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01 May 2013

Food: "Chocolate, You Dark Liar. Me, Blind Romantic"

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Definitely, many of us have heard that dark chocolate has many benefits.  Chocolate is connected to love, arousal and happiness, and even weight loss.  The contention is dark chocolate contains phenethylamine, which is an organic compound and a natural monoamine alkaloid [1].  Phenethylamine is said to trigger certain wonderful feelings and arousal and improved mental concentration. Unknown to many people, phenethylamine becomes inactive and ineffective once eaten because our body quickly metabolizes it.  Not enough concentration of phenethylamine will reach our brain that will make us feel happy or sexually aroused, if not in love.

What does this mean? Does it mean that it is futile to eat countless bars of dark chocolate?  We will never feel aroused or happy. Worst, we will just gain weight, especially if we devour pound and pounds of milk chocolate.  My friends and I often get excited when we receive dark chocolate as gifts.  We suddenly feel elated when we discover that the bar is at least seventy percent cocoa.  But all this time, our favorite chocolate, this gender-free substance, is nothing but a liar, no different from our past lovers who broke our hearts. No!

75% cocoa. How many percent love and lust? Who is to blame? 
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Perhaps, it is not chocolate that made us happy and randy in the past.  It is us. We are just hopelessly romantic.  Nevertheless, for me, I will still eat dark chocolate because it is easier to take than admitting to myself that I was a stupid blind romantic.

If your relationship fails, blame it all on chocolate. Unlike your friends, chocolate will not give you a tirade of bittersweet “I told you so.”  Dark chocolate is just bittersweet. Period. 


[1] “Phenethylamine,”, accessed 05/01/2013

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