Why Is Chocolate Addictive?


In addition to sugar and fat, chocolate contains several substances that can make it feel “addictive”.

These include tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in regulating moods; high serotonin levels can produce feelings of elation.

Can you get addicted to chocolate?

Although there are similarities between eating chocolate and drug use, generally researchers believe that chocolate “addiction” is not a true addiction. While chocolate does contain potentially mood-altering substances, these are all found in higher concentrations in other less appealing foods such as broccoli.

Why is chocolate milk so addicting?

Sugar and fat play a role, sure, and a classic milk chocolate bar has both. Theobromine is the reason chocolate is toxic to dogs (and sometimes even bears), but in humans it’s analogous to caffeine, and may be at least part of the reason chocolate is so addictive.24 Nov 2015

How can I stop craving chocolate?

Other Things That May Work

  • Drink a glass of water. Some people say that dehydration can cause cravings.
  • Eat a fruit. Having a piece of fruit may help satisfy sugar cravings for some people.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners.
  • Eat more protein.
  • Talk to a friend.
  • Sleep well.
  • Avoid excess stress.
  • Avoid certain triggers.

20 Apr 2018

Why do I always crave chocolate?

Because dopamine is released into your brain when you eat chocolate, it can actually lower your levels of stress. This is why people often crave chocolate in stressful situations, or crave it when they are in need of comfort or reassurance. Clearly, emotions play some part in the cravings that you have.13 Jul 2017