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Eating Your Way to Happiness: Chocolate, Brain Metabolism, and Mood

August 9, 2010

While searching the web for awesome content for the Sacred Chocolate website I stumbled upon this awesome article which I felt had to be shared on Sacred Chocolate. Enjoy!

“Chocolate has always been considered unique among foods. From its historical use as a sacred substance up to its prominence today as the food of romance, celebration, and indulgence, it has always held a special place in society. We do not classify chocolate as part of any of the four basic plant groups of food (whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and legumes). Nor do we call it a drug. But curiously, chocolate has properties of both. A food is defined as “any substance taken into and assimilated by a plant or animal to keep it alive and enable it to grow and repair tissue; nourishment; nutriment,” while a drug is “a substance used as a medicine or as a narcotic,” or “a chemical substance, such as a narcotic or hallucinogen, that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behavior and often addiction.” Chocolate is defined as “a paste, powder, syrup, or bar made from cacao seeds that have been roasted and ground.” It contains nutrients, provides nourishment, and fits the definition of a food. Ask chocolate lovers to define chocolate, however, and they will describe it as “the love drug,” “the eighth wonder,” “the food of the gods,” “a wicked pleasure,” “better than sex,” and “the secret drug of happiness.”

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