Vanilla is an Addictive Stimulant

December 12, 2012 at 2:00 am 4 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

Vanilla is often associated with plain, boring and ordinary; however, vanilla is anything but vanilla.

Now, it’s hardly the kind of thing you’d find shady characters dealing on a dark street corner. In fact, it’s not the kind of thing you’d likely find anywhere — I mean, good luck finding Grade A Tahitian Vanilla Beans in most cities. If you do find them, you’re looking at $5 or more for a single bean.

vanilla bean

Beans of such high quality are typically sought by epicureans, but there’s more to vanilla than its taste.

According to the British Medical Journal, “vanilla is highly addictive.” The active ingredient is linked to epinephrine and norepinephrine, also known as adrenaline and noradrenaline. These hormones are related to your natural fight or flight response, triggering an increase in heart rate and oxygen supplied to your brain. It’s the same type of reaction people seek to trigger with skydiving and other extreme sports.

So, if you really like vanilla, you’re kind of an adrenaline junkie and there’s nothing plain or boring about that.

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sources: British Medical Journal, wikipedia (epinephrine, norepinephrine)

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wendy  |  December 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I think some one should hand out Vanilla Lattes on zip lines!
    Coming right up!

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  • 2. Bekah  |  December 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    That does explain why I’ve been drinking a lot more vanilla lattes and less cafe mochas.

    Reply
  • 3. disconnectd  |  January 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    This is very intriguing. . Can’t say I’ve ever been bitten by the nilla bug though. :P

    Reply
  • 4. Anoonymous  |  November 21, 2015 at 1:07 am

    i dono why but ive always like vanilla cofe creamers, id switch to others jsut to see whats out there, but always have vanilla creamer.

    Reply

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