What Causes Chocolate Cravings?
Chocolate cravings can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose chocolate cravings, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "chocolate cravings" as a symptom. Here are three possibilities:
- Magnesium Need
- Gilbert's Syndrome
- Caffeine Intoxication
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
history of birth control pill use
moderate caffeine supplementation
frequent racing thoughts
negative reaction to coffee
slight afternoon/evening fatigue
fatigue after slight exertion
being easily excitable
current birth control pill use
being very easily irritated
... and more than 20 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of chocolate cravings:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Food Preferences
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about craving chocolate:
Do you crave chocolate?
→ Don't know
→ Yes, moderately
→ Yes, very much
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no craving for chocolate, moderate chocolate craving or strong chocolate craving, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as: