And in my almost last cacao post, I must say – cacao is for lovers. And I am truly not kidding. Cacao releases the same feeling you feel when you are in love. The centuries of history of relating cacao to romance are actually based in practicality. When a couple breaks up, a woman reaches for chocolate. When a man wants to shower his woman with love (or vice versa), he reaches for chocolate. These traditions are all rooted in the fact that chocolate has the same type of natural chemicals.
To begin, Phenylethylamine (PEA) is found in chocolate. PEA is a chemical associated with adrenal health. It is created within the brain and released when we are in love. Supposedly, chocolate has the ability to create a mild version of the “warm fuzzies” you experience when you are in love. It’s so true that this food is a love potion! PEA is one of the reasons why love and chocolate have a deep correlation. PEA also plays a role in increasing focus and alertness, which can certainly help if you’re in love.
Anandamide, also known as the “bliss chemical”, is released by the brain when we are feeling great. This “bliss chemical” is also found in the properties of chocolate, which could explain why we consider chocolate to be a natural mood enhancer. As an additional bonus, chocolate contains enzyme inhibitors that decrease the body’s ability to metabolize anandamide prolonging feelings of bliss.
Moral of the story – looking for love?! – add chocolate to your daily mix!