Chocolate is good for the environment, good for you
November 11, 2008 7:20am CST
It's long been considered the ultimate indulgence a rich,romantic treat that not only tastes good, but makes you feel good too.It can also be a guilty pleasure, thanks to high amounts of fat, sugar and calories. But while it's true that indulging in too much chocolate might result in unwanted pounds, the confection doesn't need to be the enemy. Here's some good news about chocolate that should help assuage any guilt you have about consuming it. chocolate is good for the environment, Cacao is the seed of a rainforest tree, so growing it helps support the endangered rainforest areas. And eating chocolate is not only good for the rainforest ecology, it can also be good for the farmers whose incomes depend on that land. Ninety percent of cacao is grown by small family farms in rainforest areas, so by default, it's sustainable crop. Better yet, to ensure that family farmers are benefiting from your dollar, seek out chocolate labeled "fair trade certified." Chocolate contains hundreds of different chemicals, some of which are thought to act like antidepressants on the brain on the brain. Eating chocolate stimulates the release of mood affecting chemicals such as endorphins, phenylethylamine and seratonin. These feel good chemicals may also explain why women crave chocolate when they are suffering from PMS. Seratonin levels often frop in the days before menstruation begins, so eating chocolate can help boost those levels and improve one's mood.