“Chocolate doesn’t mend a broken heart, but it does help a little.”—Client
Why is that we sometimes crave chocolate when we really want love? Is it just because it tastes so good, or is there actually a physiological reason?
Chocolate is the love drug. All chocolate comes from the cacao bean (pronounced ka-kow), the seed of the cacao fruit.
Cacao contains the compound phenylethylamine (PEA) dubbed the love chemical. While there is no hard scientific evidence to prove this, PEA seems to create feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. When we fall in love our PEA levels increase. Researchers from the Department of Food Chemistry reported that PEA is also noticeably abundant in the brains of happy people and elevated PEA levels occur when we are captivated by an attractive person.
They also said that if we believe that things have gone wrong in our life, especially in our love life, PEA levels drops. Chocolate seems to keep our PEA levels high no matter what’s happening in our love life. Dark chocolate (over 70 percent) is loaded with PEA. This is one of the most popular theories about why we crave chocolate when we want love.
My favorite brands right now:
Dagoba, Scharffenburger Bittersweet, Lake Champlain
FUN FACT: 1 percent of the American diet consists of chocolate.