Sweet TalkWednesday, October 01, 2008
What does Yella do when she's down and low? Well, I guess from my previous blog I already told you that I'm not the one who easily cry (yes, even when broken hearted...) I therefore, either have a DVD marathon or call a friend to watch a movie. But, I never fail to bring my instant upper to the cinema...
(Ten-tenen-nen!) CHOCOLATES! Yep. Love 'em. It really makes me feel good. 'Coz you see, I got the sweet tooth from my dad (and he's a diabetic!). Naman diba? That's why I try my best not to give in to stress, kasi tataba ako! haha! ;p
Anyway I've research a couple of info about these yummy treats:
- They were disovered by Christopher Colombus in 1502 in the Carribean Island of Guanaja. Aztecs from the island offered him cocoa beans in exhange for trade goods. (www.neuhaus-chocolates.com)
- Its scientific name is Theobroma cacao.
* Chocolate has exceptional nutritional qualities, being a high energy food in a small volume. It not only contains carbohydrates, fats, and vegetable proteins, but also has large quantities of potassium and magnesium, some calcium and sodium, and vitamins A1, B1, B2, D, and E.* Theobromine, which stimulates the central nervous system, facilitates muscular exertion, acts as a diuretic and appetite stimulant.
* Caffeine, which increases resistance to fatigue, intellectual activity, and watchfulness.
* Phenylethylamine, which is the chemical released in our bodies when we fall in love and is chemically similar to amphetamines, therefore acting as a psycho-stimulant. (now we know why suitors give chocolates to girls! there's a *medical* history pala!Ü)
* Tryptophan, an essential amino acid that increases the production of serotonin, an anti-depressant and natural stress-reducer. In fact, a decrease in serotonin levels in the brain may trigger cravings for starches, sweet foods and chocolate. (see? anti-stress!)
* Endorphins, natural opiates that are released by the brain in increased amounts when eating chocolate, thereby elevating one's mood and reducing pain.<--emotional hehe.="" pain="" span="">--emotional>
* Phenols,which are also found in red wine, tea, fruits and vegetables, and may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
* Catechins, which are antioxidants that may help protect the body against cardiovascular disease and possibly cancer, are found in substantially higher quantities in chocolate than in black tea.
* Anandamide, which mimics the effects of marijuana by acting on the same brain receptors, resulting in a very mild "high". Plus, chocolate has two ingredients that inhibit the natural breakdown of anandamide and hence may prolong the feeling of well-being. (note: nakaka-"high" lang daw ang chocolate if the intake is like, 350 g.--woah! dami na nun eh! )
So guys, why not take a break sometime and have a Kitkat, ermm, I mean grab your favorite chocolate bar. Sit back, relax, forget all your worries and enjoy that sweet creamy goodness. Bon appetit.=)