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Is there a scientific reason for our intense desire for chocolate?

Ancient Aztecs believed chocolate conferred sexual prowess on those that consumed it.  They even celebrated the harvest of the cacao bean with festivals of wild orgies. So I wonder is chocolate a food or a passion?  A Spanish priest tried to prevent his New World parishioners from drinking chocolate and he was found dead; poisoned the very next day.  Researches have studied the effects of chocolate for a very long time.  As it turns out there is a somewhat scientific reason for our desire of chocolate.  Chocolate contains unusually large amounts of PEA / phenylethylamine, a stimulant similar to chemicals released by the human body by someone in love.  Some scientist say that the caffeine in chocolate causes cravings.  Others...

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