Why do we eat chocolates when we are sad?

When we are sad, we may not feel like doing anything, not even eating. But we are also likely to get a terrible craving to eat chocolate.

But why does this happen? Here we tell you.

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A study published by The British Pharmacological Society, explains that, generally, when a person is sad, he seeks to consume sweets, especially chocolate. These are known with anti-stress foods.

The reason is that chocolate contains cocoa, and this substance produces serotonin, also known as the happiness hormone. Actually, it is a neurotransmitter that produces a feeling of well-being.

Therefore, before an episode of sadness, the organism seeks to recover well-being through neurotransmitters, which are the ones that emit signals to the brain.

Another reason why we eat chocolate when we are sad is because sugary foods have a substance called tryptophan, what is a amino acid that produces pleasure at the brain level.

Some experts define these foods as "emotional food." In this category include any food rich in sugar, such as candies, chocolates, or sweet bread.

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Other benefits of eating chocolate

  • Delays aging
  • It is rich in antioxidants, which prevent the appearance of wrinkles and delay aging at the cellular level
  • Improves blood flow
  • It contains flavonoids, which improve blood circulation, which can prevent a stroke
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • It improves cardiovascular health
  • It can prevent a heart attack
  • It reduces cholesterol and prevents oxidation

As if that were not enough, chocolate improves brain function and provides energy to the body, making it an excellent option to recover after a tiring day.

And you, do you usually eat chocolate when you're sad?

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Sources:

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