Sunday, 21 October 2012

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Chocolate contains Phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.

Chocolate is a psychoactive food that means it has profound effects on mental processes. It is prepared by the seeds of the Cacao tree. The Cacao tree was named by a 17th century Swedish naturalist, Linnaeus. Chocolate was used by the Aztecs in their beverages because they believed it had simulative and restorative properties.

According to an ancient mythical religion, it was believed that chocolate was the food of the devil as it provoked and excited negative mental changes. But as time passed on, the real culprits which caused those changes were exposed by neuroscientists.


Chocolate contains many psychoactive substances including anandamide which is said to induce well being. It also contains caffeine but only in modest quantities, plus a multitude of other substances that influence our brain. Perhaps the most vital ingredient is Phenylethylamine also known as the “love chemical”. Phenylethylamine is itself a naturally occurring trace amine in the brain. Phenylethylamine releases dopamine in the mesolimbic pleasure-centers and this process in humans hit its peak during an orgasm. If this substance is taken in high quantities it can produce stereotype behavior.

Phenylethylamine helps arbitrate feelings of attraction, happiness and excitement. It triggers the same reaction which is produced when someone falls in love.

It cannot be generally deduced that chocolate can make someone fall in love but according to studies, it can be concluded that it helps the brain to become attracted towards someone as its substances affect and change the working of your brain and create a sense of euphoria.

[Source: WIKIPEDIA, ASDN]

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