Subject: Love and Chocolate Date: 20 Sep 91 05:15:46 GMT In article +lt;1991Sep18.210920.2

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From: userisra@mts.ucs.ualberta.ca (Mark Israel) Newsgroups: soc.singles,alt.romance,alt.folklore.urban Subject: Love and Chocolate Date: 20 Sep 91 05:15:46 GMT In article <1991Sep18.210920.27902@ait.com>, eleanor@ait.com (Eleanor Evans) writes: > And of course we all know that people fall in love because they're not > getting enough chocolate. (Re-post of an article I posted in January.) This theory has been more or less abandoned by the researcher who originally proposed it. "How the brain system fluctuations that accompany feeling attracted and attractive come about are still unclear, but it could involve some sort of amphetaminelike chemical whose level in our brain goes up when we meet the right person. As to what that chemical might be, we're simply not sure. Phenylethylamine (PEA) might be involved.... PEA is an amphetaminelike substance that may also be the source for norepinephrine and dopamine because it is chemically very similar to them.... Post-romance depressions might involve PEA deficits.... "In one interview I remarked that chocolate was loaded with PEA, so perhaps people ate chocolate to enhance romantic feelings. This became the focus for an article in _The New York Times_, which was then taken up by the wire services, then by magazine free-lancers, and evolved into the chocolate theory of love.... "Many people do seem to eat chocolate when depressed.... Could this be an attempt at self-medication -- trying instinctively to make for the lowered internal level of PEA? This sounded reasonable, until Dr. Richard Wyatt... and a few of his associates tried eating pounds of chocolate, which didn't raise their urine levels of PEA at all and only gave them headaches.... PEA present in food is normally quickly broken down by our bodies, so that it doesn't even reach the blood, let alone the brain.... "Our hypothesis about the links between love and chocolate has gotten a lot of attention in the press, but it may turn out that people turn to chocolate when they're unhappy for the sugar, the caffeine, or out of habit, and not to get a shot of PEA." -- Michael Liebowitz, _The Chemistry of Love_ Mark Israel I have heard the Wobble! userisra@mts.ucs.ualberta.ca

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