Lifestyle

Chocolate: minerals, antioxidants and happiness

David Hammond of Sweet Obsession in Murwillumbah.
David Hammond of Sweet Obsession in Murwillumbah. John Gass

SUNDAY was International Chocolate Day and we could not let this scrumptious annual acknowledgement of man's finest culinary achievement pass without reflecting on this milky wonder.

You might think of chocolate as a sinful indulgence, but according to Tweed nutritionist and naturopath Olwen Anderson this is not the case.

"There are both psychical and emotional benefits to eating chocolate," Ms Anderson said, much to the delight of this reporter.

She said chocolate contained antioxidants and darker chocolates had minerals, such as magnesium.

David Hammond of Sweet Obsession in Murwillumbah.
David Hammond of Sweet Obsession in Murwillumbah. John Gass

But the goodness doesn't stop there. Ms Anderson confirmed what all choccie lovers already know - chocolate makes you feel better.

"Psychologically it gives you a bit of a boost," she said.

"It affects the neurotransmitters in the brain and can improve your sense of happiness."

"But (why is there always a but?), the key to enjoying chocolate is moderation."

"When you examine the amount of fat and sugar it is quite dense."

"It's easy to go over board."

Ms Anderson said eating a block of chocolate every night was way too much.

"Eat it consciously," she said.

What is your favourite chocolate?

This poll ended on 17 July 2013.

Current Results

Milk

36%

White

13%

Dark

50%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  chocolate



Australia's Angels of rock continue to roll

The Angels' Sam, Rick and John Brewster, Dave Gleeson and Nick Norton.

"We've been lucky to write songs that stand the test of time”

Tweed Heads Seagulls hatch five year master plan

An artist's impression of how a revamped Piggabeen Sports Complex could potentially look under Tweed Heads Seagulls Rugby League Club's masterplan.

"We want to invest in Piggabeen to get to the next level”

Doctors say new clinical plan is vital for Tweed Hospital

HEALTHY DISCUSSION: Dr Robert Davies, Dr Sarah Limbourn, Dr Mike Lindley-Jones and Dr Alasdair Arthur outside the Tweed Hospital earlier this year.

Medical staff call for urgent update to Tweed Clinical Services Plan

Local Partners

Quins mum: 'Hey Miranda Kerr, want to wife-swap with me?'

"WE'RE supposed to make an effort to look perfect for our husbands? I've got eight kids lady, getting out of bed is an effort."

Sex worker reveals dirty details of working in ‘love ranch’

Picture: Sheri's Ranch Source:Supplied

What it's really like to work as a prostitute at a love ranch

RECIPE: Seasonal fruits make a super summery wine

Apricot and peach fruit wine.

Try this fermentation process for a fruity wine

RECIPE: Cream of the breakfast crop

The creamiest oat and rye porridge.

Old techniques produce great breakfast

Incest siblings recognised as parents in landmark court ruling

But unknown to them they shared the same mother.

RECIPE: No risking it with this biscuit

These delicious almond biscuits are perfect for a morning tea treat.

Perfect for morning tea or a Christmas gift