Chocolate and Its Connection To Happiness

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Taylor Lakin, Reporter

If you have ever eaten a piece of chocolate and felt happier after, there’s a reason for it. In its rawest form, chocolate is considered a superfood which actually possesses many health benefits. Cacao beans are antioxidant rich and are known to regulate blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease, and lower cholesterol. According to the Wiley Online Library,  dark chocolate can help improve brain function, mood, and even has the ability to limit the feelings of depression and anxiety. To add on, cacao contains amino acids called tryptophan which your brain uses to produce serotonin. Also, theobromine, which is a mild stimulant similar to that found in coffee causing a slight boost of energy. However, quality matters. With most chocolate bars made up of mainly sugar and milk, the amount of cocoa is greatly reduced, which means it results in less benefits. In order to get the most out of it, try dark chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa. When chocolate is consumed, all sorts of chemicals in the brain are released, leaving the consumer in an overall better mood. Though the effects of chocolate can be short lived and minor, it provides a great excuse to indulge in the delicious treat.