Chocolate…. The Love Drug

 

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Chocolate and What it Does to YOUR Mood 

 

While the affects of chocolate on lifting ones mood has been heavily documented, I can’t imagine anyone taking shots of chocolate milk at the club or sneaking some cocoa nibs into other peoples drinks anytime soon.

 

With that said, it goes without saying that chocolate has a number of health benefits, for one, it contains a number of compounds that act upon the brain, producing a “sense of delight”, and feelings of love.

 

“After water, cocoa is the single healthiest substance you can put in your mouth. It can easily replace a number of psychiatric drugs for mood, plus it produces the same chemistry in the brain that occurs when we fall in love.” Chris Kilham, WellBella

 


 

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Lets have a look at some of the compounds responsible for these loving feelings:

 

The Three Musketeers:

Caffeine, Theobromine and Phenethylamine are the three compounds responsible for chocolate receiving the title “the love drug”.

 

Caffeine, as you may know is a stimulant. Theobromine is a tamer stimulant than caffeine, but like caffeine, and other stimulants, they wake -up the central nervous system and increase blood flow and serotonin levels (neurotransmitters) in the brain.

 

Serotonin plays a major role in creating a positive mood as well as sexual excitation, desire and responsiveness; it also plays a role in our emotional health in general, but also affects our sleep patterns and appetite. Therefore Serotonin is a pretty important compound contributing to numerous behavioral and physiological functions…. And all the ladies make some noise- women appear to be more sensitive to chocolate and the serotonin effect.

 

Phenethylamine (PEA), like Athos, in The Three Musketeers, is arguably the most important character in this love story, as PEA triggers the release of pleasurable opium-like compounds called endorphins. It also helps the activity of dopamine, a neurochemical associated with arousal and pleasure!

 

Keep in mind that individual chemistry plays a major role in how people react to chocolate! So if you’re not in love yet, relax….

 

 

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About Elis

My name is Elis Halenko and I am passionate about communications and staying on top of cutting edge social media pathways. I studied at Ryerson University in Food and Nutrition and was able to hone in on my communication skills as a practicing RD. I will complete my Public Relations Certification at the University of Toronto this April. Naturally, I love writing about food and I am a trend hunter that enjoys writing about the latest and greatest.

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