I doubt if there is a woman alive who hasn’t heard the recent debates on the health benefits of chocolate. In fact, the question, “how much dark chocolate should I eat to live longer,” is actually being asked. Now that’s a switch, wouldn’t you say so? But I wonder can we justify our chocolate addiction in the name of longevity? It didn’t take much talking to convince me. When my blood sugar level falls, what better way to raise it than to indulge in a piece of chocolate? And, in addition, it increases levels of serotonin in my brain and gives me a feeling of well-being.
When I was a kid, I’d eat nothing but milk chocolate, but when it comes to it being a health benefit, it is taboo! You have to get the right chocolate and so,I did. Now keep in mind that I was not influenced by the chocolate advertising that says, indulge, make time for yourself and enjoy. No, what I purchased was for health’s sake.
This past Valentine’s Day I watched the TV commercials telling men to buy their valentines a huge, stuffed bear and the ads showed attractive
women cuddling up to these monster bears. This I couldn’t understand, maybe it’s because I’ve never been one to like stuffed animals. A box of chocolate does the trick for me. However, on Valentine’s Day I tell my husband, “Don’t you dare buy any chocolates.”
They say, both men and women crave chocolate, but women, more than men experience these cravings. Everyone seems to be aware of this fact and it makes for an easy sell. Have you seen the Axe Chocolate Man
commercial? Just since I decided to make “chocolate” the subject of shirlandyou, did I come across it on YouTube. This happy chocolate man is strolling down the street, when he pulls off his nose and sprinkles bits of chocolate, from it, on two women’s ice cream cones. He is so irresistible that women are shown taking bites of him, a finger, a chunk of his arm, nips at his ears. someone passing by in an automobile grabs a whole arm. The point of
this production is not to sell us on chocolate, but “Axe Dark Temptation,” a deodorant, “as irresistible as chocolate.”
It was the health benefits that sold me. So what did I do? I bought a bag of Ghirardelli Chocolates. (By the way, this chocolate is pronounced, GEAR-a-delli.) Inside are, individually wrapped, small squares of
intense, dark chocolate. The stuff that’s good for you!! Each piece gives the percentage of cacao contained within. Cacao? Isn’t chocolate made from cocoa? I had something to learn here! Cacao grows on the cacao
tree, huge pods, that are split open and inside are cacao beans. These unusual trees grow in South America or Africa. The beans are roasted, refined and conched and the result is cocoa. So, here I am, totally ready for a daily healthy treat of chocolate. Then I read, “eat only a bit each day, an average of six grams.” I checked my Ghirardelli squares,
but the weight was figured in ounces, only .375. Surely this company knew people would be buying their chocolate squares as health benefits. So do they fit the bill? I did some figuring and .375 ounces equals 9.2 grams, more than half again what is recommended. Hmmm, maybe I’d better reconsider this whole thing. What do you think about it? Contact shirlandyou with your opinion.
Oh, by the way, I checked the Bible for what it says about chocolate and couldn’t find it mentioned. I don’t think cacao trees grow in the middle east. So, is chocolate, here and now, a temptation or sin, or for freedom to enjoy God’s bounty? This Bible verse does go along with what we’ve been talking about. It’s Proverb 25:16: “If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.” Maybe I had better reconsider the size of those “little” chocolate squares I bought.