The Ultimate Craving- Chocolate
Chocolate. It makes your mouth water by the sole mention of it. People crave a lot of different things, salty or sweet, but somehow chocolate is the number 1 guilty pleasure there is. The main reason for this enjoyment it causes is the fact that it consists of more than 300 know chemicals that leave you with a pleasurable and unforgettable feeling.
One of the most known of these chemical ingredients is caffein. Although present in the chocolate, it is found is smaller amounts. On the other hand, theobromine is found in slightly higher quantities. These two in combination, result in the "lift" that chocolate lovers experience. Another strong stimulant is phenylethylamine, that together with all the others increase the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain that control the ability to stay focused and pay attention.
Researchers at the Neuroscience Institute in San Diego, California, claim that "chocolate contains pharmacologically active substances that have the same effect on the brain as marijuana, and that these chemicals may be responsible for certain drug-induced psychoses associated with chocolate craving." This statement does not mean that you can get high of chocolate, but that it contains compounds connected with the good feeling that it's consumption provides.
It is a general believe that chocolate has certain health risks such as acne, tooth decay and fattening. There is no need to worry. A study by Pennsylvania School of Medicine proved that that is a myth. The consumption or non-consumption of chocolate did not result in acne in any of the participants which disproves the claim after all.
There are also no signs that chocolate is the causer of tooth decay either. In fact, the cocoa butter is indicated to coat the teeth and to protect them by preventing plague from forming. What affects the cavities is the sugar, but it has the same effect as the sugar in any other food.
Without a doubt, too much chocolate can cause health problems, any other kind of food. The overuse of cocoa butter can lead to increased blood cholesterol levels and heart disease. However, according to a research at the University of California, chocolate contains high levels of the chemicals phenolics that can lower the risk of cardiovascular problems. Therefore, eating the chocolate in moderation can act as a medicament on your health.
At the end of the day, there is absolutely no reason to deprive yourself of this sweet indulgence. Go ahead and enjoy your favorite kind!