Chocoholics not only crave chocolate but seem to
be drawn to it against their will as if addicted to the delectable
I crave the sweet taste of chocolate myself and feel
as if I am in heaven when devouring the sinful snack.
Even the smell of chocolate sends my senses into a frenzy.
have always wondered if I was in fact forever addicted to this sweet
snack or if this is merely an excuse I use to satisfy the guilt at my
According to statistics and studies women are more likely to be drawn
to chocolate with over 40% claiming they love the delightful
However there are men who are also chocoholics but
only about 15% reported cravings.
So what is it that makes us
crave the chocolate?
There are various theories behind the cravings. Some claim it
is purely out of taste. After all, what can possibly taste
better than chocolate?
Then there is the belief that
chocoholics are addicted because chemical reactions from the
ingredients that make us feel good. Another theory is that we
crave chocolate because culture has put this treat on a pedestal and
there is a status symbol attached to it.
Does Society Dictate our Cravings?
Chocolate is often referred to as the “food of the gods”.
This dates back to Aztec society when chocolate was only savored by
priests, warriors and nobility only. Even today chocolate is
thought of as a treat for the elite.
The tradition of
revering chocolate continues today and is apparent in
our selections of gifts. Chocolate is a favorite gift for men
to give to women that they adore and love.
This is a symbol
of putting their special someone up on a pedestal. So is it
culture that has produced our desire or does society continue
to revere this gift because there are so many chocoholics?
Which came first, the chocolate or the chocoholic?
Chocoholic By Chemical Addiction?
theory as to why there are so many chocoholics is
the unique ingredients in chocolate. It’s not so much that
they are unique and unusual ingredients but rather the chemical
reactions these ingredients cause.
Eating chocolate invokes
many good feelings which may the reason we crave it so much.
The sugar in chocolate causes the release of a chemical called
serotonin. Serotonin helps reduce feelings of depression
and anxieties making us feel better.
The good feelings don’t stop there.
The sweet taste of chocolate releases endorphins in the brain and gives
us a euphoric rush.
The fat in chocolate enriches the flavor
and smells enticing our senses and satisfies another nerve chemical
called galanin. This chemical reaction helps curb our
appetite and cravings for fat.
The list of ingredients
and chemical reactions goes on. The
decadent delight also contains theobromine and caffeine which gives you
a mental boost.
Then there’s phenlythylmine, also known as
PEA, which increases the heart rate and blood pressure, stimulates the
nerouse system and can give you the same tingly feelings as being in
love. Maybe this is why chocolate is also considered the
candy of love.
Lastly there is a substance in chocolate that mimics the effects of
marijuana. This ingredient is called anadamine.
Enzymes begin to break down this ingredient shortly after being
introduced into the body so your feeling of being “high” is short lived
and there is not enough of this ingredient to give you a global high
Even though chocolate can create good feelings from the chemical
reactions and society has given chocolate an elite status, perhaps we
are chocoholics for the simplest reason – taste!
there are many other foods that have some of the same ingredients as
chocolate but are not craved in the same way as chocolate.
And society has placed a status symbol on other foods like caviar and
high priced wines and cheeses, yet these are not as sought after as
So maybe it really does boil down to the pure delightful taste of
chocolate. After all, chocolates creaminess is like no other
foods I’ve ever tasted. The cocoa butter in chocolate give it
a rich texture that just seems to melt in your mouth not to mention the
sweet taste of sugar.
Some chocolate is also healthy for you and has antioxidants.
Check out this article about dark chocolate
from a site
dedicated to antioxidants.
If you fear your emotions made you join the chocoholics
club, then be sure to read this article on emotional eating
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