The Chocolate Man and Endorphins

Updated: Jul 7

Have you ever wanted to find the “GOLDEN TICKET”? The original classic movie, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is one of my all-time favorites. My daughter, Erin, a theatre major, just performed in the stage play. You never get tired of singing those fun songs. Dark chocolate, in its purest form, truly is the golden ticket. It provides so many amazing health benefits. Mind you, I’m not talking about milk or white chocolate, which are full of sugar and saturated fats. Even though there are some dark products with those, milk and white chocolate have no health benefits at all.

In this series on stress and dark chocolate, today I want to address the endorphins. Malley’s Chocolates, located in Brook Park, Ohio, writes in their May 2017 blog, “Endorphins are neurotransmitters, which is a type of chemical that neurons use to communicate with one another. Endorphins interact with the receptors in our brain that reduce the perception of pain and can help trigger a positive feeling in the body. Depending on the event, neurotransmitters can directly affect the way people act and feel.

“So where does chocolate come into play? Researchers have found that cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, causes the brain to release these ‘feel good’ chemicals (AKA endorphins). But for maximum endorphin release, we need to consider the difference between dark chocolate and its creamier counterpart, milk chocolate. Pure cocoa ha