What Makes Chocolate the Perfect Lover?

Chocolate is our friend, our comforter and in many ways, our sensual and romantic collaborator. Chocolate, or an earlier version of it, came to us (like tobacco, indigo and potatoes) from the pre-colonial Americas. They provided the cocoa beans, someone added the butter and sugar plus flavours from every corner; the result of this global effort is the most sensual and adored treat of them all. Even in its... read more

The Love Chemicals of Chocolate: Stearic Acid

Stearic Acid is a saturated fat found in chocolate, that does not have a particularly healthy effect, but although it is saturated – the dangerous form of fat – it does not have a particularly unhealthy effect either. It is stable and when it is digested, is converted into oleic acid, a monounsaturated (healthier) fat. Unlike the typical behaviour of saturated fats, stearic acid does not and in that does... read more

The Love Chemicals of Chocolate: Antioxidants

Antioxidants are a group of substances which are contained in a wide range of foods and protect our health by fighting the dangerous effects of free radicals. These free radicals, which are created by exposure to radiation, nicotine, pollution as well as some natural digestive processes, break down our healthy cells and cause disease including cancer and heart disease. Antioxidant substances include... read more

The Love Chemicals of Chocolate: Anandamides

Anandamides is a brain lipid, a substance that mimics the affect that marijuana has on the brain. Anandamides is the chemical compound that scientists believe may be related to chocolate cravings. We know that women have more cravings than men and this is entirely a physical state. Chocolate cravings and bad moods are related to the menstrual cycle and eating chocolate can relieve this. Back to What Makes... read more

The Love Chemicals of Chocolate: Caffeine

Caffeine is in the top three mind altering drugs, with alcohol and nicotine. Like with alcohol, different people have different tolerance levels for caffeine. It is easily absorbed and affects the body almost instantly, producing an effect that lasts up to eight hours. The influence of caffeine is widely felt, from sleep disturbance to raising the heart rate (including breathing, sweating and nervous... read more

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