A Chocolate High?

Can you get a chocolate high like you can with opium?

A Chocolate High?
A Chocolate High?

 

Links have been found between obese people and drug addicts. Many drug addicts become addicted to opium.

Can You REALLY Get a Chocolate High?

Chocolate has an effect on the brain similar to opium, according to a study that found amazing comparisons between obese people and drug addicts.  This leads to some reports stating that you can get a chocolate high, just like opium addicts get an opium high.

In the study, a natural brain chemical called enkephalin – an endorphin with similar properties to opium – surged as rats began to eat M&M chocolates. When a drug was used to stimulate the dorsal neostriatum – the brain area releasing the chemical – the number of M&Ms eaten more than doubled. In the brain, enkephalin binds to molecular “receptors” sensitive to opiate chemicals to reduce pain and produce pleasurable feelings.

It should be noted that studies were done on rats. However, Dr Alexandra DiFeliceantonio said something quite interesting.

The same brain area tested here is active when obese people see foods and when drug addicts see drug scenes.

It seems likely that our enkephalin findings in rats mean that this neurotransmitter may drive some forms of over consumption and addiction in people.

Read more: DailyMail.co.uk

Healthy Chocolate Fondue

Healthy Chocolate Fondue

National Chocolate Fondue Day February 5!

Chocolate fondue doesn’t have to be a fattening treat. Use a good quality dark chocolate for the biggest bang for your nutritional buck. Ghirardelli is a popular favorite.

Dark chocolate has some amazing health-boosting abilities. For example, if you have mild high blood pressure, dark chocolate can help lower it. The reason is the plant phenols it contains – cocoa phenols, to be exact. These compounds are known to lower blood pressure.

Nutrition Nibble. Chocolates made in Europe are generally richer in cocoa phenols than those made in the U.S. So remember, darker is better.

Dark Chocolate for Healthy Chocolate Fondue

Dark chocolate is also a potent antioxidant. (Source: Report Mauro Serafini, PhD, of Italy’s National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in Rome and colleagues.)

Our findings indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate. It  may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate.”

Added bonus: Dark chocolate has been proven to stimulate endorphin production. Endorphins give one a feeling of pleasure. It also includes serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.

Now, find a tasty recipe online. Recipes abound for Dark Healthy Chocolate Fondue. If totally making it from scratch is a bit more than you can take on, consider Crate and Barrel’s Dark Belgian Chocolate Fondue. Their description is spot-on.

A luscious, romantic dessert designed for sharing. Indulge in the interactive fun of finest Belgian dark chocolate fondue. Just mix with heavy cream, melt and swirl in fruit, cookies, cakes and other bite-sized delights.

Disclosure: We have no affiliation whatsoever with Crate and Barrell. Just a suggestion from experience.

For nutrition purposes, we suggest you stick with fruit option as your healthy chocolate fondue to-go-with(s). 

Strawberry dipped in healthy chocolate fondue
Strawberry dipped in healthy chocolate fondue
  • Strawberries.
  • Oranges.
  • Bananas.
  • Diced pineapple.
  • Apples.
  • A combination of strawberries and bananas.

The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain. – Thomas Jefferson

See also: Nutrients in Chocolate