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Good news for chocolate lovers: It’s good for you

Mike Cross listens while his daughter Natalie, 7, points out different varieties of chocolates at Sweet Mimi’s in Andover.
Mike Cross listens while his daughter Natalie, 7, points out different varieties of chocolates at Sweet Mimi’s in Andover.Photos by Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

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If anyone knows the connection between romance and chocolate, it’s Mike Cross.

“Chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine,” says Cross. “It’s the same chemical your brain pumps out when you first start to feel attracted to someone, that jittery, excited, can’t-wait-to-see-them feeling.”

Cross, 33, of Atkinson, N.H., who has a doctorate in chemistry and teaches it at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, has chocolate down to a science.

He shares the hard facts — and as a chocolate lover himself, much more — in “Chocolate: The Perfect Drug,” which he presents around the region through the college’s speakers bureau.

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