Can Chocolate Really Improve My Mood? Friars Investigates
We understand, perhaps more than most people just how effective chocolate can be at improving your mood and making you feel better. Chocolate advertisers have been toying with this idea for years, just think of the old 80’s and 90’s chocolate adverts and you’ll plunge into a decadent, heavenly and slightly cheeky pleasure that is hard to replicate with other foods. This is all because chocolate in itself is a luxury item, one that can be enjoyed in moderation and can of course offer some physical and mental health benefits, thanks to the complexity of the ingredients used.
That’s exactly why we use only the finest quality ingredients in our luxury chocolates and chocolate gifts because we want to ensure not only that our chocolates are as good for you as they can be, we also want to ensure each bite is a taste sensation. So, whether it’s traditional chocolates you’re after, vegan chocolates or of course our handcrafted confectionary – here’s why a little indulgence can actually be good for you!
According to Chris Aiken MD in the Psychiatric Times:
“Dark chocolate lowers the risk of depression, according to a survey of over 13,000 US adults. The study compared self-reported chocolate consumption with self-reported depressive symptoms. People who ate dark chocolate within 24 hours of reporting were 70% less likely to report depression.”
“It did not take much dark chocolate to achieve these antidepressant effects. On average, the consumers of dark chocolate ate only 12 grams a day, a little less than half an ounce. The cut-off for “dark” chocolate was ≥ 45% cocoa.”
So, what does science say? Chocolate, or more specifically dark chocolate is full of essential nutrients which have been proven to aid the release of hormones such as Serotonin and Dopamine, these nutrients include Flavanols, Caffeine, Phenylethylamine and N-acylethanolamines. These compounds are known for improving mood and cognition, allowing your brain to work more effectively and you to feel better in yourself.
So, the short answer to our question, yes, chocolate, but specifically Dark Chocolate can help better your mood when it’s enjoyed in moderation. It is of course not a miracle cure and anyone suffering with depression, stress or other related mental health conditions should speak to their doctor, or a local mental health charity for further advice. Reach out and support each other as your health certainly does come before chocolate, even to us!