Chocolate can cause some to become angry/mad. Some, like me. Chocolate messes with my brain and with my gut. Glad I’ve known this for a while — but I wish I had discovered it much earlier in life. Thank goodness all I have to do is avoid the stuff. Then the world is a better place both for me and for everyone else.
This goes to show how we have to be observant, be inductive, make connections, reason, and use logic. Eternally, assiduously, rigorously, and passionately.
On HealthBoards.com, under the heading “anger and chocolate,” some people discussed how chocolate affected them. Some have it bad, worse than I do.
One person said:
I find that chocolate causes me to have rage attacks.
Another said (note: I corrected his grammar for clarity):
My wife actually gets nervous now when she sees me eating chocolate. We have had major fights about it.
One guy in there has it bad. He is affected a lot worse than I am! Read it for yourself.
In “Chocolate: The Good, the Bad and the Angry” (Psychology Today, Nov 10, 2010) Gary L. Wenk Ph. D wrote:
For a small percentage of the population, eating chocolate can produce rage, paranoia and anger that occur without warning.
Chocolate contains phenethylamine (PEA), a molecule that resembles amphetamine and some of other psychoactive stimulants. When chocolate is eaten, PEA is rapidly metabolized by the enzyme MAO. Fifty percent of the PEA you consume in a chocolate bar is metabolized within only ten minutes. Thus very little PEA usually reaches the brain, thus contributing little or no appreciable psychoactive effect without the use of a drug that can inhibit MAO. Could this happen? Possibly yes. MAO levels are at their lowest level in premenstrual women, which is the time when women most crave the soothing effects of chocolate. In addition, chocolate also contains small amounts of the amino acid tyramine.
Tyramine can powerfully induce the release of adrenaline, increase blood pressure and heart rate and produce nausea and headaches. Usually, the nasty effects of tyramine are prevented because it too is metabolized by MAO. You can see the problem: the tyramine and PEA in chocolate may slow each other’s metabolism. The consequence is having both of these chemicals hang around too long in the body would be high blood pressure, a fast beating heart, heightened arousal, racing thoughts, anger, anxiety and rage. One rather controversial study claimed that inhibitors of MAO were able to increase PEA levels in the brain by 1000-fold! That’s a lot and the consequences of this actually happening could be lethal. However, the potential exists for some vulnerable people to experience significant shifts in mood after eating chocolates with high cocoa powder levels.
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I don’t know if that mechanism applies to me, but eating chocolate is sure not good for me or this world.
But we do not need to know the entire biochemical cause. We don’t need to wait for any deductive proof to grasp causality. I don’t have to wait for a double-blind, placebo-controlled study to know that, when jumping from a plane, parachutes are safe and healthy. I don’t have to wait for a double-blind, placebo-controlled, “gold standard” study to know that fish live in water.
Induction is prior to deduction. Experience and induction are what give us causality.
Whatever the causal mechanism, the fact remains: chocolate causes me to get angry or have a dysfunctional brain. The fact comes first, the explanation later.
No to chocolate! Yes to zinc!
Serenity comes from science.