Why Do I Crave Chocolate All the Time?
If you crave chocolate, you’re not alone. Craving chocolate is common. In North America, chocolate is what people crave most frequently. While those who report the most cravings are women at 40 percent, 15 percent of men also report frequently craving chocolate.
Craving chocolate is also not a new phenomenon. Chocoholism — the state of regularly craving chocolate — can be traced back to at least the 18th century.
So, why do people crave chocolate? Turns out, there are plenty of good reasons.
You May Have Low Blood Sugar
When your blood sugar is low, you can experience some unwanted symptoms — and the people around you can suffer, too! Low blood sugar can make you feel:
If you’re feeling this way most often between meals, it’s a good indicator your blood sugar is getting to low. The next time it happens, reach for a piece of chocolate. Chocolate contains an effective combination of sugar and caffeine that boosts your blood sugar level. You’ll get the boost of energy and mood you need to be your best you.
Worried about your blood sugar level spiking too much? Reach for the dark chocolate instead. It can help safely stabilize your blood sugar level.
You May Have a Magnesium Deficiency
If you’re craving chocolate, your magnesium level may be low. While anyone can suffer from low magnesium levels, women are especially susceptible during their menstrual cycle.
Low levels of magnesium can result in a host of unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Muscle spasms, cramps, tremors and weakness
- Confusion and poor memory
- Trouble sleeping
- Rapid heartbeat and other changes with the heart
- Nausea and vomiting
Chocolate is high in magnesium, which is why you may be craving it. If your magnesium level is low, opt for chocolate that contains nuts, which are also high in magnesium. You’ll get even more bang for your buck!
You May Be Stressed or Experiencing Anxiety
Feeling stressed and anxious is never a good thing. It affects your quality of life and the quality of life of those around you.
One of the easiest and quickest ways to get a much-needed mood boost is to eat a piece of chocolate. It increases the level of serotonin in your brain, a key neurotransmitter that increases positive feelings. An increase in serotonin is also linked to a lower level of anxiety.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, take a moment to enjoy a melt-in-your-mouth piece of chocolate.
You May Be Addicted — To All the Benefits!
While “addiction” carries a negative connotation, it can be a good thing when you’re addicted to something that provides real positive benefits for your mind and body, as chocolate does. The key is moderation.
If you’re craving chocolate regularly, you may have a chocolate addiction. Chocolate has shown to have addictive properties. It contains alkaloid compounds that you can find in alcohol, which explains why some people find it addictive. It also has anandamide, which stimulates your brain in a similar way as marijuana. While the jury is still out if chocolate contains enough of these alkaloid compounds and anandamide to have a physically addictive effect, we can all agree that craving chocolate is a real feeling.
So, the next time you’re craving chocolate, indulge in a piece and reap its many benefits!