A Chocolate High?

Bar of chocolate

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

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing