Emergency Chocolate

I don’t think men really know the full benefits of what chocolate can do for a woman.

And I am talking GOOD chocolate, not the industrial kind (although I love Cadbury in Canada but not in the States).. but homemade chocolate or really high quality stuff.

I KNOW there are men out there who love the sweet stuff, but it seems like women are more likely to be into chocolate than any other kind of snack (including chips!)

They even did a poll once (I am remembering this from WAY back), where women said that if they had to pick between Sex or Chocolate, they’d pick…CHOCOLATE.

The best part about chocolate is their supposed health benefits (haha)…

Scientists reported preliminary evidence recently that cocoa and other chocolates may keep high blood pressure down, your blood flowing and your heart healthy.

One study found that a substance in cocoa helps the body process nitric oxide (NO), a compound critical for healthy blood flow and blood pressure.

Another study showed that flavonols in cocoa prevent fat-like substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging the arteries, and make blood platelets less likely to stick together and cause clots.

Flavonoids are plant compounds with potent antioxidant properties; so far, scientists have found more than 4,000 kinds.

Cocoa beans contain large quantities of flavonoids, and so do red wine, tea, cranberries, peanuts, strawberries, apples and many other fruits and vegetables.

The flavonoids in chocolate are called flavonols.

Generally, science has found that dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids than milk chocolate. The way that cocoa powder and chocolate syrups are manufactured removes most flavonoids.

So basically what they’re trying to say is that dark chocolate is healthier for your heart than milk chocolate. And white chocolate isn’t even really chocolate.

This sucks for me, because my favourite chocolates are usually milk or white. I will only eat dark chocolate in DIRE EMERGENCIES.

I was asking BF’s friend the other day (who loves candy) if he kept a bar of Emergency Chocolate in his apartment (c’mon people, you all know you have one).

He replied that he did, but it usually got replenished pretty quickly.

BF asked me what the hell Emergency Chocolate was, and I told him it was chocolate that you kept on hand, JUST IN CASE there was a snowstorm or something that prevented you from going out (laziness counts) to the local convenience store.

He looked completely baffled.

So readers, do YOU keep Emergency Chocolate stashed in your home?

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.