Getting cravings at the most unusual time is not uncommon. Your hunger might be in agony, calling for more food despite having lunch a few hours back. This problem essentially disturbs a lot of people. Primarily because cravings lead to excessive eating. Which in turn increases the chance of obesity.
There is no one group who will experience the phenomena more than the other. You may think young people will tend to be more hungry than older people hence will have higher cravings. That is true to some level!
Studies have reported that the situation can result in practically anyone regardless of age and gender.
All that discussion on one side, scientists have put great thought into finding more about the “cravings” problem. In particular, they wanted to look at the reasons it would occur in the first place. Is it something to be with the genes or does the environment have a role to play in that regard as well?
Thankfully, due to the efforts of a group of American scientists we may be able to explain the phenomena to some extent.
Brain and Not the Body Initiate Cravings!
This might essentially surprise you. You will be inclined to think that cravings begin in the body, perhaps in the stomach that triggers some sort of action. For a very long time, scientists thought that a call for more eating came about when the body lacked a certain nutrient in the body.
Simply put, if your body craved chocolate that was because it was low in sugar content. If you ever felt like eating an apple, your body wanted to have in more iron content. Either way, cravings occurred due to some signalling that happened, indicating the deficiency of a particular nutrient.
Now, according to a recent study, they tend to begin in the brain and not in any other part of the body. Due to the secretion of certain chemicals, which you will discover in a minute, a person is inclined to eat more.
In fact, medical experts believe that some foods have the same effect on your brain as drugs do. That is the reason you are likely to crave some items more than the other.
The “Feel Good” Chemical
You have probably heard about the “Feel Good Chemical” before. When scientists talk about it, the reference is made towards the secretion of dopamine in the brain. As the name possibly suggests, it makes the person feel relaxed or happy about themselves. In a larger scheme of things, a release of dopamine may induce the body to do that particular action again that has caused the person to feel this certain way.
Experts have now related cravings with the secretion of dopamine in the brain. According to the reports that have been published, some food have a higher tendency to trigger the production than others. Mainly, the sugary food items like chocolate, sweets are responsible for causing such phenomena to occur. That is the reason why you are likely to crave them more than any other thing.
As a result, when you eat sugary items, your body transmits signals to the brain in order to secrete dopamine. This makes the person feel “good” who is in the future inclined to have more cravings of the particular item.