That chocolate is good for the mood is not a saying, it is just like that and its positive effect is scientifically proven.
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Does eating chocolate make you happy and does it feel good to you? It is not just a sensation, it is scientific studies that underline how the "food of the Gods" has a positive effect on our mood.
It stimulates the production of well-being hormones
Chocolate is a truly extraordinary food. Not only is it delicious and it is difficult not to go crazy, but it is rich in beneficial substances. In particular, cocoa has an exceptional nutritional composition, from which chocolate is obtained. This is useful to know so it is understood that choosing a chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa allows you to obtain greater benefits than the one where the quantities of other ingredients (such as milk, sugar and flavorings) are high. So it's better to eat dark chocolate, with at least 70% cocoa. But which substances that can affect mood contain cocoa and chocolate? It is a mix of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, theobromine and tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid capable of stimulating the production of serotonin, which is not by chance also called good mood hormone. Not only that, tryptophan also positively affects the sleep-wake cycle, and we know well how little and bad sleep can make you nervous and quick-tempered. It is no wonder therefore that chocolate plays an important role on mood swings, also thanks to the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it contains, it is a valuable aid in case you are under pressure or you are experiencing stressful moments. Theobromine is also energizing and stimulates the release of endorphins, the feeling is that of having a higher gear and being able to withstand tensions more easily, reacting to moments of tiredness, sadness and mood drops.
Relax and tone
Thanks to the presence of magnesium by eating chocolate you can feel a sense of relaxation, if in fact on the one hand it tones up, on the other it relaxes the nervous system. That's why if you feel tired, sad, exhausted, low in tone, irritable and stressed, a square of dark chocolate can be of great help. The well-being it transmits is also linked to a psychological motivation: the sweet taste gratifies and pampers the palate, for this reason when you are down in the mood increases the desire for sweet food. Bitter chocolate can therefore be a real ally of our well-being and happiness, obviously without exaggerating, better not to exceed 25 grams per day.