Sometimes stress can be so overwhelming you’ll look anywhere for some relief. Luckily, one way to de-stress yourself, is also a delicious way. This article was in Self Magazine:
Eat to Beat Stress
Dark chocolate: Indulge! In a study published in the Journal of Proteome Research, people who ate 1 1/2 oz dark chocolate daily had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who didn’t eat the sweet. Researchers suggest that polyphenols in chocolate may alter metabolism in ways that affect production of the hormone. Be choosy: Sugary chocolate could spike blood sugar and lead to a crash. Look for a bar containing 60 to 74 percent cocoa solids and enjoy a square with a handful of strawberries, which might help protect your brain against the ravages of stress.
The brand that I prefer is Lindt, they make a 70% cocoa chocolate bar with way less sugar than your usual supermarket brand (only 12g for 4 squares). Don’t buy a bar just because the label says “Dark” or “Special Dark”, always check the label to find out how much cocoa is really in the bar, and be sure to check the sugar content as well; a lot of companies will add extra sugar to offset the bitterness of the cocoa. Once you’ve found a chocolate you love, break off your serving size, find a nice quiet place, and take a few minutes to de-stress and indulge!