Why does eating chocolate make you happy?

Why does eating chocolate make you happy?
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Enjoying a delicious chocolate improves your mood and provides energy. It is not because of the sugar it includes, but because of the natural chemical compounds that cocoa has. This is obtained from the beans of the Theobroma cacao tree, from which lean extract and cocoa butter are obtained. Depending on the concentration when mixing these components with sugars, types of chocolate are obtained: bitter (80 percent cocoa), milk (20 to 25 percent cocoa) and white (without cocoa solids).

Cocoa has flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that promotes blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, stimulates blood circulation in the area of ​​the brain that promotes memory, prevents cellular aging and degenerative processes.

Chocolate does not cause acne; on the contrary, it can significantly improve the skin thanks to two antioxidants: phenols and catechins. These nutrients regenerate the skin and reduce inflammation, they also contain antioxidants that fight against free radicals that cause aging, smooth wrinkles and improve circulation. Furthermore, they do not increase LDL-cholesterol levels, so they do not induce cardiovascular risk.

The relationship between cocoa-chocolate and mood is very complex. There is scientific evidence that salsolinol is an alkaloid derived from dopamine (neurotransmitter that causes pleasure) and is found in cocoa. Eating chocolate in moderation and having a healthy lifestyle is a good option, taking into account that chocolates high in sugar and low in cocoa should be avoided.

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