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Why are so many people obsessed with chocolate?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 22, 2012 at 7:01 PM

It's in a lot of people's top 5 foods according to responses on that question. If you search chocolate there are a ton of questions about it, ways to get it, which is the best, etc etc. Many people eat it daily on here.

There's some info here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/52613/why-am-i-craving-so-much-chocolate#axzz1mx3VSujf

Why do many people ignore all of the potential negatives and consume it all the time anyway?

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on February 24, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I think wine and chocolate are probably healthful via hormesis and so at quite low levels.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 23, 2012
at 10:51 AM

I would not go that far. Sex is much more enjoyable. But it comes with a price. Chocolate will never talk back to you or leave his dirty socks on the floor. :) So most women need sex AND chocolate.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 23, 2012
at 10:47 AM

I can't drink coffee - it bothers my stomach. Chocolate too, but not as much. Figure this! :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 23, 2012
at 06:31 AM

I disagree!!! I crave pure cocoa/cacao mass that has no sugar (or salt). I like the taste even better when it is bitter! I crave 100% pure cocoa (and yes, I can buy that!)

A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

(865)

on February 23, 2012
at 01:14 AM

I'm working on it - it's a journey.

2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

(1520)

on February 23, 2012
at 12:30 AM

There seems to be a lot of backward rationalization when it comes to indulgences.

360fcaf60855a8d410edaab30d54928e

(110)

on February 22, 2012
at 11:16 PM

I don't think the pure coca itself is addictive or it's not a bad addiction. Like saying eating is addictive. "I eat now but later on I get hungry again." I think what is addictive is the sugar. The higher the % of cocoa the lower the amount of sugar. I get the 90% coca but you get as high as 99%. Less than 85% is probably too much sugar.

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 22, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Great points. I like stirring things up so, what do you think about David Moss's post? http://paleohacks.com/questions/99567/why-are-so-many-people-obsessed-with-chocolate/99611#99611 And can you not get iron, mag and mang from other sources without the sugar/potential addictive properties? Also could the same thing that "fills" a craving also be causing a craving? The need for dessert is another interesting topic of its own... Thanks for the input

00c8eb3f6e6a1884216044ca29cf868a

on February 22, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Women need chocolate like men need sex. Men: you'll never understand. Just accept it and deal with it.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on February 22, 2012
at 09:26 PM

@PrimalDanny - So I've heard. During my chocolate "experiment" I bought different types/brands/etc. to no avail. I have heard about the Vosges Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bacon bar on one of the Paleo forums... That might be my list ditch effort, but an effort I'm willing to make. :)

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 22, 2012
at 09:02 PM

I'm interested in this. You hear people say a glass a wine a day is healthy... but my instinct was always that that was an excuse to drink wine. I feel as if people take this approach with chocolate as well.

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 22, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Alcohol.. coffee.. chocolate.. Same difference. Joking of course, though people have similar behaviors with each. I see where you're coming from. I don't have a taste for beer or coffee, and slightly enjoy tea. But I enjoy the taste of chocolate of all types.. Interesting to see this perspective, thanks.

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 22, 2012
at 08:49 PM

+1 I really appreciate this answer. You seem to be very in tune with your body and your goals.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on February 22, 2012
at 08:41 PM

There is a *lot* of variability in dark chocolate. It's not just about the percentage of solids.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on February 22, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Salted chocolate is becoming popular these days.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 22, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Hmmm..coffee sometimes would take first place over other things for me!!!

03bb06ced2ae02a265909342d4cf3e75

(793)

on February 22, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Great answer! I compared chocolate to coffee, but I like your analogy a lot more :)

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 22, 2012
at 07:38 PM

You might as well ask why people have sex. It would fit your argument just as well. My answer to you is seratonin and also dark chocolate still fits in the Paleo framework with negligible downsides.

03bb06ced2ae02a265909342d4cf3e75

(793)

on February 22, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Great answer! I compared chocolate to coffee, but I like your analogy a lot more :)

00c8eb3f6e6a1884216044ca29cf868a

on February 22, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Women need chocolate like men need sex. Men: you'll never understand. Just accept it and deal with it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 23, 2012
at 10:51 AM

I would not go that far. Sex is much more enjoyable. But it comes with a price. Chocolate will never talk back to you or leave his dirty socks on the floor. :) So most women need sex AND chocolate.

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360fcaf60855a8d410edaab30d54928e

on February 22, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Dark chocolate taste good and is a good source of iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. If you buy at leat 90% cocoa the it is usually very low in sugar. It can be used effectively to fill a craving for sweet foods. It is a source of antioxidants and can help repair free radical damage. Cocoa butter on its own is a healthy fat as it???s highly saturated and low in polyunsaturated fat. It features a mild chocolate taste and is great to prepare healthy desserts.

360fcaf60855a8d410edaab30d54928e

(110)

on February 22, 2012
at 11:16 PM

I don't think the pure coca itself is addictive or it's not a bad addiction. Like saying eating is addictive. "I eat now but later on I get hungry again." I think what is addictive is the sugar. The higher the % of cocoa the lower the amount of sugar. I get the 90% coca but you get as high as 99%. Less than 85% is probably too much sugar.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 23, 2012
at 06:31 AM

I disagree!!! I crave pure cocoa/cacao mass that has no sugar (or salt). I like the taste even better when it is bitter! I crave 100% pure cocoa (and yes, I can buy that!)

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 22, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Great points. I like stirring things up so, what do you think about David Moss's post? http://paleohacks.com/questions/99567/why-are-so-many-people-obsessed-with-chocolate/99611#99611 And can you not get iron, mag and mang from other sources without the sugar/potential addictive properties? Also could the same thing that "fills" a craving also be causing a craving? The need for dessert is another interesting topic of its own... Thanks for the input

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on February 22, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Because chocolate is addictive. If you add theobromine to any food at all, people will come to like it more regardless of taste. It's also been shown to reduce stress.

I would take the supposed benefits of chocolate with a pinch of salt though (not literally). Chocolate is packed full of anti-nutrients, including phytic acid and oxalate, so like wheat, its nutritional profile is doubtless not as impressive as it looks on paper.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on February 22, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Salted chocolate is becoming popular these days.

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 22, 2012
at 09:02 PM

I'm interested in this. You hear people say a glass a wine a day is healthy... but my instinct was always that that was an excuse to drink wine. I feel as if people take this approach with chocolate as well.

2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

(1520)

on February 23, 2012
at 12:30 AM

There seems to be a lot of backward rationalization when it comes to indulgences.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on February 24, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I think wine and chocolate are probably healthful via hormesis and so at quite low levels.

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360fcaf60855a8d410edaab30d54928e

on February 22, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Here is a link from the website Natural News. Not exactly paleo but a good website. http://www.naturalnews.com/035035_dark_chocolate_health_benefits_cacao.html

(NaturalNews) More and more health reasons for eating dark chocolate keep coming in. Many will be pointed out here, then explained further in the sources indicated by numbers in parenthesis. But first, understand that organic dark chocolate brought into the market place under fair trade agreements is best.

Some of the major cheap chocolate producers use child slaves in Africa to pick cacao. The more dark the chocolate with less sugar, milk, and other ingredients, the closer it is to cacao. A range of at least 70% to 90% cacao in dark chocolate is both tasty and healthy.

Milk chocolate contains milk, which negates the health benefits, and sugar, which feeds cancer cells. Avoid it.

According to Dr. Debra Miller's statement in Chemistry Central Journal , "Cacao seeds are a 'Super Fruit' providing nutritive value beyond that of their macronutrient composition." (1)

Interestingly, one doesn't have to gorge lots of chocolate every day to get the health benefits. A little treat, like a square or two daily will support good health.

A study of almost 20,000 participants in Germany concluded that those who ate 7.5 grams of dark chocolate a day received most of the heart protection benefits of chocolate. Organic dark chocolate bars are usually 100 grams. (1)

Benefits of dark chocolate 1) Cardiac and stroke protection : Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure, which lowers risks of heart attacks and strokes. (1)

2) Reduces risk of colon cancer : Cocoa polyphenols from dark chocolate reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. This was determined in a study by the Science and Technology Institute of Food and Nutrition in Spain, which was published in the journal Molecular Nutrition. (2)

3) Healthy fats :The fat in chocolate does little to raise cholesterol. It contains abundant oleic acid, the type of fatty acid found in olive oil, which helps prevent heart disease and promote antioxidant activity. (3)

4) Enhances glucose metabolism : Dark chocolate (70% plus) candy bars inhibit blood sugar issues to help prevent diabetes and obesity. How's that for a surprise! (3)

5) Improves mood : Studies have shown that dark chocolate contains serotonin and increases endorphin production. It's a natural anti-depressant. (4)

6) Improves brain function : Nottingham University professor Ian MacDonald used MRI analysis to determine improved brain activity with people who had just consumed cocoa drinks. (4) Hopefully they didn't have to undergo too many MRI scans that would fry their brains!

7) Eases PMS issues : Here's a hint for husbands and boyfriends to give dark chocolate to your wives and lady friends. (5)

There you have it: many reasons to enjoy organic dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacao. There are brands with 80% to 90% as well. These aren't your kiddy chocolates with lots of sugar or milk or creamy nugget fillings, etc. They are semi-sweet at best.

The more bitter the better. It's not difficult to get used to if you really like chocolate. Enjoy chocolate with the knowledge that it's actually good for you.

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A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

on February 22, 2012
at 08:26 PM

For me, really being able to enjoy and appreciate a good quality dark chocolate as a more indulgent part of my diet makes me aware of how far I've come. I haven't had the best relationship with food in the past, and sugar could always trigger a binge. One of my favorite sugar-filled foods was chocolate (milk, white, semi-dark). I could start with one square (or M&M, Reese's, hershey kiss, chocolate chip) and I'd end up inhaling the rest of whatever I was eating, along with a ton of other junk. Through readjusting my taste buds and my attitude toward food, I now look forward to savoring ONE square of 100% dark chocolate. Instead of inhaling it, I really enjoy it.

I don't eat chocolate all day everyday, but I do eat it everyday. That's the difference.

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 22, 2012
at 08:49 PM

+1 I really appreciate this answer. You seem to be very in tune with your body and your goals.

A115b8aa3c375f10d5bde0c0d06b6143

(865)

on February 23, 2012
at 01:14 AM

I'm working on it - it's a journey.

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Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on February 22, 2012
at 08:37 PM

I can't stand the stuff - dark chocolate that is. So I don't get the obsession either. I understand the health benefits and everything and wish I could overcome the taste - WAY too bitter. Pre-paleo I could inhale milk chocolate. During my transition to paleo I bought several bars of the dark stuff, with varying percentages (from 60%-99%), and every one of them ended up in the trash after barely a single bite.

I don't get my taste buds... But then again, I was never able to get a taste for coffee, tea, or beer.

361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 22, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Alcohol.. coffee.. chocolate.. Same difference. Joking of course, though people have similar behaviors with each. I see where you're coming from. I don't have a taste for beer or coffee, and slightly enjoy tea. But I enjoy the taste of chocolate of all types.. Interesting to see this perspective, thanks.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on February 22, 2012
at 08:41 PM

There is a *lot* of variability in dark chocolate. It's not just about the percentage of solids.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on February 22, 2012
at 09:26 PM

@PrimalDanny - So I've heard. During my chocolate "experiment" I bought different types/brands/etc. to no avail. I have heard about the Vosges Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bacon bar on one of the Paleo forums... That might be my list ditch effort, but an effort I'm willing to make. :)

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03bb06ced2ae02a265909342d4cf3e75

on February 22, 2012
at 07:47 PM

I'm not sure there are too many negatives to extra dark chocolate, other than small amounts of sugar. As others have answered, it's a delicious treat that's full of nutrients and good fats, and it can help with cravings. If chocolate didn't give me headaches most of the time I eat it, I'd almost definitely eat it every day.

I think chocolate is a lot like coffee; if you like it and don't have any negative reactions to it, then there's almost no harm and probably some benefit to indulging.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 22, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Hmmm..coffee sometimes would take first place over other things for me!!!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 23, 2012
at 10:47 AM

I can't drink coffee - it bothers my stomach. Chocolate too, but not as much. Figure this! :)

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on February 22, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Okay, I have been on Paleo since October 22nd. I am sick with like tons of stuff, cannot eat half the foods that others can eat on Paleo and have constant fatigue. I mean I feel tired a lot of times and cannot function well.

The only thing I crave is chocolate AND the only thing that gives me energy is chocolate. You tell me why - because I am totally lost. I don't know the answer. I wish I knew. The only thing I can think of it has something to do with liver, but I could be way off there.

Also, I take it you are a guy. Well, I am a girl and I know tons of girls who crave chocolate. I guess it has something that girls need. Some weird combination of iron and magnesium maybe, because we lose blood every month?

I know it is a very valid question but believe me - when I crave chocolate, I would eat it even if it was proven that it more deadly than rat poison.

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99aca1e07394135ea1e040582ce54b4d

on February 23, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Having a couple of squares of 90% chocolate stops me from feeling deprived and satisfies the desire for something sweet. Which in turn stops any sweet 'cravings' from escalating into full-on obsession which might otherwise result in eating a load of sugary crap I really don't want or need.

So - a small amount of 90% choc, some antioxidants and other good stuff v a big pile of sugar and anti-nutrients? A no-brainer for me, personally.

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Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

on February 22, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Negatives? It's pretty good for you. I'm sure there's some people who abuse that as just one branch of 'faileo', and I expect they do so because they like the taste. I don't really agree with there being anything you rely on to eat every day but life isn't perfect. But if there are associated risks, it is generally the lesser of multiple dietary evils. There are far worse indulgences in the snack aisle. Plus, depending on who you talk to, dark chocolate is pretty good for you.

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Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on February 23, 2012
at 04:00 PM

I only consume 100% organic cocoa

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 23, 2012
at 03:54 PM

Doesn't chocolate have caffeine, some sort of addictive substance starting with a TH, and too much copper?

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