I cannot resist eating chocolate whatever the situation. Chocolate makes me really happy and swings my mood from good to bad. So is this addiction? Well I do not know, but there are some views floating on this topic. I went ahead and read a few and was happy to know that it is not addictive. Let us go more in detail.
- The Psychologists say “No” – As per clinical Psychology chocolate is not an addiction. You can call it craving. This is because addiction is more general. An addictive substance will affect all without discrimination. However chocolate craving is found more in women, and can be linked to hormonal changes rather than addiction.
- Contains mood enhancing chemicals – Very similar to drugs that have the potential to be addictive, chocolate also has mood enhancing chemicals. Theobromine a chemical found in cocoa is said to have a stimulating effect on the brain. However according to scientists it is one-tenth of the effect hence does not qualify as addictive.
- Contains a chemical found in Marijuana – One researcher found out that chocolate contains. Piomelli a substance found in chocolate and Marijuana gives a high to the brain cells. However chocolate has very less of the substance. However it is present which makes me think that it can be addictive.
Decide for yourself whether chocolate is addictive or not. I am going to continue eating it no matter what!