Food Fact Fridays!


*CHOCOLATE*

 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.

TGIF!

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About thestubbiechef

I am married to the greatest man, Brad, who also happens to be the "bestest" friend ever! He loves that my hobby is food, because, well, he loves food! He encourages me and helps me out in the kitchen from time to time. Baking has become a new passion for me. It seems that I make pretty good pies. I like to make cookies as well. I tried my hand at cupcakes, but I don't have the patience to play the waiting game. I have always loved to cook. My Memom is my main influence. I had the pleasure of living with her on 2 separate occasions and learned a lot by just watching and helping. She was also the kind of cook who could open the pantry and throw together something pretty quick. I was so glad that I picked up on that skill. Some of my better meals have been the ones that I just "threw together" what I could scrounge up in the pantry and fridge. Italian cuisine is my first love, growing up in an Italian family and being from New Jersey. I also have dabbled a little in Asian cooking. I am getting pretty good at pork fried rice. My husband grew up in the south, for the most part, so I have been trying my hand at things like chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and the likes. Living in Texas has opened doors into Mexican cuisine, but I think I will leave the tortilla making to the experts. I love to get new recipes and to share new recipes that I have discovered. That is why I wanted to start this blog! I hope to share my experience with others who also love to cook! I hope that you enjoy what you read and keep coming back!

Posted on April 15, 2011, in Chocolate, Food, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I had a good laugh at the Red Hat lady mention. What a great idea to make a non-red Velvet cupcake. So cool! It’s one of my favorite cakes as well yet I can’t really figure out why since I am a sworn chocoholic and it is not really a chocolate cake…just a tad of chocolate. Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  2. As a child we, my siblings and I were given a lot of penicillian in this chocolate flavored junk. When I taste some chocolates I can taste that penicillian to this good day. If you have ever tasted penicillian you know that nothing tastes as bad as that stuff. We also had to take penicillian in orange flavored candy. I don’t care of orange flavored candy either.

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