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The truth behind 28 urban food legends

Cheapism Logo By Jeff Rindskopf of Cheapism | Slide 2 of 29: We've all heard the gendered stereotype that women reach for chocolate after a breakup or other emotional turmoil, and maybe they're onto something. Studies show that chocolate can ease symptoms of premenstrual syndrome such as anxiety and suppress feelings of fatigue and irritation. In fact, chocolate's mood-altering effects are caused by a release of neurochemicals such as serotonin, especially in combination with carbohydrates, as demonstrated by an MIT study involving brownies.

Chocolate Equals Instant Stress Relief

We've all heard the gendered stereotype that women reach for chocolate after a breakup or other emotional turmoil, and maybe they're onto something. Studies show that chocolate can ease symptoms of premenstrual syndrome such as anxiety and suppress feelings of fatigue and irritation. In fact, chocolate's mood-altering effects are caused by a release of neurochemicals such as serotonin, especially in combination with carbohydrates, as demonstrated by an MIT study involving brownies.

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