Everyone has a craving for chocolates, ever since from a young age we all have developed love for chocolates. Few people have a tendency for binge eating on chocolates when they are under stress while some have made it their habit. Most of us are not even aware that eating chocolates can lead to chocolate addiction and like any addiction it has its downsides too. So, when do we classify chocolate eating as an addiction? The main symptoms are when you have an intense craving for it, have no control over the object of craving and continue eating it despite having knowledge of its bad consequences. Most of you must have had a craving to have a chocolate in the middle of night but have you ever heard of anyone have a craving for vegetables at that time of night, no right. All of a sudden when you stop eating chocolate and start experiencing anxiety or stress then consider yourself as an addict as these are withdrawal symptoms. Eating chocolate in moderation is good for health but when we become overly dependent on it and make it a regular habit that is when you become an addict. Causes:One of the most common cause of such type of addiction is non-resistance to sugar intake, we cannot seem to resist it and succumb to our desire to have it. When someone offers a chocolate no one can resist it, our first instinct is to grab it but if you have the will power to say no then you are not addict, when you are unable to say no to it that’s when you have become addicted to it. Even when a person is under stress most of them increase their intake of sugar because they find solace in eating more and more of chocolates. Another cause is hormones, any change in hormone levels in women can cause an intense craving of chocolates. Eating chocolate activates the neuro transmitters that sends the message of pleasure to the brain. The brain considers it like a reward and keeps wanting more.Symptoms:Following are some of the common symptoms of chocolate addiction:Even after having a full healthy meal and on a full stomach you still have an intense craving for chocolate.When one bar of chocolates turns into 20 bars and still you have a craving for more chocolates and keep eating until you don’t have the urge anymore to eat.When we continuously make excuses to have chocolate.Even despite of physical problems you cannot seem to convince yourself that it’s better to stop.When you prefer eating it alone rather sharing with others.Treatment:Increase intake of magnesium: It was found in a study that one of the reason is deficiency in magnesium, so by adding more magnesium to our diet we could curb our cravings.Dark chocolate: Try having dark chocolate as it is hard to binge on it. You could try organic dark chocolate as it caters to most of our body needs and will not be able to eat more that 4-5 small squares.Identify your emotions that lead to addiction: People find comfort in eating mouthful of chocolates and it is important for us to identify what emotions lead to it. Drink water and eat enough: One cause for eating chocolates is that you have not eaten enough. So, drink water in between meals and eat food that are rich in fibre and also chew your food slowly so as to convey to the brain that you are full.Prevention:As they say prevention is better than cure, it’s always better to have control at yourselves in early stages and save the trouble of becoming an addict. To stop yourself from becoming an addict you can plan it out at what time and day in the week or month you can treat yourself so that it sets in with your routine and the craving will subside with time. You can look at images of what too much chocolate can do to your body, most of the time this works and you start developing distaste for chocolate.Withdrawal Symptoms:Similar to other addictions you could experience withdrawal symptoms too and the most common are the headaches just like the type you get when you give up caffeine, make sure to drink plenty of water. You may even experience stress and a drop in the blood sugar level which could result in ‘the shakes’. You could try to have some herbal tea to see if it calms your nerves. Some have even complained of having aches and flu like symptoms, to overcome this have a warm bath with Epsom salts which helps in flushing out toxins from the body.