We’ve learned a lot about ourselves during the past six weeks. How to use our elbows in non-hockey plays. The proper way to make and wear a mask. Zoom is more than the sound an imaginary car makes. And how to lead like Dr. Deena Hinshaw. On the lighter side, here are nine benefits of chocolate I discovered in isolation that can be applied anytime.


The winner of the chocolate of their choice is Paulette Cyr. Congrats!


5 Benefits of Chocolate

1. …decreases stroke risk.

A Swedish study found that eating more than 45 grams of chocolate per week led to a 20 percent decrease in stroke risk among women. Chocolate contains flavonoids, whose antioxidant properties help fight strokes.

2. …reduces the likelihood of a heart attack.

Other studies show that eating chocolate prevents blood clots, which in turn reduces the risk of heart attacks.

3. …protects against blood inflammation.

Eat one Hershey’s dark chocolate bar per week, and your risk of heart disease will decrease, a 2008 study found. About 6.7 grams of dark chocolate per day keeps the blood inflammation-inducing proteins away.

4. …helps with math.

British psychologists found that flavanols (a class of flavonoids, which are found in chocolate) helped people with their mental math.

5. …reduces the risk of diabetes.

4 More

The Italians know a thing or two about good eating. And a small study from the University of L’Aquila, in Italy, found that eating chocolate increases insulin sensitivity which reduces the risk of diabetes.

6. …is good for your skin.

Flavonoids found in dark chocolate protect women’s skin from the sun’s UV rays, according to German scientists.

7. …improves blood flow to your brain.

In 2008 Harvard scientists forced test subjects to undergo “two weeks of enhanced chocolate intake.” A fortnight of chocolate face-stuffing, they found, sped up blood flow through their subject’s middle cerebral arteries.

8. …strengthens your brain.

Researchers at  the Johns Hopkins University found that dark chocolate shields cells in your brain, and accordingly protects it from damage caused by stroke.

9. …makes you live longer.

Jeanne Louise Calment lived to the age of 122—the oldest anyone has ever lived. She ate two and a half pounds of dark chocolate per week. Harvard researchers found that eating chocolate actually adds two years to your life expectancy.

APPLICATION: Are you a milk or dark chocolate lover? Please post your favourite kind of chocolate bar in the comment section below. And then reward yourself with some of the good stuff. Congrats to the winner of the favourite chocolate draw – Paulette Cyr!


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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 41 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring others through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, reading, and ball hockey. I'm a fan of the Esks, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

45 Comments

  • Shannon Walters says:

    Hi Pastor Bob! I am a milk chocolate fan…and my favourite chocolate bar is from Jacek chocolate and it’s called ‘The Jackie’….SO good!!

  • Julie MacKenzie says:

    My favorite chocolate is milk chocolate….& my favorite chocolate bar would have to be a coffeecrisp or kitkat. Bring on the chocolate…I am a Dietary Technologist by trade. Did you know that chocolate is the “new 4th food group”?? No…just kidding, don’t be silly….LOL! 😉

  • Sherry Legault says:

    Dark chocolate, daily. My one splurge item during this pandemic (other than espresso) In the past decade I have tried Swiss, Belgian, Italian, French. All great, but the absolute best goes to Ireland, Butler’s dark with mint. We regretted not bringing a lot more back with us.

  • Wendy Huseman says:

    Dark
    Best news I have read in weeks!
    Just added chocolate to my grocery list!

  • Phyllis Baloun says:

    I very much enjoy your writing..milk chocolate is the only chocolate that is edible..dark chocolate reminds me too much of Xlax..a product that probably is not on the market anymore for it’s medicinal purposes..

  • Vahen King says:

    MILK CHOCOLATE ALL THE WAY!
    And picking only ONE seems unrealistic, but ok if I MUST!
    I’ll say, BIG TURK it’s the perfect combination of chocolate and jujubes
    Blessings

  • Rod Peake says:

    MILK

  • Anonymous says:

    Milk chocolate. Toblerone, lindor, skor, caramilk, o Henry, marshmallow Santa’s, Cadbury eggs, Mars……there is no bad chocolate unless it has peanut butter or coconut……then…..no go

  • Sharon says:

    Pastor Bob, thank you for keeping us informed on important topics such as this! We do appreciate your lightheartedness during a stressful time. The best chocolate is the barkTHINS dark chocolate with pumpkin seed and sea salt that you can buy by the bagful at Costco. Have you tried it? Second runner up are the Sweet Georgia Browns from Purdy’s — it makes your teeth stick together but it’s so good. Thank you for REVwords, it’s a huge ray of light and keeps us feeling positive and feeling God’s love in this world.

  • Brenda Peake says:

    Milk chocolate. Toblerone, Mars, lindor, skor, o Henry, marshmallow Santa’s, Cadbury eggs, aero……..there is no bad chocolate unless it has peanut butter or coconut, then……no go.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you Sharon. You understand perfectly. Hmmmmm sweet georgia browns!

  • Bob Jones says:

    No bad chocolate – so true!

  • Bob Jones says:

    Now you are the first to choose Big Turk. Unique. Not surprising for you.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Ha! Xlax. I will have a hard time eating dark chocolate now. 🙁

  • Bob Jones says:

    Love that Wendy! Happy shopping.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Keep on splurging!

  • Bob Jones says:

    Chocolate should be a food group. #1. Thank you, Julie!

  • Cliff says:

    Mine is a “Oh Henry” chocolate bar ! Our first grandchild is name Henry

  • Harriett says:

    Hershey’s Chipits, pure semi-sweet chocolate chips Buy a 2.4 kg bag from Costco

  • Cathy Olason says:

    I knew there was a reason I always want chocolate, my body needs it! I’ve been buying rolled dates that are covered in either almonds or coconut and dipping them in dark chocolate and storing them in the fridge. They are perfect for a cold healthy treat. And lately I seem to want mint dark chocolate. Must be something in the mint I need too ‍♀️. I’ve been watching you and Pastor Mike online on Sundays, so I’ve been going to church twice .. But I guess since you are no longer at Bethel I will be a little less holy now

  • Jaylene Blum says:

    I love milk chocolate, but have also discovered a love for dark-milk chocolate. However my favourite chocolate bar is the Polish Wedel milk chocolate, but that’s really hard to find here!

  • Angela Byers says:

    Hi Pastor Bob
    My favourite kind of chocolate is called Merci. The box contains sticks of wrapped milk and dark chocolate in a variety of flavours. Yummy delicious! ❤️❤️
    Delightfully fun.

  • Barb Cossitt says:

    Yes I love dark chocolate
    Eat some everyday
    My fav is THEO dark chocolate with dried cherries Very hard to find so I settle for
    Zazubean dark with raspberry and cherry
    or pomegranate
    Barb Cossitt

  • Bob Jones says:

    Now that is a rare taste in chocolate!

  • Bob Jones says:

    I’ve seen (and tasted) the Merci chocolate. I am always thankful when I get to enjoy some.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Hi Jaylene! Polish Wedel milk chocolate – wow. I have never heard of that. Off to google to see what that’s all about.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Rolled dates and dark chocolate. Hmmmmmmmm I’ll be on Life Church in Edmonton on Sunday May 31st if that helps you. 🙂

  • Bob Jones says:

    The economy size source of chocolate. I am sure they show up in your cookies and muffins?

  • Bob Jones says:

    Henry Hastman and Henry Readner – we bought “Oh Henry’s” for Father’s Day one year at Central. They are goooood.

  • Milk chocolate for me. I enjoy Milky Way caramels, too. 🙂

  • Bob Jones says:

    Milky Way caramels sound gooood.

  • Jill Burns says:

    Well this topic (and the promise of winning chocolate!) certainly brought out the comments 🙂 Nice to see familiar names! I’m a dark choc girl for sure but will happily consume Skor, Reese peanut butter cups Snickers, M&M’s. I’ve also been known to steal from the Chipits jar and munch with a side of ripple chips – sweet and salty satisfaction! My fav though are Sweet Lollapalooza in downtown Edmonton, especially burnt butter caramel but those are gift territory! And by the way, Henry R enjoys O’Henry bars and anything else chocolate with nuts 😉 Blessings all, savour that chocolate this week.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Hey Jill! Is there any chocolate you won’t eat? Burnt butter caramel. I’ll have to check that out. Remember the Father’s Day when we gave every dad a large O’Henry bar at Central? Chose them for your dad.

  • Teresa says:

    Well I LOVE Cadbury Mini Eggs
    Lint Salted Carmel
    and of course Coffee Crisp
    But you probably could have guessed most of those.
    I just love chocolate milk and a good dark.

  • Leah says:

    Milk is the best but really is any chocolate not good? Miss you already Pastor Bob

  • Paulette Cyr says:

    Dark chocolate with raspberry

  • Sheila Dayman says:

    Dark chocolate all the way! I love any of Purdy’s dark chocolate.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Yes! Mini Eggs. You LOVE chocolate. Period. 🙂

  • Bob Jones says:

    I agree Leah – on both counts – any chocolate and missing you.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Hmmmmm

  • Bob Jones says:

    I never knew that Sheila. Thank you for letting me know.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Bob,

    I love Brookside – dark chocolate with acai and blueberry. Delicious.

    Take care.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Brookside is great, especially the blueberry, my favourite.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Pastor Bob – My favorite is Big Turk. Or anything else with milk chocolate. It’s good to have a lighter column sometime. Maxine Ball

  • Bob Jones says:

    Hello Paulette. Your name was drawn to win the chocolate of your choice. Congrats! Do you have a favourite brand of dark chocolate with raspberry?

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