Chocolate Addictions

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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