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Mood Boost: Cacao To The Rescue!

As the dark winter days approach in autumn and winter, it is important to have a little pick me up at hand. There hasn’t been a lot to smile about since the pandemic, but chocolate is here to change that!Here at Mr Popple’s Chocolate, we make chocolate that doesn’t just taste great, it makes you feel great.

A study done by Oxford Brookes University found that our chocolate has “significantly higher levels of antioxidants and polyphenols” than four leading brands of quality dark chocolate…

Read on to find out more.

A Bar A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Unroasted raw cacao has high amounts of theobromine and a small amount of caffeine. This will stimulate and energise you, making you feel ready for whatever life throws your way! Cacao is naturally high in theobromine. This little alkaloid helps increase energy levels and puts you in an amazing mood.

The polyphenols that are found in cacao have proven to be  great at reducing the risk of numerous ailments. These include cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, as well as reducing inflammatory responses throughout the body. Not to mention that they play an important role in helping to prevent cancer!

Also, Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine. This compound is called the “love drug”. This is because it creates a buzz inside your brain that is similar to being in love!Cacao also contains a large concentration of magnesium. This suppresses the release of the stress hormone, cortisol, helping to lower stress levels and promote a more relaxed mood. Cacao is the super-food that will put you in a super-mood!Eating chocolate is often associated with happiness and celebrations. Eating chocolate can make you feel content and calmer. It’s also perfect for a Monday morning or to cure those pesky hangovers!

The Science

Chocolate has been eaten in confectionery, used as an aphrodisiac, as well as in folk medicine for years and years. Way before science was able to prove its potential positive effects on our bodies! 

Over 28,000 studies have been done on the health benefits of raw cacao. Thousands of which examine the link between cacao and our mental wellbeing. 

A recent study completed by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that when you eat dark chocolate it improves your body’s ability to produce serotonin and dopamine, the happy endorphins! 

The raw dark chocolate and cacao benefits are endless. They contain an amino acid called tryptophan. Your brain uses this amino acid to produce Serotonin. which can increase feelings of overall happiness. Serotonin is the feel-good chemical and influences your mood.

A survey and study undertaken recently discovered that people who ate dark chocolate in the past 24 hours were 70% less likely to report depression! And a Swiss study also found that eating just a mere ounce of dark chocolate every day for two weeks can significantly lessen stress hormone levels in people who have existing anxiety.

Less depressive symptoms were witnessed even with a small amount of dark chocolate. As little as 12 grams a day made all the difference. It’s a bonafide mood boost aid.
The polyphenols found in cocoa are anti-cancer causing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-allergenic. Really upping the anti’s! 

Breaking The Mould

Forget the science for a second. Just indulging yourself and knowing that our bars are: fairly traded, organic and refined-sugar free is enough to make you smile, isn’t it? One of our aims is to change the perception of chocolate. It doesn’t have to be super-unhealthy or a naughty snack. With the correct formulation and portion size, it can be great for you. Our handy 35g sized bar of chocolate is the perfect size. No guilt needed, just a large boost in your mood!

Don’t believe us? Try out the mood boost magic of raw cacao at mrpopplechocolate.co.uk/the-benefits-and-science-of-raw-cacao-mr-popples-chocolate/

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