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Why chocolate is good for your health

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 11:25

Washington: As Valentine`s Day approaches, the American Chemical Society (ACS) - the world`s largest scientific society, has released a new Bytesize Science video today 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 were that 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."


First Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 11:25
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