How do you eat a chocolate bunny?
Spring is in the air, and many individuals feel a wave of positivity and renewal. This is not the case, however, if you’re a chocolate bunny. It’s well-known that there’s a significant spike in auricular amputation (ear removal) during this time of year for the poor critters.
A recent study published in The Laryngoscope found that 59% of the 28,113 online survey respondents preferred to eat chocolate rabbits starting with the ears. Thirty-three percent indicated that they had no starting point preference, and 4% indicated that they started with the tail or feet.
Behavioral health experts at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill. say there is no psychological basis for this phenomenon of amputation but agree it is a common occurrence.
Whether or not you choose to begin your indulgence with the ears, you might want to consider the DNA of your victim. A dark chocolate bunny could be less hazardous to your health.
“The benefit of dark chocolate comes from its antioxidants,” says Dr. Dory Jarzabkowski, cardiologist with Advocate Heart Institute at BroMenn Medical Center. “Chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa is associated with lowering your risk for certain cardiovascular diseases.”
Dr. Jarzabkowski advises moderation, though, as overindulgence is a no-no. “Limit yourself to 1 – 1.5 ounces per day. That equates to 2 or 3 Dove Promises, 4 Hershey’s dark kisses or 25-30 plain (dark) M&M’s, not an entire chocolate bunny.”
About the Author
Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.