Before we all clock off for the Easter weekend, we thought we’d share some old research and egg-cellent news for chocolate lovers.
Researchers found that eating an average-sized dark chocolate bar (about 40 grammes) each day for two weeks reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the “fight-or-flight” hormones known as catecholamines in highly stressed people.
The results showed that eating dark chocolate daily reduced stress hormone levels in those who had high anxiety levels.
Researchers also say dark chocolate appeared to have beneficial effects on the participants’ metabolism and microbial activity in the gut.
The study appeared in the Journal of Proteome Research back in 2009 was conducted by researchers at the Nestle Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.
And finally, from all of the team at Cognacity Towers, have a cracking Easter and remember: indulge in moderation because even dark chocolate is still high in kilojoules and saturated fat!