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La Maison du Chocolat

November 2, 2010

It’s about that time of the year when random new stores open up in the mall. Some good, like the upcoming Dodo and RL Rugby, others not as exciting. On Saturday while I was out shopping with my mom, we stopped dead in our tracks when we noticed (quite possibly) the best new addition to Short Hills. La Maison du Chocolat, meaning “the house of chocolate” in French. Instantly I was pulled inside and enticed by decadent smells of rich, quality chocolate and was offered a sample of orange peel wrapped in dark chocolate, aka a small slice of heaven. The macaroons looked to die for, and while we walked out empty handed, (such good willpower), I think I’ll be sneaking back in the near future.

An ugly gourd? A rotting vegetable? That was what I thought anyway until my mom told me that it was a cocobean. Who knew?Well, maybe you did but I certainly had no idea something so delicious came from something so unflattering looking.

Some people say that chocolate is good for you in some ways, while others say it’s bad. I decided to do a little investigation and here’s what I found on foxnews.com …..

“A 2008 study found that people who ate a small amount of dark chocolate a day (about 6.7 grams) had lower levels of a protein that is associated with inflammation in their blood. Other recent studies have found that blood platelets clump together more slowly in chocolate eaters. Clumping platelets can lead to the formation of blood clots, which in turn can cause a heart attack. Chocolate consumption may lower blood pressure, help prevent formation of artery plaques and improve blood flow, according to other research. Eating chocolate may even help with math, or at least countingA 2008 study found that people who ate a small amount of dark chocolate a day (about 6.7 grams) had lower levels of a protein that is associated with inflammation in their blood. Other recent studies have found that blood platelets clump together more slowly in chocolate eaters. Clumping platelets can lead to the formation of blood clots, which in turn can cause a heart attack. Chocolate consumption may lower blood pressure, help prevent formation of artery plaques and improve blood flow, according to other research. Eating chocolate may even help with math, or at least counting” -taken from a foxnews.com article

Take that for what’s it’s worth, but in maintaining a healthy diet-moderation is key!

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