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5 Of Chocolate’s Sweet Benefits Highlighted In New American Chemical Society Video

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the American Chemical Society (), the world’s largest , has released a new Bytesize Science featuring five chemistry facts that highlight why , in moderation, may be good for you.

The video explains how a bar of chocolate contains hundreds of compounds, many with beneficial properties. Among the video’s “sweet” facts:

  • Chocolate may improve your mood, and not just because of its delicious flavor. Chocolate contains a number of chemicals that inhibit the breakdown of the neurotransmitter anandamide – sometimes called “the molecule of bliss” – which can block feelings of pain and depression.
  • Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, stimulants that can provide a burst of energy.
  • According to an article from the ACS’ , the naturally occurring polyphenols in cocoa – the key ingredient in chocolate – boost levels of HDL, commonly known as the “good cholesterol.”
  • Chocolate may reduce stroke risk in men.
  • A little dark chocolate may reduce stress.


The video was produced by the . American Chemical Society