According to Professor of Chemistry Mike Cross at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, chocolate might just be the “perfect drug.”
In a free presentation called “Chocolate, The Perfect Indulgence,” Cross will share his knowledge as both a chemist and a passionate lover of chocolate with audiences throughout the area this Valentine’s Day season. His talk is on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library in Hampstead, N.H. The public is invited.
With high-quality versions of chocolate carrying more than 500 natural chemicals and more antioxidants then a bowl of blueberries, chocolate can increase feelings of well-being, reduce high blood pressure, relax blood vessels and more, said Cross.
Cross holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah, where he specialized in oxidative lesions in DNA and RNA. His presentations are part of NECC’s Speakers’ Bureau.