Loot and chocolate

One of my friends is getting married this summer, and we're having her hen night soon. One of the activities of the day wil be a photo shoot, and the pictures from that will be used for a calendar. The theme of the photo shoot, and the hen night in general, is America. Can you believe I actually agreed to that? ;-p Oh well, she likes America and it's her day.. so there we go. ;-)

Anyway. Sara and I've been getting hold of some mighty fine things for the photos today. Amazingly, the local McDonald's agreed to donate some of their cups and burger wrappings and stuff. How more American can it get?? And my sister brought a flag from the US. Lovely.

My keyboard is dead, so I'm using my mothers computer, and my dad has recently installed Win XP on it and well... I don't like XP. My good old Win98 is much nicer.

I feel like blabbering on here, but not much else to say.. I mean, of course I could go on about the weather (raining, but mild), but that's boring, and of no interest to anyone.

I suppose I could bitch about the fact that I can't log on to a website which it's actually rather important that I do log on to. *bitch bitch bitch* :-p

Is Chocolate Physiologically or Psychologically Addictive?

Researchers believe phenylethylamine causes the brain to release mesolimbic dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain, which peaks during an orgasm. This may be why women report to prefer chocolate to sex. However, tests have shown that most of the phenylethylamine in chocolate is broken down before it reaches the brain.

Theobromine is a close structural relative of caffeine, but has one-tenth the stimulating effect caffeine has. Although theobromine is a weak stimulant, it can increase pulse rate. And, withdrawal from theobromine has been found to cause migraines. The level of theobromine in commercial chocolate varies from bar to bar. Milk chocolate bars contain the lowest levels of theobromine. Thus, it is unlikely that theobromine alone is responsible for chocolate cravings.

In addition to marijuana like substances, chocolate also contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid, which plays a role in the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is a calming neurotransmitter that makes people feel relaxed and satisfied and is essential for a well-balanced mood.

A study comparing chocolate cravings in Spanish and American women. [It] found that Spanish women, who did not see chocolate as a forbidden food, craved chocolate less than American women did.

Neat website, about a fascinating programme series on BBC.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 3:51 PM