As we all know, chocolate can influence our mood. Scientists used to think that compounds in chocolate produced endorphins in the brain, elevating mood. But the amount of the compounds in chocolate is so small, it's probably not the cause of better feelings. Instead, it's probably the combination of sugar with fat raising the serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.
However, just because there are several potential benefits, it doesn't mean that you should eat a bar of chocolate a day as it is still a high-calorie, high-fat food. One bar of dark chocolate has around 400-600 calories. If you eat some chocolate every day, you need to balance that by eating less of something else. It needs to replace one of your other snacks, rather than being an addition to your snacks.
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