I was away for a while. I admit it. Renovation has taken over my life and my home. By some strange coincidence one meter of dust lying around my house did not help my writing ability (or willingness) Those of you who follow my Instagram (choca_loca_offical, ) could probably figure out that the last photos significantly deviate from the main- chocolate- theme.
This is also to do with the fact hat I was deprived of my workplace , and chocolate tempering machine still does not work. In one word: armageddon.
So being caught in the middle of this crisis I’m just sitting around hiding from the builders and wondering on some random stuff. Like the subject I wanted to address today
So can chocolate mend a broken heart?
The term “comfort food” is probably familiar to all gluttons . In the consolation of all kinds of sorrows, many of us happen to be reaching for chocolate but why? Why don’t we find relief in horseradish or kale?
Why in the state of lowered mood we’re after chocolate?
Imagine a situation. Your BFF calls you and sobs on the phone “A guy dumped me today! I have a broken heart. Please meet me and comofort me – some cauliflower or broccoli might come handy right now”
It may seem that healing of a soul can executed by one simple trick, all so hated by the nutritionists all over the globe. I am referring of course to the mixture of sugar and fat. However, these two components should be treatesd
In order to understand the phenomenon of chocolate we have to go back to its history.
Yaawn I hated history when I was in school but there you go….
Many people guilty of having a sweet tooth are surprised to hear for the first time about the health benefits of eating chocolate. Of course we are not talking milk or white chocolate here (sorry!).
Chocolate was originally, consumed in a liquid form with the addition of chili among peoples of Mesoamerica. Prepared in such way was not only the”drink of the gods”, but also a very potent aphrodisiac. Cocoa has been brought back to Europe by the Conquistador Hernán Cortés. Like other “inventions” of the new world, like coffee ortea, chocolate quickly gained the status of an outcast on European tables. As for the novelty it was, chocolate was treated with a large dose of mistrust and eventually brought down to the level of a drug, available only on prescription, and insanely dangerous when taken without doctor or pharmacist control.
Chocolate as a remedy.
According to sources, the scientific debate over chocolate took place among top Florentine scientists in the 18th century. It was then that academics have widely discussed the properties of the individual components of the chocolate, which mixed in various proportions were to have beneficial effect on patients. Hence, actually it was a huge step towards modern nutrition, where cocoa and dark chocolate regained their rightful place as a superfood.
Can a broken heart heal with a little help of chocolate magic?
And now it’s time for the answer to the question posed in the title of today’s entry. Psychologists say that a broken heart comes to only with the passage of time, that is, we return to the good old “time heals all wounds”. However, try to approach the subject in a little less romantic way.
Chocolate contains a variety of beneficial ingredients to improve mood. Among them are mainly:
- tryptophan-an amino acid wich gets converted in the brain into serotonin, the “happiness hormone”
- phenylethylamine- probably acts as a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of euphoria, improves mood and performance of the body, reduces depression
- Caffeine – improves mood, reduces the likelihood of myocardial infarction
- thiamine or serotonine- closely resemble adrenaline, accelerates the pulse, it raises dopamine levels in the blood
Having said that I suggest that for autumn depression maybe a couple of chocolate cubes or a cup of hot chocolate is the perfect remedy.
Hot antidepressant chocolate:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 50 g dark chocolate (at least 70%)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Sugar (or any sweetener, I used xylitol) to taste
- A pinch of chili and cinnamon to taste
- Cherry jam
- Pour milk into a pot
- Add the cocoa powder and sugar/ sweetner
- While stirring add bitter chocolate
- Add the spices while stirring vigorously to evenly distribute
- On the bottom of a cup put a spoonful of of cherry jam
- Pour the chocolate into the cup, serve with biscuits or cakes type digestive.
Have you ever used a chocolate as a mood lifter?