Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle

Debra Zellner, Ana Garriga-Trillo, Soraya Centeno, Elizabeth Wadsworth

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Abstract

Spanish and American female chocolate cravers reported the usual times when they craved chocolate by answering an open-ended question. They also were asked directly if they craved chocolate perimenstrually. American women (40% open-ended, 60% direct) were more likely than were Spanish women (4% open-ended, 24% direct) to report that their chocolate cravings occurred perimenstrually when responding to both questions. The most frequently reported times (other than perimenstrually) that chocolate was craved were the same for Spanish men and women (after eating, studying) and for American men and women (evening), differing cross-culturally but not across gender. The results suggest a cultural origin rather than a physiological basis for chocolate craving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-121
Number of pages3
JournalAppetite
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004

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Keywords

  • Chocolate
  • Craving
  • Perimenstrual

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Zellner, D., Garriga-Trillo, A., Centeno, S., & Wadsworth, E. (2004). Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle. Appetite, 42(1), 119-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2003.11.004
Zellner, Debra ; Garriga-Trillo, Ana ; Centeno, Soraya ; Wadsworth, Elizabeth. / Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle. In: Appetite. 2004 ; Vol. 42, No. 1. pp. 119-121.
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Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle. / Zellner, Debra; Garriga-Trillo, Ana; Centeno, Soraya; Wadsworth, Elizabeth.

In: Appetite, Vol. 42, No. 1, 01.01.2004, p. 119-121.

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Zellner D, Garriga-Trillo A, Centeno S, Wadsworth E. Chocolate craving and the menstrual cycle. Appetite. 2004 Jan 1;42(1):119-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2003.11.004