Chocolate is America's most craved food. For many, chocolate gives a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up, but can this effect be enhanced by enriching chocolate morsels with positive thought? A very interesting study released about 5 years ago reported that in fact, dark chocolate "imprinted" with positive thoughts via meditation, improves mood beyond the norm. So does belief change biology though a placebo effect or is the "added ingredient" more than a mere thought?
Chicken soup for the soul likely doesn't come from a can but is rather made in the kitchen of love. Caregiver affection is likely the unknown ingredient that makes homemade chicken soup and other comfort foods the "cure all" for what ails. Who can deny the comfort of receiving a food made with the best of intentions? A birthday cake made in a family kitchen; cookies at holiday time; or homemade banana bread shared with office mates. Many believe that all objects, including food, carry "energy." But is this scientific fact or fiction?
In a unique scientific exploration, researchers executed a double blind, randomized, placebo controlled trial to investigate if dark chocolate candies infused with "good intentions" would enhance mood and attitude more than plain chocolates. Good intentions were infused either though meditation-experienced Buddhist monks or a Mongolian shaman, who performed a one-hour ritual involving sacred songs, chants and drumming. Sixty-two study subjects, recruited from the San Francisco area, were assigned to one of 4 groups. The purpose of the experiment was described to all participants including that they would be randomly assigned to either receive small amounts of "intentionally treated" chocolate or "untreated chocolate." The intention was described as "An individual who consumes this chocolate will manifest optimal health and functioning at physical, emotional and mental levels and in particular will enjoy an increased sense of energy, vigor and well-being."