Monday, April 16, 2012
Did you know that chocolate's reputation for making you feel better is based not only on its caffeine content but also on its naturally occurring mood-altering chemicals such as PEA (phenylethylalanine) and anandamide? PEA is found in the blood of people who fancy themselves "in love." Anandamide, identified in chocolate in 1966 at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, stimulates parts of your brain that are also affected by active ingredients in marijuana. Researchers say you'd have to eat a huge amount of chocolate all at once, however, to get even the faintest hint of a pot-like effect.