The challenge was to make a delicious and understated birthday cake. No bells and whistles, nothing kitschy. The cake is covered in white fondant and the sides are panels of delicious chocolate dough. The dough is made by melting chocolate and combining it with corn syrup to create a product that can be rolled out or formed into shapes.
Now, new evidence may put all that positive information under wraps; a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that individuals who eat more chocolate are at a greater risk of depression.
The new study examined a cross-section of approximately adults about one-third were women and examined their intake of chocolate. None of them had diabetes or coronary artery disease. More than of the subjects were not using antidepressants.
The participants completed a questionnaire to assess symptoms of depression, and they reported the number of chocolate servings they ate per week.
Researchers compared the depression scale scores to chocolate consumption. Overall, participants with scores indicating positive possible depression consumed significantly more chocolate than those not scoring positive 8. Participants with higher depression scale scores, indicating probable major depression, consumed still more chocolate There was no difference between men and women, and the results were not related to a general intake of fat, calories or carbohydrate intake, the authors stated.
They were unable to determine if there was a causal connection between chocolate and depression, and, if so, in what direction. Many studies have supported the idea that chocolate enhances mood; negative mood is often immediately improved after consuming chocolate, though the effect is generally short-lived.
This immediate mood benefit likely contributes to the habit of eating to cope with stress. Chocolate consumption is also associated with increased guilt in many studies, primarily in so-called emotional eaters.
In addition to mood benefits, claims that chocolate improves cardiovascular health and has positive nutritive properties abound. The cardiovascular protective effects of chocolate are believed to come from the polyphenols that come from cocoa.
Additionally, dark chocolate is believed to have positive effects on the action of insulin, as well as protect human skin from damage caused by UV rays. Chocolate is a long way away from being considered a health food or prescribed as a treatment for chronic diseases.
However, its sociocultural allure is unchanging. The new study, though, does inspire questions on emotion-regulated eating versus eating to regulate emotion. Symposium on Plant Polyphenols: Nutrition, Health and Innovations, June Nutrition reviews, 68 4PMID: Commentary on the Evidence. Everyday mood and emotions after eating a chocolate bar or an apple.
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September 17, by: Amber Trudeau Cake, Cupcakes, Icing. Death by chocolate, is there really any way to go that sounds sweeter? Maybe drowning in boiling melted chocolate would not be so great due to the whole burning your flesh thing (and also, you’d likely get chocolate up your nose and.
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Life is like a box of chocolates is one of the various quotes from Mrs. Gump repeated by his son during the movie.
Used to explain how life is uncertain, it is seen at the beginning of the movie, and makes an appearance in the sequel, Gump & Co.
‘Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you are going to get’. Definitely, my mum didn’t know what she was going to get when she had me. Imagine, nine whole months of an excess baggage limiting her freedom, getting morning sickness and getting an occasional acrobatic kick in her tummy.
Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates By bc i couldnt seem to find the colors i wanted to use? maybe i just have way too much stuff and cant find it? the whole chocolate theme with the swirls and title came from a cake and since i cant seem to get my mind off of kimmi's chocolate kisses title for this months color challenge i tried to make it.