Chocolate Benefits, Facts and Fun

Researchers have recently discovered that drinking a cup of hot chocolate before meals may actually diminish appetite.

That's the news I have been waiting for!

I have always been a firm believer in the health benefits of chocolate. I was a believer even in the good old days when chocolate wasn’t considered “good” for you. The myth surrounding chocolate has always been if it tastes so good, it must be bad for your health.



Do you want to be thinner? Eat or drink this before dinner!

Regardless, the four basic food groups, to me, have always been: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and chocolate with nuts. (There are some fanatics who say, forget the nuts, they just take up space where chocolate ought to be.)

But I’m not the only one who believes in the merits of chocolate. Here are some quotes from famous and infamous people who are also chocolate-lovers:

Katherine Hepburn
Katherine Hepburn
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson

Happiness is finding another turtle (a milk-chocolate candy with pecans and caramel) still in the box. – Katherine Hepburn

Ideas should be clear and chocolate thick. Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso. – Spanish proverb

Some people believe that carob, a brown powder made from the pulverized fruit of a Mediterranean evergreen, is an adequate substitute for chocolate. Why? Because when carob is combined with vegetable fat and sugar it can be manufactured to approximate the color and consistency of chocolate. Of course, the same argument can be made persuasively in favor of dirt.

I’m just starting to scratch the surface of what women really want. I don’t know, but the answer probably lies somewhere between chocolate and conversation. – Mel Gibson.

Have you heard about the 12-step chocoholics program:?

NEVER

BE

MORE

THAN

12 STEPS

AWAY

FROM

CHOCOLATE.

Ogden Nash
Ogden Nash
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
Betcha can't eat just one!
Betcha can't eat just one!

If some confectioners were willing, To let the shape announce the filling, We’d encounter fewer assorted chocs, Bitten into and returned to the box. – Ogden Nash

Chocolate causes specific endocrine glands to secrete specific hormones that affect your behavior by making you feel happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression and reduces stress. Your subsequent stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both mentally and physically. Ergo, eat lots of chocolate!

 

Superior strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four equal pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

 

Have you heard the story about this guy who found a bottle floating on the ocean. He opened it and out popped a grateful genie who gave him three wishes. The guy wished for a million dollars, and poof! There was a million dollars. Then he wished for a Lamborghini convertible, and poof! There was the convertible. And then, he wished he could be irresistible to all women... poof! He turned into a box of chocolates.

Why use cartridges in battle? I always carry chocolate instead. – George Bernard Shaw

 

I don't understand why so many "so called" chocolate lovers complain about the calories in chocolate, when all true chocoholics know that it is a vegetable. It comes from the cocoa bean, beans are veggies, 'nuff said.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks

… the taste of chocolate is a sensual pleasure in itself, existing in the same world as sex … for myself, I can enjoy the wicked pleasure of chocolate … entirely by myself. Furtiveness makes it better. – Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Seen recently on a tee shirt ~ EMERGENCY ALERT: If wearer of this shirt is found vacant, listless, or depressed, Administer CHOCOLATE Immediately!

I am a serious chocoholic. For the serious chocoholic, chocolate is better than sex. If you believe that, you REALLY need to meet that special someone who can change your mind. If you HAVE met that special someone and still believe that, I REALLY NEED to know where you get your chocolate!!!

Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. – Forrest Gump (portrayed by Tom Hanks)

If life is like a box of chocolates, then it’s time for me to buy another box; I seem to have already eaten all the good ones!

I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process . . .

. . . it may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?

Nobody know the truffles I've seen!

Milton Hershey
Milton Hershey
Charles Schultz
Charles Schultz
Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer

Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing. – Milton Hershey (founder of the Hershey company)

Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least, you'll get one thing done.

In the beginning, the Lord created chocolate, and he saw that it was good. Then he separated the light from the dark, and it was better.

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz (Lucy in the "Peanuts" comic strip).

All of the evil that people have thrust upon chocolate is really more deserved by milk chocolate, which is essentially contaminated. The closer you get to a pure chocolate liquor (the chocolate essence ground from roasted cacao beans) the purer it is, the more satisfying it is, the safer it is, and the healthier it is.Arnold Ismach (scientist)

Researchers have discovered that chocolate produced some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are. – Matt Lauer

My favorite chocolate one-liners

Exercise is a dirty word ... Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

I could give up chocolate but I'm not a quitter.

Put the chocolate in the bag and nobody gets hurt.

A day without chocolate is a day without sunshine.

A chocolate in the mouth is worth two on the plate.

chocolate yummy bars
chocolate yummy bars
chocolate double yummy stars
chocolate double yummy stars
chocolate triple yummy truffles
chocolate triple yummy truffles

If it ain't chocolate, it ain't breakfast!

Chocolate: Here today . . . Gone today!

There's nothing better than a good friend . . . except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Forget love-- I'd rather fall in chocolate!!!

I never met a chocolate I didn't like.

Chocolate - The breakfast of champions!

A balanced diet is chocolate in each hand.

Chocolate doesn't make the world go around ... but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile!

Man cannot live on chocolate alone; but woman sure can.

Everything I eat should contain either garlic or chocolate, but preferably, not both.

Nobody knows the truffles I've seen!

Latest findings about the health benefits of chocolate

> Cacao, the source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Of course, this is counteracted by the high sugar content of milk chocolate.
> The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation.
> Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mild mood elevator.
> The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which may raise good cholesterol.
> Men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don't. No statistics available concerning women.

> The flavenoids in chocolate may help keep blood vessels elastic.
> Chocolate increases antioxidant levels in the blood.
> Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites.
> The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.
> Chocolate does not make you 'high'. You would need to eat a huge quantity – about 25 pounds at one sitting – to feel any noticeable effect.

Simply put ... everyone has a price. Mine is chocolate!

Copyright BJ Rakow 2010, 2011. All rights reserved Author, Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So



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sree1987 6 years ago from India

Wow.

It is a fantastic hub. I never expected this much depth knowledge about chocolates. You covered the history and benefits of chocolates. The way you explained was really awesome.

Thanks for the hub.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Wow, scree 1987, what lovely comments. Glad you enjoyed this hub - it was my pleasure to research and write.

For years, chocolate has had a bad rap. Now we're learning that chocolate, in moderation, is extremely beneficial to your health - especially dark chocolate.

But I still like nuts with my chocolate - even if they do take up room.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

What a yummy hub . . . and I agree with the chocolates and garlic quote. On the other hand, I have discovered that the Lindt dark chocolate with chili pepper is amazingly good-- smooth and rich with a little zing in the aftertaste.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for the visit, Rochelle.

Since you recommend it, I'll have to try the Lindt dark wit chili pepper. Certainly sounds zingy.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

A great hub - all that fun you can have with chocolate and it being good for you. Makes me want to go grab that kit Kat I have in the fridge.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Grab it, Billy - I'll never tell. Thanks for the visit and the kind comment and also for letting me know about the broken link. You are definitely a hubbuddy.


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Wisdom and Glory 6 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

mouth watering hub!!!......... chk out mine as well :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you Wisdom and Glory - fascinated by that name - and thanks for the kind comment. Will check out yours, too. Hub, that is.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh I must say I love Forest Gump one of my favorite movies my daughter and I have watched it numerous times, Ah life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your gonna get. Love that line and love this great read, I do love the way you write, thanks for the chocolate benefits facts and fun!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, katie, for your visit and your sweet, like chocolate, comments. You and your daughter have extremely good taste. "Forrest Gump" is one of the best family-friendly movies ever made: entertaining and with a positive spin.


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jasonycc 6 years ago from South East Asia

All the more reasons to eat chocolate after reading this hub especially on the latest findings on chocolate's health benefits.

Love the compilation of quotes. My favourite is :

Superior strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four equal pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

I am so greedy when it comes to chocolate.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Jason. I knew we had something powerful in common. I love chocolate, too, and have never had the superior strength to eat just one serving. I suspect you may be the same.

How can anyone not like something that not only tastes good but is so good for you - within reason of course. Thanks for stopping by. Delighted you enjoyed the quotes.


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

I love your research, love your quotes, love your pictures, and love, love, love chocolate! Meet another chocoholic!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

mysterylady - you love my quotes, pictures and chocolate. So do I. Thank you fellow-chocoholic, for your visit and gracious comments.

If you love chocolate, you may also be fond of doughnuts and or chocolate chip cookies. Take a look at my hubs, "Doughnuts are Good for You" and "Chocolate Chip Cookies Seven Scrumptious Recipes." :)


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Chocolate is simply irresistible to almost all people, young or old, girl or boy. Chocolate is just something that people love. Some people even put chocolate in rice porridge, which is so yummy too! Thanks for this yummy and interesting hub.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

How nice to meet you, PaperNotes. Delighted you found my hub so yummy and interesting. Chocolate on rice porridge? Now that's an idea! We chocoholics have to stick together.


cons11 6 years ago

MMM....i love eating chocolate, and now i have a reason!!?? Even better, great hub drbj


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

That's why I did the research and wrote this hub, cons11. So I wouldn't feel guilty when devouring chocolate. Good to know you love it, too. Thanks for the visit and the kind comment. Long may chocolate - and chocolate-lovers - reign.


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Well what can i add to this hub that hasn't already been said? that i want to go on living since i can eat chocolate without feeling that iv'e sinned and must repent.That when i purchase it at the market,i don't have to hide it in my purse,never sharing with a single soul.That i won't have to hide it from people who are standing in a food line,nuff said,you get the picture.I'm a chocolate addict who can come out of the closet.Thank's my friend.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for visiting, Ruby. As a fellow chocolate lover we have to stick together. Well, maybe not stick really together - that would melt our chocolate. But at least present a united front.

Now that you have more facts about the efficacy and benefits of chocolate, you no longer need to feel any guilt whatsoever. I grant you absolution. Go forth and enjoy. You can still hide it in your purse for later, so you won't have to share with someone else. Let him or her get their own chocolate!


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susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

I do love chocolate, and especially dark chocolate. My problem that I cannot stop with just one piece.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

No one else will tell you, susannah, but I'll share the chocolate secret with you. Chocolate is just like peanuts. You can NOT eat just one! It's a fact.

Dark chocolate however is really good for you, so enjoy!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

We have a chocolate shoppe that makes chocolate right here in my little town. They make very beautiful truffles and so much more. My favorite is just as it comes out on a baking sheet. "Almond bark" is my favorite. "Pecan bark" second. "Cashew bark" third. And so on!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, Micky, you are so fortunate to have a chocolate shoppe nearby. We used to have a great place called Palm Beach Confections in the gigantic mall nearest my home, but they moved. Probably went back to Palm Beach when they discovered they were really in Ft. Lauderdale.

We have something in common - pecan bark with dark chocolate is my all-time favorite and following that any kind of chocolate bark will do the job. We connoisseurs have to stick together. :)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was so great. I really liked your hub, very informative. Chocolate is always delicious.....Yummy. Vote up. Take care!

Prasetio


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, pras, for the visit and the up vote. We both love the finer things in life - chocolate!!! You take care, too.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Let's hear it for chocolate! I even put it in my yogurt and mix it up with a little whipped cream and sunflower seeds. Oh Yummy. Your delicious hub is certainly welcome in my home (and tummy). The darker, the better! A big thumbs up!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Boy, are we on the same page, Audrey, when it comes to chocolate and the darkest chocolate at that. It's so nice for a change to have a food that is delicious and also good for you - in moderation, of course.

I should mention that moderation to me is one chocolate bar . . . at a time. Thank you, m'luv, for the thumbs up.


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

drbj...Glad I stopped by...those are quotes to live by! Great to know chocolate is good for the health...think I will go have some right now!


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Shil1978 5 years ago

Such a delectable hub and with so many choco quotes it ain't surprising one bit. I am yet to find a chocolate hater!

I loved the "12-step chocoholics program" quote. Describes me perfectly - never more than 12 steps away from heaven.

Thanks for this yummy hub, drbj - made for wonderful reading :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I am glad that I came acroos this hub;even if I am a little late;here's to so many more to share on here.

Your writing is brilliant and also so well presented nd informed.

Up up and away for you my friend.

Take care and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

drby, you have made my day! I just stared at all the photos for awhile and could taste and smell the chocolate. All your facts are true, no arguing here. I laughed at the definition of "superior strength". It is so true! Now, I will have to go have that piece of chocolate I have stashed away for just such an emergency! You are my hero! Voted way up!

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