Chocolate Addiction

Chocolate Addiction

Many people know the craving for chocolate, but can we also get addicted to it? Are the powerful urges to eat chocolate an addiction?

We generally crave foods because we are bored, stressed, lonely or feeling low and in a way the cravings are a self-medication for feeling miserable. When we eat chocolate or other high-fat foods that are sweet too, serotonin is released, making us feel happier.

Chocolate contains biologically active ingredients, which can cause abnormal behaviours and psychological sensations like those of other addictive substances. But even though there are similarities between eating chocolates and drug use, it is believed that chocolate addiction is not a true addiction.

Our cravings for chocolate are most likely the sweetness, texture and aroma, nutrients and chemicals of the chocolate in combination with hormonal or mood swings we might have. Besides that the desire to eat chocolate is more likely a cultural phenomenon than a physical one and probably a result of today’s environment. The obsession with thinness and the stress of modern living often make us turn to comfort food. And whenever we try to restrain ourselves before we are satisfied, the desire for chocolate increases.

So what can we do about it?

Sort out our problems so that we are happier even without chocolate, find things to do, like going for a walk or running errands, instead of eating chocolate, replace chocolate with fruit, and by all means don’t buy any chocolate.

No fun? Well, of course not. Nothing is as good as chocolate! 🙂 But it probably is the only way to fight the addiction even though clever scientists say it isn’t a true addiction.

An addiction I love I must admit. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to give up chocolate completely.

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