Mums-to-be may not be able to blame their hankering for Dairy Milk on their pregnancy hormones as a new study finds the two AREN'T related
It’s been revealed that hormones probably aren’t to blame for a pregnant woman’s urge to eat chocolate. Instead, pregnancy makes us indulge in the sweet treat because it’s the only time they don’t feel guilty as it’s the ‘socially acceptable time to indulge.’ Ever heard the expression ‘eating for two’?
Researchers have been looking into the connection between pregnancy hormones and cravings as studies haven’t yet been able to fully explain why one spurs on the other.
Hormones probably aren’t to blame for a pregnant woman’s urge to eat chocolate
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In a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, psychologist Natalia Orloff says that existing theories like mums-to-be wanting the caffeine in chocolate don’t ring true. She also rejects the idea that pregnant women eat chocolate because they’re craving certain nutrients, saying that if this were the case then they would be snacking on milk or lean meat.
Natalia and her fellow researchers worry that cravings during pregnancy may lead women to gain too much weight during their pregnancies – potentially resulting in health issues for both mum and baby.
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‘Conflicting attitudes toward foods like chocolate that are perceived to be simultaneously appealing and “forbidden” have recently been hypothesised to be associated with a greater likelihood of craving,’ says Natalia.
‘Evidence suggests that efforts to avoid foods that cause these conflicting feelings may have the paradoxical effect of increasing the likelihood of craving,’ she continues. ‘The result is a sort of “vicious cycle” of alternating restraint and overconsumption or binge eating.’
If you’re experiencing a constant surge of unhealthy pregnancy cravings, try swapping some of your more sugar-filled treats for some healthier options. If you really can’t resist chocolate, snack on a few cubes of dark chocolate or a chocolate-flavoured yoghurt to curb your cravings.
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