Does chocolate make you happy?
Published on July 2, 2021, 11:24 a.m.

National Chocolate Day: The Best Places in Boston to Get Your Fix | BU  Today | Hey BUBite into a piece of chocolate, close your eyes and savour the moment – happiness can be so easy to achieve! But why does chocolate actually make us happy? 

# Chocolate also has the capacity to affect our levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers

# Chocolate contains a key compound called tryamine, which is derived from the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine is the amino acid precursor to dopamine

# Cocoa contains tryptophan. The body uses it to produce the mood-elevating substance of serotonin – also known as the happiness hormone. 

# The sugar in the chocolate also plays a role in this. Because the insulin released in response to the sugar facilitates the journey of the tryptophan to the brain where it engenders happiness.

 # Chocolate in addition to stimulating caffeine and caffeine-like theobromine, it also contains phenylethylamine, a substance released by the body when new love blossoms. 

# Chocolate also releases oxytocin - the love hormone

So with every bit of chocolate you nibble, you also get a touch of butterflies in the tummy :)