Wonder why chocolate is very addictive? Check out the what's in it that makes us crave for it.
Theobromine, which stimulates the central nervous system, facilitates muscular exertion, acts as a diuretic and appetite stimulant. This is good for those who wants to gain weight like me. No wonder i've been eating almost every kind of food lately.
Phenylethylamine, which is the chemical released in our bodies when we fall in love and is chemically similar to amphetamines, therefore acting as a psycho-stimulant. Love! And with chocolate's kind of love...you definitely won't get a heartache.
Tryptophan, an essential amino acid that increases the production of serotonin, an anti-depressant and natural stress-reducer. In fact, a decrease in serotonin levels in the brain may trigger cravings for starches, sweet foods and chocolate. Instead of swigging on beer...eat chocolates. That way, you won't devolve into a monkey and won't get headache.
Endorphins, natural opiates that are released by the brain in increased amounts when eating chocolate, thereby elevating one's mood and reducing pain. And yet again!
Anandamide, which mimics the effects of marijuana by acting on the same brain receptors, resulting in a very mild "high". Plus, chocolate has two ingredients that inhibit the natural breakdown of anandamide and hence may prolong the feeling of well-being. This is the real Love drug...better than "e". Chocolate is my happy drug. So go on, devour one right now.
Phenols, which are also found in red wine, tea, fruits and vegetables, and may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. I'm so needing this!
Who needs a boyfriend? I've got chocolates! ;)