Why Women Crave Chocolate at “that time of the month”

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© Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationLadies, have you ever wondered why you crave chocolate “that time of the month”, more than at any other time? Men, have you wondered why you were asked to go to the supermarket at 10 o’clock at night, to go and get chocolate for your wife at “that time of the month”?

Well, there is actually a logical explanation for these strong cravings that seem to rear their head every month.

1. Sugar Levels

Your blood sugar is raised by the sugar and caffeine that is in chocolate. During “that time of the month”, many women experience a fluctuation in hormones and can feel moody and irritable and chocolate can be just what they need to make them feel better. Dark chocolate is even better because it is is low on the glycemic index, which stabilizes blood sugar levels safely.

2. The menstrual cycle

During a woman’s menstrual cycle, yes her hormones fluctuate but may experts believe that it is a cultural suggestion that makes women crave chocolate. Studies have revealed that American women are more likely to crave chocolate than women of other nationalities which further suggests that the belief that eating chocolate makes one feel better during “that time of the month” may be cultural. Chocolate does, however, contain trace minerals, like magnesium, which may be deficient in women at some points during their cycle, so it is not entirely a cultural thing.

3. Chocolate tastes good
Chocolate tastes good! Its taste and texture is delicious and unlike that of any other food. While chocolate lovers would agree more than the average person, it is still an indisputable fact that chocolate is delicious. For some women, their cycle brings many discomforts, ranging from bloating, excruciating cramps and raging mood swings. Can we really blame a woman for indulging in one pleasure that takes her mind off of all that unpleasantness? In moderation, surely a little chocolate pleasure is not the worst thing that a woman can do to her body.

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