A new article in the Huffington Post looks at the health benefits of eating chocolate over time. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but eating good chocolate several times a week helps you live a long and healthy life.
What Chocolate Can Do for You
By Jena Pincott
HuffPost OWN Healthy Mind & Body
Posted: 11/07/2013 10:10 am EST | Updated: 11/07/2013 10:29 am EST
On October 2nd I teamed up with the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation to do a chocolate therapy workshop at the Pediatric Lombardi Clinic of Georgetown University Hospital. Below is the write up of the event that appeared in this week’s Mattie Miracle Newsletter.
To learn about the wonderful work of the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, visit www.mattiemiracle.com
MATTIE MIRACLE’S FIRST
CHOCOLATE THERAPY WORKSHOP
On October 2, 2013, Mattie Miracle teamed up with Alexandria, VA chocolatier, Robbin Warner
, and hosted a fun filled chocolate therapy workshop at the Pediatric Lombardi Clinic of Georgetown University Hospital. Kids of all ages and their parents enjoyed the event and it was wonderful to see smiles everywhere! The smell of chocolate filled the air, it was intoxicating, and set the tone for a tasty distraction for kids and families. Pictured with Robbin is Sonali, a five-year-old, who thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate making process. In fact, by the time she was finished Sonali had chocolate all over herself and was beaming while licking it off! Robbin introduced the kids and teenagers to the art and science of working with Belgium chocolate along with the key to melting and cooling it to form lollipops.
The kids had the opportunity to work with milk or dark chocolate, they got to form their chocolate into lollipops, and then they even decorated their creations with nuts, cranberries, or candies. All the lollipops were wrapped in a bag of their choice, including ribbon and stickers. The chocolate was such a hit that even after the workshop was over, the kids were still in the clinic playing and eating. A true sign of a successful workshop!
The Belgians have done it again. A study conducted by Belgian psychologists at Hasselt University have found that the ambient smell of chocolate increases sales. The study conducted at a bookstore found that sales increased when buyers enjoyed the ambient smell of chocolate. The findings were published in the December 2013 issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology. This study follows up a 2008 study that found that the smell of chocolate-chip cookies increased impulse purchased among women.
To read the study abstract “Smelling the Books: The Effect of Chocolate Scent on Purchase-Related Behavior in a Bookstore” and for the full citation click here.
To read the press release on the 2008 study on chocolate-chip cookies and impulse purchases, click here.
When I think about chocolate, Belgium is the first place that comes to mind. And I’m not alone. In an Oct., 7, 2013 piece in the Huffington Post “16 Ways Europeans are Just Better at Life” number 8 is chocolate.
Click here to read the entire article.
If you know someone going back to school, you might want to give them a bar of dark chocolate. The Best Colleges.org web site has posted a list of The Best Foods for Students. The lists covers the best foods for studying, for a good night’s sleep, and for reducing stress. The top of the list for stress release is dark chocolate. Next time you hear of someone stressing out over a paper, an assignment, or an exam tell them to eat some dark chocolate. Oh yes….and send them the full list below, they might need some help sleeping and studying too.