The Drug-Like Characteristics of Chocolate

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Taren and Bruinsma’s article focuses on the drug-like characteristics of chocolate. It discusses how chocolate can attribute to addictive behaviors and why this occurs. First, the idea of chocolate being addictive is addressed. The “urgent inner demand overrides all others, undermines reason, resolve, and will…It does not stop until satisfied. And then, it starts again (Bruinsma & Taren, 1999).” This behavior is associated with heavier drugs such as cocaine, alcohol, and heroin but were observed in people who craved chocolate. From observations, researchers gathered that when a person had a craving for chocolate it gave them negative moods and substitutions would not completely satisfy the craving. They used white-chocolate, magnesium supplements, and other fatty sweet foods. White chocolate is used as a substitute because it mimics texture and sweetness while magnesium supplements are used because chocolate is high in magnesium. Other fatty foods were used because fat and sugar are normally associated with human pleasure for food consumption and are key ingredients to chocolate. Though some of the substitutes showed signs of satisfaction, they never completely satisfied the craver. One of the reasons for this phenomena is the chemical nature of chocolate. Chocolate contains a relatively high amount of serotonin which is responsible for the regulation of food-intake and mood. A person who craves chocolate is possibly trying to balance their body’s low level of serotonin the

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