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Chemistry Professor Shares Benefits of Chocolate this Valentine’s Season at Local Libraries

Submitted by on February 1, 2017 – 4:57 pm

Dr. Mike Cross, chemistry professor

There’s little doubt that chocolate is a delicious treat and typically seen as a guilty pleasure but did you know that chocolate can also be healthy?

According to Professor of Chemistry Mike Cross at the Northern Essex Community College (NECC) in Haverhill and Lawrence, MA chocolate might just be the “perfect indulgence.”

With high quality versions of chocolate carrying over 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, says Cross.

In a presentation called “Chocolate, The Perfect Indulgence,” Professor 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.  Presentations are scheduled at libraries in Auburn, NH and Littleton, MA.

Cross holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah where he specialized in oxidative lesions in DNA and RNA. His presentation is part of NECC’s Speakers’ Bureau. For more information on the college’s Speakers’ Bureau visit,, call 978 556-3862 or email

NECC Professor Mike Cross will present Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence on the following dates:

Wed, Feb. 1, 7 pm

Griffin Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Rd, Auburn, NH

Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence

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Free and open to the public.

603 483-5374


Thur., Feb. 9, 7 pm.

Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck St, Littleton, MA

Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence

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Free and open to the public.

978 540-2600