Can chocolate be addictive?
Keywords:chocolate, addiction, psycoactive agents, bingeing disorder, craving, methylxanthines, biogenic amines, hedonism
Addiction term is often associated with alcohol, drugs, but currently there is also a new type of addiction that is widely debated called the food addiction. There are different types of food in the world each having its own desirable characteristic to be claimed addictive. One such type of food that is popular and explicitly craved is chocolate. This is a review of literature on consolidating the possible causes and reasons to prove whether chocolate can be as addictive as any other addictive drugs. Chocolate’s unique sensory property, its hedonic appeal and the psychoactive agents like methylxanthines, cannabinoid, like fatty acids and biogenic amines that resembles drug like effects are being explored. This review also covers the influence of gender, age groups for chocolate preference. It also validates what kind of chocolate is mostly preferred. It is relevant to say that food items we consume have an impact on our emotions. Therefore the emotional and behavioural aspects of chocolate eating and stimulation of chocolate cravings are being evaluated and what makes it to elicit drug like effects is being elucidated. The uncontrollable craving of chocolate can land into bingeing disorder or disordered eating is something being speculated and the need to be controlled is stressed. Finally, the question on the existence of chocolate addiction is being answered.
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