Chocolate and bad mood

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   Posted 6/1/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I hear everywhere that chocolate is a health food, great for your mood, like "falling in love". For me, nothing could be further from the truth.
I'm trying to find people who react to chocolate the way I do - rage, paranoia, depression, irritability. It lasts maybe a few days. I can't even eat a candy bar without getting this reaction. I don't know what chemical causes this - I know it's not caffeine, since coffee doesn't do that to me. Theobromine, maybe, or phenylethylanine - both are present in chocolate.
I've also heard that chocolate can be a factor in bedwetting.
Any feedback? I would sure love some.

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   Posted 6/1/2007 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Zeee, Hmmmm...I have not ever heard of these reactions to chocolate.  I dont care or crave chocolate like most females do but I dont have any reactions to it either.  It will be interesting to see if anyone posts replies to this.
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   Posted 6/2/2007 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Zeee,
Like Els, I will be interested to see if anyone posts here since I have never heard of these reactions before. A thought on your situaton though, it doesnt have to be a chemical reaction. (Although I suspect it is) It could be that you have conditioned yourself (A bit like programming) without realising it. Could you eat chocolate as a child? Can you link chocolate to any bad experiences? Just as an example, there is an alcoholic drink in the UK (I dont know if it is in the US) called Aftershock. I never had any issues drinking it until one night I drank too much, got very drunk and had a RAGING hangover in the morning. Now, I cant even smell it without feeling sick.
P.S Have you considered factoring in SERETONIN on the chemical side? Its a hormone usually associated with pleasure and is lacking during depression. (Just some info in case you wanted to look it up!)
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   Posted 6/2/2007 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have not heard about that,but if you think about it chocolate has caffeine,which can affect different people in different ways.
I too am not one to crave chocolate anymore (used to before the depression hit full hilt) but, it does make some sense.

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