Did you know that chocolate contains high- quality anti-oxidant that can protect you from developing cancer?
Chocolate craving is very common, but can we actually be addicted toit?
We generally crave food due to external prompts and our emotional state, rather than actual hunger. We tend to be bored, anxious, or depressed immediately before experiencing cravings, so oneway of explaining craving is self-medication for feeling miserable.
Chocolate is made of the seeds of Theobroma cacao, which means ‘food of the gods’. Therefore chocolate was long romantically relatedto as ‘food of the gods’. Aztecs used to make drinks from the seeds of that tree. They believed that Theobroma cacao seeds gave them unusual powers, wisdom and fertility. In 1528 chocolate wasintroduced to Europe but it took a few centuries until 19th century when cocoa powder, milk and cocoa butter were mixed to form a now known form of chocolate.
Nowadays, there are various types ofchocolate and the consumption of it is very
huge, in the USA alone a typical person consumes 11.5 pounds of chocolate every year. People love chocolate because of its flavor, taste and texture.
To some itmay sound ridiculous that such daily consumed food as chocolate could be described as addictive. However, scientists have shown the addictive effect of it on people. So, if you consume 8 or morechocolate bars a week and define yourself as a chocoholic you may be actually not exaggerating.
When do people actually start thinking that chocolate eating is a problem? It is when they cannot controlthe craving for this sweet substance. Also, they might feel they are addicted to it when they cannot avoid consuming chocolate even though they wish to. Others may feel guilty because they eat too muchof cocoa containing products. Weight gain usually is not associated with chocolate consumption and addiction.
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