Too much Chocolate
Ever had an Italian hot chocolate? There’s a restaurant/Deli here in SA/Cape Town called Limno’s who serve this drink. Be aware though to specify, because if you don’t and just ask for “hot chocolate”, you’ll probably get an ordinary milk and chocolate powder concoction – not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it is some way short of the real thing…
The Italian hot chocolate I speak of is simply a ‘bowl’ – a large cup (I had the “large” size) – with melted chocolate that will ooze down your throat in a warm sensual embrace. I’m not sure if this actually originated in Italy, but that’s of little import. Things tend to get out of hand if you decide to have a slice of chocolate mousse cake directly after lining your insides with the dark delight. You probably feel a little bit sick, bloated and maybe even dizzy, in desperate need of a timeout, much akin (I imagine) to an alcoholic hangover, only this time you’ll remember every sweet lick of it.
Why do I bring all this up; I hear you ask. Simple: INDULGENCE and above all, DISTRACTION.
We all need a bit of it every now and then. As we enter spring, thawing from our wrapped up winter days (Southern Hemisphere of course), it is imperative that we indulge in some of life’s little pleasure’s. Timing though needs to be just right so that the guilt you will inevitably feel, will be outweighed because you’ve saved yourself, elevating yourself to a new level – you are now worthy!
So in the current international climate (politics, crime, global warming, wars et al.), make sure you preserve yourself by nourishing your soul with some sweet dark chocolate love, and have a quiet smile to yourself…
Heart Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate:
Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of it everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. Two heart health benefits of dark chocolate are:
- Lower Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.
- Lower Cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.
Other Benefits of Dark Chocolate:
Chocolate also holds benefits apart from protecting your heart:
- it tastes good
- it stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure
- it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant
- it contains theobromine, caffeine and other substances which are stimulants