After the caffeine addiction and women article, I actually thought of other addictions the new age woman has. And after caffeine, it’s the chocolate addiction we all have I guess. Again something in common with all the women, isn’t it?
Different women, different reasons for having chocolate, for some it’s a mood elevator, for some a stress buster, but for a very few of us it’s just another snack. 😛 Whilst for some it is the cause for migraines and headaches. Ouch, you see how a sweet thing can be painful?
Human Moods and Chocolate
Chocolates have both, positive as well as negative effects on our mood. For some women (men too), chocolate is the best companion when they are sad or alone. They feel that when sad or depressed or lonely, chocolate tends to make them feel good and elevated. Chocolate supposedly has carbohydrates which lets the tryptophan to enter the brain at an increased rate which also augments the serotonin (it’s a mood neurotransmitter) levels making us happy. But this happiness is temporary since as soon as the chocolate bar gets over they get back to zero.
On the other side, it can cause irritability, perplexity, rage and depression. Theobromine which is naturally found in cocoa operates as an anti-depressant. Theobromine is a toxic for animals, so you can imagine the intensity.
Chocolates reportedly have more than 350 chemicals in them. Some of these ingredients can be heavily allergic and reactive. Theobromine and phenylethylamine which are chocolate constituents, causes these mood changes. Phenylethylamine results in blood pressure rise and increased sugar which further generates a feeling of being “alert” and content, which means happy in short. 😛 When I have a chocolate truffle or a chocolate mousse I am happy and smiling all day.
Chocolate is supposedly good for the heart. (There you have a reason to have more and more chocolate). :p You heart loves chocolate since it increases the receptiveness of the blood vessels which in return prevents heart diseases.
Chocolate also augments glucose tolerance.
This is a truly amazing fact about chocolate: It prevents cancer, since it has an anti oxidant upshot to it.
Now the ugly façade of chocolate is a bit horrendous. I know most of you are going to hate it.
• Chocolate can cause obesity (we all know it, we eat it and grow fat with pleasure :P). It can cause headaches, migraine, heart burn, and rectal itching too.
• Anxiety can also be a resultant of a chocolate overdose.
• Phenylethylamine causes headaches.
• Tyramine causes dull irritating headaches.
What Causes Chocolate Addiction?
Like people are addicted to drugs or alcohol, chocolate addiction is one addiction of its kinds and which is seen on a very massive levels now days. Mostly it is observed, that people who are trying to give up on caffeine, alcohol or drugs switch to chocolate addiction. Chocolate has this “crave-satisfying” property; Anandamines, phenylethylamine, caffeine, and magnesium contribute to this property. Magnesium and caffeine are mainly and majorly responsible for the chocolate carve we all have whereas ananadmides affect the brain in a marijuana similar fashion.
Women are more addicted to chocolate than men (As if we didn’t know this). Women crave for chocolate more than men do. For women chocolate is like an Aphrodisiac – which means, it puts you in the “love” mode. In fact studies reveal that for some women, chocolate is the only satisfier; nothing else can satisfy them better. (la la laaaaaa).
Do you long for chocolates during your PMS? Of course, all women do, it’s the magnesium in chocolate which makes us do so since during PMS there’s a deficiency of magnesium in the body which leads to a crave for it.
For more chocolate and caffeine articles stay tuned. 😛