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In what direction and by what action does chocolate affect cortisol levels?

  1. Aug 18, 2011 #1
    In what direction and by what action does chocolate affect cortisol levels?
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  3. Aug 19, 2011 #2
    This one mainly talks about the effect on metabolism.

    And these two examine chocolate's effects on body with respect to exercise and nutrition. One uses pure dark chocolate and the other uses chocolate milk.


    This is all I could find.
  4. Aug 19, 2011 #3
    Thank you. This is helpful.

    The middle one says that cortisol levels remained 'unchanged' after cocoa ingestion. Exercise sessions cause a short-term increase in cortisol levels. I wonder if subjects' cortisol levels stopped dropping after being measured and then fed chocolate. That experiment's lack of a control group is also troubling.

    Chocolate milk is a very watered-down source of chocolate.

    Such experiments (if they wish to uncover the effects of what makes chocolate unique) should use cocoa powder so as not to dilute the data with the effects of chocolate bars' calories.
  5. Aug 19, 2011 #4


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    Again, a title and a question with no information are not acceptable. You have been told to furnish enough information in your posts so that people do not have to do a search if they are not familiar with the subject. This is unnaceptable and people should not be responding before you make an acceptable post.

    Don't do it again.
  6. Aug 19, 2011 #5
    You can use Pubmed or Google scholar to search scientific literature.

    Probably they wanted to study effects of chocolate milk itself and not pure chocolate.

    My apologies if something's wrong. I myself was interested in the topic and so decided to search for it.
  7. Aug 19, 2011 #6


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    You didn't do anything wrong, I'm just trying to get the OP to flesh out his posts and provide background information. This is a forum and not everyone may know to what the OP is referring. It is unfair to expect members to search for information which the OP should have provided. It's a good exercize to make a well thought out post, sometimes you can answer your own questions by doing so.
  8. Aug 23, 2011 #7
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