Food Fact Fridays!
I love chocolate. If you have come around for a while this information isn’t actually headlines. I have, and will, post a lot of chocolate related recipes. There is only one thing I like more than chocolate and that is chocolate and peanut butter, together. White chocolate, in my opinion, shouldn’t even be called chocolate. Dark chocolate is my absolute favorite. When deciding which food to feature this week, it was only natural that I chose chocolate for Food Fact Friday.
I am obviously not alone in my love affair because every year Americans consume an average of 11 pounds per person or 2.8 billion pounds total each year. That is over 50% of the world’s chocolate. Wow! Here’s something that the women won’t find surprising; twice as many woman then men eat and crave chocolate and, about those cravings, only chocolate can fulfill that need more than any other sweet treat.
Chocolate does a body good too. Studies have shown that milk chocolate, even when consumed daily for a length of time, will not raise blood cholesterol levels. Chocolate is rich in stearic acid. Stearic acid, a saturated fat found milk chocolate, is known to have neutral effects on blood cholesterol levels.
Another interesting tidbit I discovered is that people who are prone to depression crave chocolate. Chocolate can act like an anti-depressant. Research shows that the endorphins found in chocolate can cause relaxation and improve mood in those who suffer from depression, anxiety or those who are chronic worrier’s. As good as this may sound, researchers aren’t claiming chocolate is the cure-all nor do they suggest replacing medication with chocolate. Depression is serious and seeking help from a professional is always best. At least now I know the reason I always reach for chocolate when I am having a bad day. Well, a good excuse anyway.
It’s always fun to discover a little something about your favorite treat.