Where Does Chocolate Obsession Come From?
I have been obsessed with chocolate since I was a child. Why do some people like chocolate so much, while others don't like it. Is it genetic?
I can't speak for everyone else, but I actually have little pieces of chocolate embedded in my DNA.
I don't know if its true or not, maybe someone can verify for me, but I heard that if you don't introduce chocolate to a child until they are past the age of 4 or 5 (can't remember the exact age) they will never love chocolate. I don't know how much truth there is to that, but its an interesting thought.
I can't say I'm obsessed with chocolate, except for a few days of the month. Maybe its because eating chocolate supposedly releases the same endorphins in our bodies as having sex...
Researchers claim it is addictive:
- chocolate contains small amounts of drugs and stimulants, that might affect the mood tphenylethylamine, theobromine and caffeine.
- chocolate contains carbohydrates and little protein. Eating such foods is assumed to boost the level off serotonin in the brain (the feel happy hormone)
- Chocolate has a pleasant structure and taste, which is believed to release endorphines - a chemical wich acts like an opioid ... it increases feelings of pleasure and reduces feelings of pain ...
Chocolate is a feel good food, it literally increases the serotonin levels in the brain, enhancing mood, even though we don't really recognize it. I am bipolar and get strong cravings for chocolate, especially when I need my meds adjusted.
Moms and girlfriends on valentine's day influence kids - just kidding. Oh yeah, maybe Halloween and Christmas stockings.
I don't know where the obsession comes from, but I don't go a day without some type of chocolate. It's just delightful.
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