Chocolate Addictions

Chocolate contain several

substances, some of them are

considered addictive, and are in

such small amounts as to be non


· 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.

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.

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.

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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