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Why Do People Give Chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

February 28, 2012

Photo: Kaili S.

By Kamilah B.

Have you been to the store lately and noticed the Valentine’s Day section filled with chocolates? Have you ever wondered why people give chocolates on Valentine’s Day?

Chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree.  The name of the cacao tree is Theobroma, which means “the food of the gods.”  I think people give chocolates on Valentine’s Day because after you eat it you feel good inside. The three ingredients that cause this good feeling are sugar, theobromine, and caffeine.

Sugar is a type of carbohydrate.  Carbohydrates provide  quick energy.  So when you eat chocolate you feel a burst of energy.

Theobromine and caffeine are both types of stimulants. Stimulants are substances that excite the brain and nervous system, so after you eat chocolate you might feel awake and get things done faster.  All these ingredients taste great and help us feel good.

The Chocolate Theory of Love says that chocolate is rich in phenylethylamine (PEA), which produces the same sensation as being in love. Other people say that PEA dissolves too quickly so it can’t be the chemical that makes us feel good when we eat chocolate.

I know one thing for sure: Eat too much chocolate and you get a trip to the dentist!


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