Thursday, April 29, 2010

Crying over chocolate

Everything is interlinked. I breathe the air you do, though pollution levels may differ; we spot the same moon, but perhaps at different time zones. My side of the sky may have more clouds, your may be more polluted; but all in all, me and you are so similar, yet so different.

Same goes for Chocolate. The effects on chocolate on me could be different from the effect it has on you. I have realized one thing – never trust research when it comes to chocolate. It may be true that too much chocolate can kill your dog (no kidding), but its effect on us humans, is something neither you, nor scientists can ever predict.

I am happy I am not too fond of chocolates – the occasional bingeing suits me just fine. Yesterday, reports claimed that scientists have linked chocolates to depression. The more clinically depressed you are, the more likely you’re to eat chocolate, concludes the new study which has been published in the April 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Earlier, in an article in Men’s health it said that chocolate is a source of anadamide, a neurotransmitter that targets the same parts of the brain as THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. But chocolate contains such minuscule levels of anadamide, you'd need to eat kilos of it in order to make any impact on the amount that's circulating in the brain naturally. Scientists believe(d) other chemicals in chocolate cause anadamide to hang around in the brain for longer, enhancing its stimulant effect. The sweet stuff also boosts our levels of endorphins, the brain's natural happy hormones.

So hmm. Should one consume chocolate before sex? The Mayans believed that chocolate has a euphoric effect on the body’s senses. But now, well you start crying when you are on to having a good time? I’d prefer not listening to anyone in this regard. And for all you chocolate lovers out there – ignorance is bliss, so just don’t listen to what research has to say. 

And as for being interlinked – I guess sex should give you a good enough high, and chocolate you probably don’t need to get you there.