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20 Reasons to Have a Love Affair With Chocolate (as if you needed more reasons…)

Originally published at Jake’s Health Solutions

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles M. Schulz

I’m not sure exactly why the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus gave the cacao tree the scientific name Theobroma, but it is certainly deserved: the term means “food of the gods” in Latin.

Chocolate’s unique combination of flavor, aroma, and mouth feel provides a captivating experience that has given the confection its “guilty pleasure” reputation.

But chocolate doesn’t have to be forbidden. In fact, a growing body of research shows that, in moderation, it provides impressive health benefits.

Chocolate is one of the most-craved foods in the world, and the reasons go beyond its pleasing taste and texture – it contains over 300 naturally-occurring chemicals, some of which make you feel happy via the release of certain neurotransmitters.

Here are a few of the feel-good chemicals in chocolate and their affects…

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About the author

Lisa Egan

Lisa Egan has been passionate about nutrition and fitness for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a minor in Nutrition. Lisa has managed two medically supervised weight control centers, worked as a personal trainer and wellness educator, and is a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach. She is the owner of Lisa Egan Nutrition Coaching and the website All About Habits. Lisa enjoys helping people improve their health and is dedicated to keeping up with the latest research in nutrition science and behavior change psychology. You can contact Lisa via email at lmegan02@gmail.com.