Farmington Hills, MI (February 2, 2007)--- With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the thought of romance is in the air. One way of expressing romantic feelings is through chocolate, and let’s face it, people of all ages love chocolate. They love it as a way of celebrating special occasions and of course expressing those romantic feelings during the day of love or all year long.
In the past few years, scientific studies have also looked at ways chocolate can improve your health. Can something that tastes so good, be good for you? Denise Holmes, R.D., a nutrition and diabetes educator at Botsford Hospital says, “Dark chocolate and cocoa powder provide flavinoids that have heart healthy properties and may improve cholesterol levels. It has also been shown to improve people’s mood by boosting the brain chemistry that makes you feel good.”
Chocolate’s reputation as an aphrodisiac originated in South America over 1,500 years ago, when it was thought to have mystical and aphrodisiac qualities by both the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Legend says that the infamous Aztec emperor, Montezuma, drank fifty cups of chocolate a day to enhance his appeal to women. Holmes says, “In most recent years, doctors and nutrition experts have only begun to realize the possible health benefits of chocolate. Eating chocolate triggers a similar reaction that occurs naturally in our bodies when we are happy, in love, feeling passionate or even lustful.”
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Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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