2nd October 2019

thesweetbeet
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Can you get high off of chocolate?

We think of serotonin as being a brain chemical, but 80% is produced in the gut. It's not in your head – eating well does directly affect your mood! (Other “high” inducing foods endowed with tryptophan, are dates and bananas.) And while chocolate is making you happy, it's also nourishing your cells.

What chemicals does chocolate release in the brain?

The endorphins work to lessen pain and decrease stress (2). Another common neurotransmitter affected by chocolate is serotonin. Serotonin is known as an anti-depressant. One of the chemicals which causes the release of serotonin is tryptophan found in, among other things, chocolate (1).
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