Chocolate triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin, which make us feel good, Rodriguez said.
And while no proof exists that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, it does contain the chemical phenylethylamine, a mild mood elevator that our brain produces when we feel happy or in love.
Why did chocolate become so popular?
How did chocolate become so popular? It originated from the Mayans and Aztec who drank crushed cocoa beans. To them it was considered a food for nobles because of its spiritual effects. In the same century, Joseph Fry made the first truly solid and edible chocolate bar by reintroducing cocoa butter to Dutch cocoa.
Why do so many people like chocolate?
Chocolate and the Brain
Perhaps the most likely reason that we crave chocolate and enjoy eating it so much is the way chocolate affects the brain. Chocolate also contains theobromine, a chemical known to increase heart rate and energy, as well as arousal.
Why is chocolate so important?
Chocolate consumption has long been associated with conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. Chocolate is believed to contain high levels of antioxidants. Some studies have suggested chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline.
Why is chocolate so yummy?
The glossy shine, satisfying snap and smooth texture of chocolate are the main characteristics that make it so appealing, and they are all achieved through clever chemistry. To form solid chocolate, a liquid cocoa butter mix is cooled so that its fat molecules join together in crystal structures called polymorphs.
Why is chocolate?
Chocolate contains alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects in humans, but the presence of theobromine renders it toxic to some animals, such as dogs and cats. Chocolate and cocoa contain moderate to high amounts of oxalate, which may increase someone’s risk for kidney stones.
Who made chocolate popular?
The earliest evidence for the use of the cacao (also cocoa) plant for chocolate derive from the Olmec culture that populated southern Mexico more 3000-4000 years ago.