Dr. Neal Barnard (who was Alicia's medical consultant on The Kind Diet), is quoted as saying in a lecture, Breaking the Food Seduction, namely that,"Chocolate, just like sugar, elicits an opiate reaction within the brain that trips the dopamine receptors and gives us a pleasure response...I don't mean to say that chocolate is a drug. What I mean to say is that chocolate is the whole darn drugstore!"
Hope this helps -- personally, I don't eat any kind of chocolate, cocoa, cacao, etc., but it seems like if you want a little bite once in a while it won't kill you - but it's probably best NOT to think of it as some kind of "superfood" or anything like that.
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