Ask the Expert: What Should I Eat Before a Stressful Event?

It's normal to freeze up right before a stressful event but eating chocolate can help with controlling stress hormones.
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It's normal to freeze up right before a stressful event but eating chocolate can help with controlling stress hormones.
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What should I eat before a stressful event?

A new study by Swiss researchers published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that men who ate a square of flavonoid-rich dark chocolate before having a mock job interview or taking a math test had less of an increase in the adrenal stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine than participants who ate a placebo. The study was co-funded by the Swiss Cocoa and Chocolate Foundation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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