Why does eating chocolate make us feel good?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
Chocolate contains a variety of chemicals some of which make us feel good by boosting our endorphins (those feel good hormones).  Chocolate may also boost serotonin levels that help us to feel relaxed.  Some forms contain caffeine, which give a boost of energy along with the calming effect.

Let’s face it, it also tastes really good and that alone can make us feel good at least temporarily.  The key is to eat it in moderation since regardless of the benefits it is high in calories.

Some of the compounds in chocolate act on receptors in the brain that release pleasure-generating neurotransmitters like dopamine. They either cause the receptor to release the neurotransmitters or prevent them from being absorbed by the body, so more of a particular chemical remains in your bloodstream.

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