No, you’re not imagining it. You really do have chocolate cravings when it’s that time of the month.
Researchers from the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology studied the eating habits, weight, and hormone levels of 30 female participants ages 18 to 45. During the follicular phase—the period between the end of your cycle and beginning of ovulation—the women consumed around 1,688 calories. During the periovulatory phase (when ovulation starts), however, their daily calorie intake rose to 2,175 calories. In the luteal phase, which is the period right after ovulation, the women’s daily calorie intake was 2,164. (Guess what they ate most? Carbs!)
The researchers attributed these changes to “an increase in estrogen and progesterone during the luteal phase, which can lead to decreases in the hormone serotonin—the same feel-good chemical that's released when you eat chocolate.”
The authors also urge that “changes in dietary habits during the menstrual cycle should be taken into consideration in the interpretation of dietary evaluation in women.” THAT’S RIGHT.
Women – 1, Society – 0. Don’t let anybody make you feel bad for that Kit Kat.
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