Darrell Lea’s Karen Cusack knows chocolate is good for the tastebuds as well as mind and body.
Darrell Lea’s Karen Cusack knows chocolate is good for the tastebuds as well as mind and body. Blainey Woodham

Chocolate is healthy

CHOCOLATE-lovers no longer have to feel guilty when they indulge in a cocoa snack after recent research proved it benefits both health and mind.

Research carried out at McMaster University in Canada indicated that eating one bar of chocolate per week can help decrease the risk of stroke and prevent the formation of blood clots that can lead to a heart attack.

But nutritionist and Naturopath Olwen Anderson said moderation was still important.

“It’s good in moderation, as are many other foods. Moderation is the key to making the most of the benefits of chocolate without the pimple-inducing side effects,” Ms Anderson said.

“The natural substances in chocolate really do help improve your mood, that’s why many people feel happier after eating chocolate. For the best effect, eat high quality chocolate with at least 70 per cent cocoa.”

According to research presented to the British Psychological Society chocolate could be beneficial for mentally challenging tasks, improving your work performance.

DID YOU KNOW?

The word chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl which means bitter water.

Chocolate-makers use 40 per cent of the world’s almonds and 20 per cent of the world’s peanuts.

Melting chocolate in your mouth raises brain activity and heart rate more intensely than kissing.



Four things to do this weekend

Four things to do this weekend

There's plenty happening across the Tweed this weekend

Jon prepares to lose his locks on his own terms

Jon prepares to lose his locks on his own terms

Bilambil man to cut dreadlocks to raise money for cancer

Sunny weekend set for the Tweed

Sunny weekend set for the Tweed

It's set to be a sunny weekend for the Tweed.

Local Partners