We can freely say that we are obsessed with chocolate today, and maybe even addicted to it. Therefore, if you chose chocolate as your favorite drug, you are not the only one, but what is so special about chocolate that people turn it so fast into real chocolate addicts?
Your brain thinks it's a drug
It seems that a substance named Enkephalin could be responsible for turning this delicious dessert into a pleasure that you just can not resist. One study at the University of Michigan (USA) found that enkephalin activates the same brain receptors as opiates like morphine, in the part of the brain that stimulates food consumption. Once you start eating chocolate, your brain tells you to eat more. And more. And more.
Why is chocolate different from other sweets?
The answer to this question is not simple. Not only does the consumption of chocolate create chemical reactions in the brain due to which you continue to consume, but the impression that then remains much longer than in other sweets. You must remember how good the taste of chocolate was when you ate it the last time, and how well you felt about it. But that's not all! Chocolate contains theobromine, a bitter stimulus that has a similar effect to caffeine. When he mixes with real caffeine that is also found in chocolate, the two will improve your mood, concentration, and feeling of excitement.
Chocolate is good for you!
The fact that chocolate on your brain has the same effects as a drug that forces you to compulsively eat it in huge quantities does not mean that you have to completely eject it out of your diet. Unlike drugs, chocolate has a lot of effects suitable for your health. Scientists suggest that chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress levels ... Therefore, in this case, it may not be so bad to be a bit dependent as long as you manage to counter the urge to eat it all day, every day.
How many chocolate can you eat?
As with anything, consumption of chocolate is good for you until it gets bad. It's one thing to occasionally have chocolate, but uncontrolled consumption of chocolate is something completely different. If you eat so much chocolate that you feel (physically) bad after that, or you feel symptoms of an abstinence crisis when you do not eat chocolate, it's a good time to reduce her consumption. But as long as you are a moderate chick, you'll be careful not to become a real addict.