Chocolate makes your brain happy

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Enjoy chocolate, but not too much!

If you’re ever feeling down, don’t stuff your face with unhealthy food. In fact, munching on the right yummies can mean the difference between happiness and grumpiness. Take chocolate, for example. It might seem like your sweet tooth is just itching for sugar, but it’s actually your brain eager for the feel-good chemical “serotonin” in chocolate’s cocoa ingredient.

“Cocoa boosts brain serotonin,” says Chris “The Medicine Hunter” Kilham, who’s traveled the world for natural medicines in plants. “Almost every single antidepressant aims at either enhancing serotonin or keeping it in the brain longer. Chocolate or cocoa does that very well.”

Now, don’t go stuffing your face with it, because it’s best in moderate amounts. “A lot of people self-medicate with chocolate,” explains Kilham. “Women do that… when brain serotonin goes down. Chocolate will help to boost that back up. And a lot of people just plain like the mood that it puts them in.” The best kind of cocoa to eat is dark chocolate, so consider taking a break from the more traditional milk chocolates.

Featured image courtesy of Evan-Amos on Wikipedia. Image of chocolate courtesy of André Karwath on Wikipedia.