As a major addict, I thought it might be fun to review some of my favorite sweet addictions. When we really feel blue, at times the best cure is going for the cookie jar or even cuddling with an ice cream cone. These types of treats could be a fast fix, however sweets are not the healthiest approach to happiness (but who really cares in times of need?)
As some chocolate melts on the tongue, you can actually feel stress leave as well as bliss greet you. However is it only a trick of the mind? And also what about some foods? Could they assist (or hurt) your mood?
There are some foods that can induce the happy-making aspects of your brain. It’s not just the imagination. For example, chocolate is a called joy stimulant. Based on a study posted in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, people who consumed polyphenol-rich chocolate once every day (the same as 1.5 ounces of chocolate) noted feeling calmer and even more content compared to people who did not.
Cocoa enhances brain serotonin. Nearly every single antidepressant aims at either boosting serotonin or retaining it in the brain for a longer time. Chocolate does that very well. Therefore, if you’re craving for chocolate, what you can truly be craving isn’t a thing sweet, but one thing to make you smile.
Processed sugar also raises endorphin’s that can enhance mood and give a temporary chemical “high”. (The effect of sugar on blood glucose varies in various people, so it’s not clear just how much sugar it will take to lead to a high.)
For some, it can be harder to stay away from the sweet things. It turns out that we may be able to blame genes as some people are genetically predisposed to crave sugar. Plus, latest research suggests person who prefer sweets are likely to be compassionate, friendly, and yes— sweeter. However a bag of Skittles likely isn’t the healthiest path to kindness.