Addiction to Chocolate: “Breaking the Food Seduction”

Dr. Andrew Weil, today a well-known author and proponent of integrative medicine, first caught my attention with material about addiction to chocolate in his book, co-authored with Winifred Rosen, From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs (1983; updated in 2004).

It was mostly the From Chocolate… part. It spoke to me. Because it was news to me back then that I too had a “drug of choice”—possibly an addiction to chocolate.

Another book, also well reviewed, that addresses chocolate’s strong appeal is Dr. Neal D. Barnard‘s Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings—And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally (2004). Barnard is a nutritional researcher as well as president and founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The Review succinctly capsulizes Barnard’s take on chocolate: “Why is it so hard to resist the temptation of chocolate? Because chocolate triggers the release of natural opiates in the brain. It’s a drug ‘strong enough to keep us coming back for more.’

If you’re wondering if chocolate is a significant issue for you, the simplest answer—as with many other types of addictions—is that if you think you have a problem, there’s a good chance that you do.

In books like Barnard’s you can find out ways to reduce addiction to chocolate. But in the meantime, you can actually try to start fixing it right now. Step One: Put down that chocolate bunny. Two: Give it away or throw it away. Three: Find something that’s healthier for you. You know, like maybe a tofu bunny? (Otherwise known as a tofunny?)

If that doesn’t work, watch the video below. It may not be helpful—it may not even be very relevant—but it’s interesting that anyone even thought of this, don’t you think?

One thought on “Addiction to Chocolate: “Breaking the Food Seduction”

  1. Hi Ros Johnson,
    Thanks for the info, It is an indisputable fact that chocolate is one of the most frequently desired foods in the world. The overwhelming number of self proclaimed chocoholics is astonishing. This makes me wonder about the addictive qualities of chocolate. At times I think it is like a drug. It certainly has impressive impact on our taste buds. It causes the same addictive reaction we experience with drugs. Chocolate has many complex ingredients.

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