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Why Women Love Chocolate

Updated on September 10, 2014

It's not our fault...honestly!

Women eat a lot of chocolate. We have a self-confessed love for it. Some men understand this and buy chocolate as gifts (great - he's probably a keeper). Some even buy it for their lady as a form of tranquiliser but we'll come to PMS later.

What is it about chocolate that we love and let's be honest - crave. It's the sort of craving that will get you out of bed at three o'clock in the morning to search for that bar you hid in the kitchen. Or is that just me? Nah - we're all in this together, girls! And while we're on the subject, who are these strange women who can keep a bar of chocolate in the fridge and eat it one square at a time. Hmmm. Something really wrong there. Anyhow, let's look at why chocolate affects us the way it does. And drool over some lovely pictures of our great love.

It can't all be down to the divine sensation of chocolate slowly melting in your mouth, can it?

It's Official...Chocolate Affects Your Mood

All women know this. It's a fact. But why does it affect how we feel?

It's been medically proven that when you eat chocolate, it increases the levels of serotonin in your brain. Chocolate contains theobromine and phenethylamine which both work to increase serotonin.

What is seratonin? It's a neurotransmitter that works on the feelings of well being and happiness. Many anti-depressants work by increasing serotonin levels and chocolate does the same.

So What's With The Chocolate Cravings?

Serotonin levels tend to drop in women during the seven to ten days before their menstrual period. This is just one of the reasons why we crave chocolate - especially at that time. Our body is telling us to find a way of upping those pesky serotonin levels.

If you find that your choccy cravings are particularly strong prior to your period, it could be that you have a low level of dopamine. This can make it difficult to concentrate, give you a short attention span and make you unreasonably grumpy. Does this sound familiar? If you feel like this, it can make you feel very stressed. Increasing your serotonin levels can help to reduce stress. So now you have a double excuse to indulge. Blame it on the serontonin and dopamine.

Nom Nom Nom...........

You Need Another Excuse?

Chocolate contains caffeine, fat and sugar but it also has important trace minerals, like magnesium. During a woman's period, she can be low in magnesium which is yet another reason why you may really crave that chocolate bar.

Even when you're not PMS'ing, chocolate is often used as a comfort food for the very same reasons. If you are suffering emotional anguish, low self esteem or just feel blue - your serotonin levels need a boost. This is why many women (especially 'emotional' eaters) turn to chocolate during times of upset or stress.

What Else Dopamine Can Do For You...

Ooooh - Ooooooh - Aaaaaaaah - I'll Have What She's Having!

A study showed a third of women dream about chocolate during the day whereas only 11% of men do.

Some researchers think that this is because chocolate releases dopamine (a substance which peaks during orgasm) in the female brain.

It has also been discovered that Chocolate affects the brains of men and women in different ways. MRI scans were taken of the brains of both men and women and the results showed that chocolate affected activity in the amygdala of women much more than men.

The Amygdala is a part of the brain that can affect emotions and sexual desire.

I rest my case m'lud. Pass the chocolate...

Wow - we really do love chocolate!

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine,

the same chemical that is released in the brain when we fall in love.

Chocolate in the bedroom...Ooooer!

Chocolate has always been considered to be an aphrodisiac. Chocolate definitely makes us feel great and that can only help us to have a good sex life.

Chocolate can also be used in the bedroom. Many couples use chocolate body paints to bring some extra fun into the bedroom. Sex and chocolate - what a dynamic combination!

If you fancy giving it a go, you don't even have to look far. We've done all the hard work for you. Just look below!

Give it a go... - we won't tell a soul! It'll be our secret...

Flavonoids And Why They're Good For You

Q : What is a flavonoid?

A : It's a plant-based compound with powerful antioxidant properties

Dark chocolate (over 70 per cent cocoa solids) contains a high amount of flavoniods...so it's practically a health food!

Don't You Just Want To Dive In?

What Do Flavonoids Do And Why Should I Care?

Flavoniods can help to prevent cholesterol from collecting in blood vessels. This, in turn, can reduce the risk of blood clots, which in turn, reduces the chance of a stroke or heart attack.

Cocoa is rich in a flavonoid called polyphenol antioxidant. Scientists have found that the amount of antioxidants in cocoa is

almost twice that of red wine

two to three times that of green tea or

and four times that of black tea

Just look what Google brought up!

While researching this Hub, I came across a very interesting thing. Just look at this Google Search that I did...

Interesting Combination, Eh?

Chocolate, shoes, Ryan Gosling and Gay Men...hmmm.

Well, I'd like you to really enjoy this lens so here they all are.

The first two are combined. Chocolate + shoes = chocolate shoes.

You Don't Need To Search - Ryan's Right Here!

...And, As Requested By A Top Google Search - Gay Men. My Personal Favourites : Jim Parsons...

And The Divine Neil Patrick Harris

Do You Love Chocolate?

Is chocolate as necessary as breathing to you?

Yes - I'm addicted

Yes - I'm addicted

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      heck yeah

    • Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

      @LauraHofman: Sorry! But remember...it's not our fault!!!

    • Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Boy do I have a craving now! ; )

    • Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

      @IMKZRNU2: Me too - at least you know why now...like I say in the article, it's not our fault! Just enjoy it and ditch the guilt :)

    • IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I definitely do crave it at certain times.

    • Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm enjoying my breakfast chocolates right now!

    • Enda McLarnon 4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      For sure what would life be without chocolate

    • jennysue19 4 years ago

      Compared with coffee, chocolate contains only tiny amounts of caffeine and some scientific studies report none at all. Theobromine has a very similar chemical effect but it does not last so long which might explain why we always want more. Nice lens - you might like my one on Best Chocolate Recipes! BTW would love to visit where you live.

    No - I can take it or leave it

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      • Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

        @LisaMarieGabriel: Awww - that must be hard for you. I'm on a weight reduction diet at the moment so it's a no no for me too. I find if I don't have any I'm fine, but give me a square and it leads to a BIG binge. Not so good...

      • Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

        I love it, but the sugar content is a no no for medical reasons. The occasional square or two has to suffice - so I don't dare have any in the house :( Guard your chocolate if I visit! :D

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Bitter the better... but bars should be under the bars too! Cheers! :)

      Comments - Do you love chocolate? Tell me your favourite, I'd love to know!

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @anonymous: Hi simplyberry - I don't know See's...I'm in the UK. My favourite is anything dark...mmm

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I need some dopamine right now...my favorite is See's chocolate. .

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @Klaartje Loose: Hi klaartje-loose - wonderful! Your comment really made me laugh - we'll have to come up with another excuse for you :)

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          Klaartje Loose 4 years ago

          Love chocolate!

          Sadly for me, I enjoy milk chocolate the most, so can't fool myself with healthy excuses ;-)

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @Rangoon House: Hi TheLifestyleChanger - I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. They are amazing aren't they?

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @ConvenientCalendar: Thank you! Me too - I can take or leave the milk (actually, who am I kidding...I can't take or leave any chocolate!) but given the choice it's dark for me every time. Luckily, I'm the only one in the family who likes dark...hehehehehe :)

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @LauraHofman: Ooooh, they sound yummy! I've never tried Frango mints, being from the UK but they sound good :)

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          Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

          I agree with you...chocolate is definitely one of the main food groups! HaHa My go to now is dark chocolate squares. Also love mint and chocolate like York Peppermint Patties or better yet Frango mints (I'm from Chicago - made famous at the beloved Marshall Fields department store)

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          ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

          Very informative! Great lens! I definitely like dark chocolate the best!

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          AJ 4 years ago from Australia

          Love all the beautiful reasons and will take all the shoes please.

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @adragast24: Hi adragast - my golden rule is to never trust anyone who doesn't like chocolate. It's not natural! Luckily my husband loves it too so that's ok! The choccy shoes are amazing, aren't they? It would seem a shame to eat them...but I would! :)

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @IMKZRNU2: Hi IMKZRNU - I hear you - there's no bad chocolate!!! Thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated! :)

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          adragast24 4 years ago

          Men love chocolate too! Also, I am a guy but must admit that those chocolate shoes look really nice...

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @francescajohnston: I'm with you on that francesca - I've gone as high as 90 per cent but that is a little too bitter - even for me!

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          francescajohnston 4 years ago

          Great Lens! Chocolate and sunshine are great therapy for depression. =) The more chocolate the better, so dark chocolate is the best.

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          IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

          I love the dark chocolate...but would never turn down milk chocolate.

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @SusanDeppner: Chocolate chips with breakfast cereal - pure genius. Why didn't I think of that? Definitely going to try it. Chocolate is, after all, one of the main food groups :)

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          Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

          @anonymous: You're very welcome karmicchristian :)

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          Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Dark, dark chocolate chips! I mix a few in with my breakfast cereal every day. Chocolate is my friend. :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          This was a nice eye-opener for me. Thanks! :)