Why Do Women Crave Chocolate?

by NateB11

It is said that many women crave chocolate. Is there any basis for this belief that women have a propensity to eat chocolate? Find out.

It's what a man gets a woman on Valentine's Day, a box of chocolates. It's connection to romance is no secret. If you love her and want her, you are liable to get her some chocolate.

Courtship aside, why do we associate chocolate with women and why does it seem many women love chocolate? It seems to be used for everything from beating depression and getting over a break-up to battling PMS.

But why? Is there something about this substance that gives it power over raging emotions and dread, beating back the gloom and enhancing certain drives.

Let's find out.

Chocolate is relaxing among other things

According to the research, chocolate in the system releases a chemical called anadamide which causes you to relax. Just like a drug would do.

It is smooth and soft, certain ingredients for that feel of seduction, and it is said this has an aphrodisiac effect along with the relaxing effect. Sweet and tantalizing, it bursts with sensations!

It induces craving and desire, an instant pleasure that makes the consumer want more.

Great marketing for Valentine's Day, I suppose.

Is there some reason all these things might have a stronger effect on women? One explanation is that women tend to have a stronger sense of smell, so that sweet and tasty chocolate has an even stronger effect on them than it does on men.

Does chocolate lift your mood?

It is said that chocolate releases serotonin in your body which is a natural anti-depressant and indeed lifts your mood. The body could very well be craving something to bring you out of your depression. Too much stress, getting over a break-up, needing a lift: Often, chocolate does the trick.

Chocolate is often associated with women and romance, among other things.

Does Chocolate Beat Back PMS?

One theory goes, that when the hormones are raging during PMS, you need something strong enough to satisfy you. Chocolate can often do just that: Satisfy. As stated, it's smooth, pleasing and sweet and does release serotonin and other chemicals that satisfy you and keep you relaxed. Makes sense to me that it would do a good job fighting PMS.

Chocolate Chemicals

As stated, chocolate releases serotonin in your body which makes you feel happier. It also releases endorphins, via Phenethylamine (a natural chemical that is in chocolate), which makes you romantic and passionate, they say. Chocolate also contains Theobromine, which is a stimulant and perks you up right quick.

So, there's some evidence that chocolate works like a natural drug to increase desire, lift your mood, make you relaxed and get you to think about some romantic things. The smooth texture adds to this effect and sensation of chocolate too.

Are Women Born with a Love for Chocolate?

So, we have seen that the texture of chocolate is very pleasing, smooth and luscious. We know it is sweet, which is generally a pleasurable taste. We have also discovered that chocolate releases chemicals that lift mood and lower anxiety, like serotonin and endorphins, and could enhance desire and romantic feelings. In addition, it's a stimulant to help you when you're down in the dumps.

When hormones rage, we tend to seek something satisfying. It truly seems chocolate does the trick for those premenstrual times that are difficult to manage.

In addition, women's enhanced sense of smell makes chocolate all the more delightful.

Fact is, too, chocolate has antioxidants which are good for the body. So, a little bit of that chocolate when needed isn't going to hurt.

And, sometimes, you just need a little help, a bit of a lift, especially when particularly overwhelmed. Sometimes you just want to reach out to a friend by the name of chocolate.

Chocolate has tended to be associated with what is feminine. It can brighten your day, that's for sure.
Chocolate has tended to be associated with what is feminine. It can brighten your day, that's for sure.
Updated: 07/31/2015, NateB11
 
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