Chocolate contain several substances, some of them are considered addictive, and are in such small amounts as to be non addictive. · Caffeine a stimulant found in coffee and tea is also found in small amounts in chocolate. · Anandamide or the main psychoactive in marijuana, which is also produced by the brain.
· Sugar, even though cocoa doesnt contain a lot of sugar, chocolate bars do. · Tryptophan a precursor to serotonin which is involved in regulating moods. · Phenylethylamine, an amphetamine, often described as the love chemical it is quickly metabolized so very little actually reaches the brain.
· Theobromine the primary alkaloid in cocoa and chocolate is one cause for the mood-elevating effects of chocolate. Theobromine is also a big factor in acid reflux as it relaxes the esophageal spincter muscle, which allows stomach acid to more easily enter the esophagus. http://tohealthylifestyles.
com/health/ Research shows that chocolate has a weak stimulant effect due to the content of theobromine, but in such small amounts per serving that it wouldnt even amount to the buzz from a good cup of coffee. http://tohealthylifestyles.com/health/ Only small amounts of caffeine are found in chocolate, 5 to 10 milligrams in a one ounce piece of bittersweet chocolate, 5 in milk chocolate and only 10 in a cup of cocoa. In other words it would require the consumption of over 12 chocolate bars to get the caffeine in one cup of coffee! Chocolate was described by pharmacologist Ryan J.
Huxtable as "more than a food but less than a drug". Chocolate has been banned in horse racing because it is a very potent stimulant to horses. http://tohealthylifestyles.com/health/ A condition called Hysteroid dysphoria has shown up in some studies of chocolate, this condition is characterized by episodes of depression in response to feeling rejected and a craving for chocolate. http://tohealthylifestyles.
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