of the points so you even if you don't, you don't run out and starting eating large quantities of the Sacred Substance without good purpose which can only be born of good thought.

First, the benefits of dark chocolate are found daily but only in a 1 ounce serving. That is not much so please don't go out and buy that large candy bar.

Second, and this is one I did not realize though I never do this for other reasons, consuming milk at the same time will lower your bodies ability to use the beneficial chemicals in dark chocolate. I, as you know from reading the Saturday Sacraments, drink water with my chocolate do that I am focused on pure experience with the Offering.

There are a few questions that are not answered in this article. What percent of darkness is required for greatest benefit? Do preservatives or added ingredients weaker these benefits? For example are dark chocolate covered blueberries better or worse than just blueberries or the chocolate? While this article mentioned that dark chocolate improves mood it didn't specify by what degree or how that was measured.

As always, read anything you see about chocolate with an analytical mind and listen to anything you hear with a skeptical ear. Only then can you make the best decisions on how you can use chocolate to get closer to the Divine.

Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.

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