You can’t imagine how happy I was to learn about the healthful effects of chocolate.
Yes, it’s true, the right kind of chocolate, organic 70% dark, can actually make you not only smile, it can scavenge those nasty little free-radical critters from your body, enhance your mood, help you live longer and gain you lots of friends! But, now I’ve just learned…
There may be something pretty astonishing you can do to your sweet, brown love-morsels to make them even better for you.
You’re never gonna believe what it is. I didn’t when I first learned heard it. But then someone I respected greatly, someone bright and well-educated with a myth-busting bent sent me a copy of the research that seemed to prove the outrageous claims…
Eating chocolate pumped-up with good-intentions makes you feel better!
“You’ve got to be kidding,” was my immediate response.
Look, I saw What The Bleep Do We Know®…18 times. I watched, along with millions, the experiments and claims that water in bottles with different words written on them took on different molecular properties based on the words. I don’t get it, I am skeptical of it, but I am cautiously open to some kind of non-traditional explanation.
Can the the beneficial effect of chocolate actually be changed or enhanced by “blessing” it with an intention before eating it?
Here’s a copy of the actual study abstract, along with it’s findings:
Effects of intentionally enhanced chocolate on mood.
Radin D, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA, USA.
- OBJECTIVE: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled experiment investigated whether chocolate exposed to “good intentions” would enhance mood more than unexposed chocolate.
- DESIGN: Individuals were assigned to one of four groups and asked to record their mood each day for a week by using the Profile of Mood States. For days three, four and five, each person consumed a half ounce of dark chocolate twice a day at prescribed times. Three groups blindly received chocolate that had been intentionally treated by three different techniques. The intention in each case was that people who ate the chocolate would experience an enhanced sense of energy, vigor, and well-being. The fourth group blindly received untreated chocolate as a placebo control. The hypothesis was that mood reported during the three days of eating chocolate would improve more in the intentional groups than in the control group.
- SUBJECTS: Stratified random sampling was used to distribute 62 participants among the four groups, matched for age, gender, and amount of chocolate consumed on average per week. Most participants lived in the same geographic region to reduce mood variations due to changes in weather, and the experiment was conducted during one week to reduce effects of current events on mood fluctuations.
- RESULTS: On the third day of eating chocolate, mood had improved significantly more in the intention conditions than in the control condition (P = .04). Analysis of a planned subset of individuals who habitually consumed less than the grand mean of 3.2 ounces of chocolate per week showed a stronger improvement in mood (P = .0001). Primary contributors to the mood changes were the factors of declining fatigue (P = .01) and increasing vigor (P = .002). All three intentional techniques contributed to the observed results.
- CONCLUSION: The mood-elevating properties of chocolate can be enhanced with intention.
Granted, at only 62 people, the study was small, but it also showed that in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, academic setting…
Chocolate “treated” with good-vibes makes you feel better.
It actually had an effect on the people who consumed it that was measurably different than the chocolate that did not “receive” positive intentions.
Pardon the pun, I want to believe it, but it’s a bit…tough to swallow.
So, what do you think? Is it the real deal? Can intentions, in some way, alter the physical properties of chocolate and thereby effect the people who consume it differently? Is this study for real? Is it a sham?
As always, I’ve just gotta know what you guys think…
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