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Chocolate Addiction

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Nora Sakiz

on 16 January 2013

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Chocolate Addiction No...I'm not kidding There are numerous chemical components to chocolate that causes your brain to undergo various reactions. The chocolate craving has partly to do with the chemical Anandamide, Phenylethylamine (love drug), and sugar. There is no gene that codes for chocolate addiction but a low pleasure gene may cause you to consume more chocolate because you aren't stimulated enough with average amounts. Culturally, women are the main consumers of chocolate because of the wonderfully sinful treat outlook, its texture and its aroma. There have been two different conclusions as to why women crave chocolate so much. One is that women crave chocolate prior to their menstrual cycle which researchers say is due to their magnesium content. The second reason is that chocolate has become a nutritional taboo because it is wonderful to eat but at the same time sinful because of the loaded fats and carbs. Also people who did not see chocolate as a forbidden food tended to have less cravings. Chocolate Fun Facts Eating 1.5 ounces of chocolate with 70% cocoa (real dark chocolate), can help you lose weight! Bibliography "Chocolate Is The Most Widely Craved Food, But Is It Really Addictive?" ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 Sept. 2007. Web. 11 Dec. 2012. More Bibliography! (YAY) Clark, Josh. "Can chocolate give me a happy-high?" 02 June 2009. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/chocolate-high.htm> 11 December 2012. Chocolate Consumption Let's Wrap it Up Impacts of Society Genetics of Chocolate addiction Tested data on the genetics behind chocolate addiction is scarce but there was a study conducted that tested the detection of neurotransmitters in rodents. The rodents were given M&M's and found that the parts of the brain that were activated were the same as when obese people see food or drug addicts see drugs. Low Pleasure Gene Like other drugs, sugar releases the amino acid dopamine. Some people need a lot more stimulation to feel pleasure than others. The result of this is to consume more sugar which is the common cause for obesity. Especially, in milk chocolate nowadays, sugar is one of the top ingrediants which may lead to the craving of chocolate In the U.S, an average person eats about 11.5 pounds of chocolate a years. The chocolate we know today was created in 1876 by combining milk, coca powder, and cocoa butter. Substances found in chocolate trigger mood enhancing chemicals and neurotransmitters to be released in the brain. Phenylethylamine This chemical releases neurotransmitters into the brain which causes a change in blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate. This results in feelings of excitement and alertness which is why this chemical is called the "love drug" Theobromine This chemical affects the nervous system by giving the caffeine like alertness that increases heart rate. Because it has 1/10-1/4 of the stimulating affect of caffeine, its levels are quite low in milk chocolate. Theobromine is also said to cause headaches and is used as a drug to treat heart attacks. Anandamide Anandamide, another neurotransmitter, activates the same cellular receptors as THC. Researchers have discovered that the anandamide in chocolate is broken down by the stomach acid before reaching the blood stream. This is what explains the craving for chocolate without the "high" feeling of marijuana. To achieve the same feeling of marijuana, an amount of 25lbs of chocolate must be consumed. IMAGES!! Tryptophan Tryptophan is an amino acid which plays a role in the production of Serotonin. A calming, neurotransmitter, serotonin, relieves anxiety. It is a anti-depressant and crucial for a well balanced mood! "Exploratorium Magazine: Chocolate: Page 8." Exploratorium Magazine: Chocolate: Page 8. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2012. http://chocolaterehab.com/Coveleskie, Kristen. "Chocolate on the Brain." Chocolate on the Brain. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2012. Skae, Teya. "Examining the Properties of Chocolate and Cacao for Health." Examining the Properties of Chocolate and Cacao for Health. Natural News.com, 28 Feb. 2008. Web. 7 Dec. 2012. <http://www.naturalnews.com/022610_cacao_chocolate_raw.html>. Slaughter, Gwen. "Is Chocolate Physiologically or Psychologically Addictive?" Is Chocolate Physiologically or Psychologically Addictive? N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2012. <http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro01/web2/Slaughter.html>. Image Bibliography Wells, Taylor. The Chocolate Addiction. Digital image. Blog.vistacoast.com. N.p., 13 June 2012. Web. 9 Dec. 2012. <http://blog.vitacost.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/The-Chocolate-Addiction.png>. Zeeba. Chocolate Addiction in Women. Digital image. Makeupandbeauty.com. N.p., 18 Jan. 2011. Web. 11 Dec. 2012. Foodie, Nutri. Chocolate Addiction Chocolates. Digital image. Ifood.tv. N.p., 09 Feb. 2012. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://thumbs.ifood.tv/files/images/editor/images/chocolate%20addiction.jpg>. If you think you have a problem, please visit http://chocolaterehab.com/ (again I'm not kidding)

First Step:
Admit you have a problem, and so take your addiction to chocolate seriously once-an-for-all. Also if you need help, there is Chocolate Rehab: Carrie. "Chocolate Rehab | Overcoming Chocolate Addiction, One Chunk at a Time!" RSS. N.p., 16 Oct. 2010. Web. 11 Dec. 2012.
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