Chocolate makes you happy! But why? Is it due to the ingredients – or a psychological phenomenon?
We often hear that there are substances in chocolate that cause this effect. It’s wrong. While there are substances in chocolate that COULD influence our brains, none of these substances really work.
The hormone of happiness Methamphetamine is present in chocolate, but once it reaches the blood, it is quickly eliminated by enzymes. You would need to eat 100 chocolate bars a day for the dose to be strong enough to work.
Handmaiden, a drug also found in cannabis, is present in chocolate in very minimal amounts.
Serotonin is a happy substance that the body produces on its own and which is also contained in chocolate. When this substance enters the body through food, it certainly enters the bloodstream, but does not reach the brain. There is a barrier between the blood and the brain which quite selectively allows some substances to pass and others not. Serotonin does not pass.
The caffeine is a neurotic with which the cocoa plant protects itself against enemies who are trying to eat. In humans, in small doses, caffeine stimulates the heart and blood circulation. However, it has no effect on mood and does not cause drunkenness, otherwise a cup of coffee would get high since it contains more caffeine than a bar of chocolate.
Why then does chocolate still make you happy?
The fact that chocolate makes you happy is a reality, but it just has to do with the fact that the person who eats chocolate loves chocolate, its aroma, its taste, the way it melts on the tongue, the sweet taste in the mouth. palate … Added to this is the habit of eating chocolate at special times. So, chocolate has a strong emotional meaning, whether as a consolation or as a reward, and this habit takes root in the brain. As soon as chocolate is consumed in such a situation, the brain’s “reward system” reacts and the dopamine transmitter is released.
The feeling of happiness while eating chocolate is therefore triggered by dopamine, not because of its presence in chocolate, but because it is the brain itself that releases it.