Chocolate Cravings

If that craving for chocolate sometimes feels like it is coming from deep in your gut, that’s because it may be. A small study points to a biological basis for chocolate craving that has major implications for your health and weight and is linked to the type of bacteria living in people’s digestive system.

Everyone has a vast community of microbes in their gut, but people who crave daily chocolate show signs of having different colonies than people who are immune to chocolate’s allure.

That may be the case for other foods too. Many people crave sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine or alcohol, sometimes on a daily basis. Call it lack of willpower, bad habits or addiction, the fact remains that some people find the urge to consume these treats too difficult to resist.

A desire for the sweet taste is quite natural and finding pleasure and a sense of satisfaction should be enjoyed occasionally with foods that do not cause health problems, obesity or premature aging. However a constant craving for these foods may point to intestinal flora imbalances.

Candida is often a factor, causing disturbances in the digestive tract, resulting in cravings, fatigue, low energy, a compromised immune system, indigestion, acid reflux, gas or bloating, and more. Dietary changes, probiotics and cleansing can be helpful in restoring a healthy balance.     Read more …