A Gut Feeling About Chocolate

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“Chocoholism” may be a figment of our imaginations, but a small study has shown that while there’s no actual chocolate addiction in your mind, there may be a very real desire for chocolate coming from your digestive system.

Scientists compared the blood and urine of 22 people, half of whom eat chocolate every day and half who are indifferent to it, evaluating the differences in the bacteria living in-to put it bluntly-their guts. They found a dramatic difference between the two groups, pointing to a strong possibility that the bacteria colonies play a big part in our cravings, or lack thereof.

This find could go well beyond defining why we do or don’t want chocolate. In metabolic research, it could end up helping control weight. The researchers behind this study believe the more we understand the relationship between our digestive bacteria and the food we choose, the more we can help control the cravings that contribute to weight gain and obesity.

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