Chocolates; the most popular snack in the whole wide world and it’s my favourite one too, especially the dark one X) Chocolates are often known as stress-reducing food. Chocolates contain caffeine and theobromine.
Caffeine is an alkaloid which is a stimulant which is always associated with coffee. By referring to many studies, it is stated that caffeine is beneficial to our health if moderately consumed. Caffeine stimulates the flow of blood in the brain, stimulates central nervous system and increases the secretion of serotonin which is a very important neurotransmitter. Caffeine also enhance both cardiovascular and respiration functions, lift our overall mood and decreases fatigue. Meanwhile, theobromine is a stronger cardiac stimulant compared to caffeine.
Serotonin is a chemical compound which has major role in positive mood, emotional health, proper sleep and balanced appetite. Other chemical components found in the chocolates are such as anandamide (Cannabinoids) and small amount of phenethyleamine (PEA).
“Individual chemistry plays a major role in how people react to chocolate, as it does with almost everything else. Chocolate may produce a modest effect in some people, but it will make others swoon.” – Unknown