Secrets of Serious Food Cravings: How much do you know?
Have you ever had the thought that you had to have a warm, gooey chocolate chip cook right at this moment, or a bag of crispy, perfectly salted fries -- the ones just like your favorite burger joint had when you were kid? If you've experienced something similar to this and found yourself throwing away the rest of your food craving in the garbage and burying it under coffee grounds to keep yourself from retrieving it, then you, my friend, have been under the spell of a food jonesing. Find out why, who gets them and what we consume the most of.
Men and women have the same frequency of food cravings.
Food cravings vary from from one culture to another.
Dopamine, the feel-good hormone, is released when a person engages in the following activites:
Compulsively gambling, using drugs
All of the above
Food cravings are just the body's way of trying to get nutrients that it could be lacking
We acquire our food cravings:
In the womb
By age 3
By age 18
A 2007 study by Hertfordshire University found that women who tried to quit thinking about eating chocolate ended up eating how much more chocolate than those who expressed their desire for the candy?
Studies show that pica -- the condition of eating nonfood items -- is a phenomenon found in some pregnant women's diets. They may crave items such as:
Pregnant women are more likely to have odd food cravings because:
Their senses are sharpened and they can better taste food
Their homones are fluctuating and they crave a larger variety of foods
Their serotonin levels are dropping and incite food cravings
Cravings spurred by anxiety are usually for foods that contain:
Why do we usually crave foods high in fat and sugar?
They result in the release of feel-good dopmaine
They send a stronger signal to the reward center of the brain