Everyone knows, chocolate makes you happy! Reason enough for many to have a piece of tea every day. But how exactly does this work? Does this make us happy because we all like chocolate or is there more to it? There is indeed more to it. Chocolate itself does not make you happy (except that it is a joy to eat). The cocoa in the chocolate gives you that nice, happy feeling. How does it work? Quite simply, serotonin is an important hormone that is located in the gastrointestinal tract, but is also produced in the brain. The brain produces serotonin using tryptophan. This is an amino acid that occurs in large quantities in cocoa. Unfortunately, this is not yet a reason to stock up on a lot of bars. The chocolate from the supermarket contains little cocoa and a lot of sugars and fats. Furthermore, this chocolate is first melted in its entirety (in order to be able to pour it into a certain shape), so that little tryptophan remains. No, if you want to stimulate the production of serotonin in a healthy way, it is best to visit the nearest organic shop. These sell the superfood raw cocoa in various forms (think cocoa nibs, bars, powder and beans.) All super healthy because besides being rich in tryptophan, they are also packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. And let cocoa powder just be a joy to work with. Today a delicious vegan sweet potato brownie recipe that you can keep eating without feeling guilty !! And if you're baking anyway, try these delicious banana muffins right away!
Medjool dates (pitted)
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