What's Good About Chocolate?
There are several substances in chocolate which make a person feel good. These include:
Phenethylamine - the same substance that our brains produce which gives us a happy feeling
Anandamine - which makes a person feel somewhat joyful and euphoric
Mythylxanthines - which slowly boost a person's energy level
There are also substances in chocolate which are healthy and good for us. These include:
Polyphenols - the same wonderful antioxidants provided by red wine
Magnesium - needed for energy and for muscle relaxation
Copper - an essential mineral needed in addition to iron, so our bodies can make haemoglobin
Cocoa butter - which stays liquid at normal body temperature instead of clogging up our arteries in the way that animal fats can do
Antioxidants - high levels of these, needed to help our cells "age gracefully" if much at all!
Read more: Chocolate and Your Health