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Chocolate cravings

These are a reality, especially among chocolate lovers who are feeling depressed. Chocolate contains the stimulantsbeta-phenylethylamine (PEA) and theobromine. PEA is an effective mood elevator for some people, but as there're 520 calories in a 100g bar of chocolate, it would be better to use beta-phenylethlamine salt directly, than eat a lot of chocolate. Theobromine is a milder stimulant than caffeine and is also known to stimulate the release of endorphins ('feel-good' chemicals in the brain). See 'Carob'; 'Chocolate'; 'Chocolate and health'; 'Chocolate; Forasteros Production figures (latest available)'.

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