Milk or dark, whatever your pleasure, registered dietician David Grotto says chocolate is a diet essential. The enjoyment that comes with eating this indulgence has been known to reduce the stress hormone cortisone. , which can play a role in weight gain, he says. Higher in flavonoids than its milkier sister, dark chocolate may reduce high blood pressure and improve cholesterol. But new reserach shows milk chocolate may do a better job of boosting brain function. Moderation of course, is the key. "Having maybe a religious experience with one inch square of chocolate is reasonable.", Grotto says.
So, don't feel guilty to eat chocolate. It helps to cheer you up!