Food and Beverage, Lifestyles

WHY CHOCOLATE MAKES US HAPPY?

Did you know why whenever we’re celebrating something, chocolate plays a bigger role? Chocolate does contain a number of mood-lifting chemicals in the brain. There’s even a study made in 1996 that showed chocolate caused the release of endorphins in the brains, making us feels happy.

From the moment it touches your lips, to the first bite of velvety layer of pure flavor. Once finished, you wanted more right? How does that happens? Endorphins are neurotransmitter, which is a type of chemical that neurons use to communicate with one another. Endorphins interact with receptors on our brain that reduce the perceptions of pain and can help trigger a positive feeling in the body.

Researchers found that cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate cause the brain to release endorphins. Pure cocoa has a bitter taste, and the chocolate we all know and love is made by mixing it with milk and sugar to balance out the bitterness. Thus the more milk and sugar added, the less pure cocoa the chocolate contains. So, if you really want to get those endorphins flowing, reach for the dark chocolate over the milk chocolate. And remember, more cocoa = more endorphins.

Previous studies have suggested that dark chocolate may protect against high blood pressure and diabetes, both of which are risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Now, this doesn’t mean we can’t get too much of a good thing. It simply means that, like many of life’s pleasures, chocolate – consumed in moderation – could be good for us.

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