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* The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.
What Chocolate Won't Do:
* Studies show that chocolate is not a causative factor in acne.
* Cacao contains stimulants caffeine and bromine, but in such small quantities that they don't cause nervous excitability.
* Chocolate is not addictive.
* Chocolate contains stearic acid, a neutral fat which doesn't raise bad cholesterol.
* Chocolate doesn't make you 'high'. You'd need to eat a huge quantity (about 25lbs at one sitting) to feel any noticeable effect.
But On The Negative Side...
1. Chocolate may trigger headaches in migraine sufferers.
2. Milk chocolate is high in calories, saturated fat and sugar.
What About Chocolate And Your Pets?
* Chocolate is considered dangerous to animals because it contains a stimulant called theobromine, which they can't digest.
* Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are even more dangerous because they contain higher concentrations of substance.
This applies whether chocolate is in candy bar form, or an ingredient in cake, cookies, puddings or ice cream.
* If a pet becomes ill after eating chocolate, take it to vet immediately.
Dark Chocolate Versus Milk Chocolate:
Dark chocolate contains more cacao and less sugar than milk chocolate. It follows that any health benefits would be more pronounced in dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is allowed on popular Montaignac diet while milk chocolate is not.
You'll need to do a little research if you have any health concerns about eating chocolate. But with products like gluten-free and sugar-free brands finding their way onto supermarket shelves, you're sure to find some form of chocolate you can enjoy with a clear conscience.
Marguerite Bonneville is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) whose passion is publishing information online. She is a contributing writer for http://www.romantic-gift-ideas-online.com, a resource site dedicated to helping visitors find the perfect romantic gift.