Chocolate… The ultimate comfort food

Have you ever just taken a handful of M&M’s and eaten them all at once?  More than likely.  Ever wonder why they seem to just soothe you and calm you down?  Maybe.  Did you know chocolate boosts the brain chemicals serotonin and endorphin?  These chemicals produce a feeling of euphoria.  Another compound called anandamide has known calming properties.  The ultimate comfort food?  You bet!  A drug?  Maybe a little… only this type of drug is legal, has no with-drawl symptoms, and has no downside after the so-called “High” has passed.

Chocolate’s other ingredients include magnesium and chromium (known to regulate blood sugar); theobromine which stimulates the central nervous system and is an appetite stimulant; caffeine (in relatively small quantities); and tryptophan (an essential amino acid).

So what do we have… a sweet that helps take care of your blood sugar, helps your reaction time and thought processes, helps you feel more awake, calms you down and makes you feel good… sounds like a great type sweet to me.

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