Are you addicted to chocolate? Well, you certainly aren’t alone. And, according to science, there are some very valid explanations for why you get so addicted to chocolate in the first place. Keep reading to learn more.
Here’s Why You Get So Addicted to Chocolate…
The Addictive Substances in Chocolate
First off, what are the substances in chocolate that make it so addictive? After all, isn’t chocolate natural? Well, there are a few addictive substances in your favorite treat, and they include cannabinoids (yes, those chemicals that are a lot like the ones that are found in marijuana and make it so enticing). Other addictive substances include caffeine, along with enkephalin, which could trigger opioid receptors in the brain. And studies have also determined that chocolate has a chemical that is similar to amphetamine, which is a drug that is highly addictive.
It’s All About How Chocolate Makes You Feel
Chocolate really does make you feel good because it actually has an effect on your brain. When you eat chocolate, a chemical reaction in your brain occurs that prompts you to want to eat more of it. On top of that, you easily recall how good the chocolate was and how great it made you feel the last time you ate it, so you end up wanting to experience those sensations all over again. Experts think that this is due, at least in part, to the fat and sugar in chocolate. But theobromine, which is a stimulant, may also help make chocolate addictive because it could help boost your arousal, focus, and overall mood. So when you eat chocolate, you feel good, and your brain ends up wanting more.
Does Everyone Get Addicted to Chocolate?
Chocolate could certainly be addictive, but it does not mean that everyone who eats it will automatically become addicted to it. Some people may become more addicted than others, and still others might not become addicted at all even when they eat a lot of chocolate. So if you find yourself craving a piece of chocolate at least once a day, you might be addicted. Just rest assured that this isn’t necessarily a dangerous addiction, although it might add some inches to your waistline over time.
So there you have it: chocolate, according to science, could become an addiction. To prevent yourself from becoming addicted to this sugary treat, just be sure to indulge in moderation. Remember, you are always in control.