Craving Chocolate?

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

My dad’s side of the family all has one thing in common: A love for chocolate. Every birthday party, family gathering, or candy bowl always has something chocolatey and sweet. Whether it be a chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate candies, or chocolate pudding, chocolate desserts always abound!

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Do you crave chocolate? There is a medical reason why. (photo credit:

And, it is Valentine’s Day so even those that don’t crave it can celebrate chocolate today!

But it’s not just my family that loves chocolate. I’m sure we all know someone who loves chocolate, and maybe it’s even ourselves! Did you know that there are actually health-related reasons for our chocolate cravings? Read on to find out more!

There are many reasons that we often find ourselves with a craving that can only be satisfied with chocolate. This is because chocolate provides certain nutrients that help to alleviate some of these causes for those cravings.

  1. Craving sugar
  2. Magnesium deficiency
  3. Hormonal changes
  4. Low blood sugar
  5. A chocolate-eating habit
  6. A drop in mood

When it comes to choosing chocolate to use in a recipe or nibble on, there are a few things to keep in mind. According to registered dietician Tracee Yablon Brenner, raw cacao or dark chocolate are the best options. This is because they contain the highest concentration of polyphenols and antioxidants, both of which provide many health benefits. It is recommended that you choose chocolate that is at least 70% cacao!

So, now you know. Your chocolate cravings actually happen for a reason, and if you choose your chocolate right, it can actually satisfy that craving while providing you with some health benefits too!

For more health-related articles, check out the Fill Your Plate blog!

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