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Chocolate Calms Emotions: A Yummy Way to Reduce Stress

Feb 01, 2010 03:00AM

Chocolate can indeed assuage emotional stress, according to a new clinical trial. Researchers reporting to the American Chemical Society found that “highly stressed” volunteers, eating about an ounce-and-a-half (about 40 grams) of dark chocolate a day for two weeks, experienced reduced levels of stress hormones. The chocolate even partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances by modifying metabolism.

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