Have you ever wondered why period pain always trigger the desire to binge on sweets especially chocolates in the hope that sugar will alleviate the pain?
Take a deep breath, because I’m about to tell you that chocolate is the culprit of causing period pain.
My heart sank when I was told this because I have a stash of it in my freezer to overindulge myself especially during the time of the month. – guilty as charged!
Of all the things, why chocolate? Craving for sweets during menstruation is often due to high levels of hormones which triggered insulin to increase.
As usual, when your blood sugar is low, the brain sends signals to the body asking it to pump in more fuel and Voila! – you feed your tummy with whatever chocolate you can grab!
The truth is, your body is not craving for chocolate, it is hungry for the combination of calcium, sugar, and carbs.
According to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drugs and Biologics, though chocolate stores every food that our brain needs, it contains a large number of Theobromine – a condition where it can accentuate period pain and discomfort.
Plus, Theobromine will also make you feel extra emotional too.
Alternatively, you can take calcium pills instead of mining it from inside the chocolate. Research shows that women who took calcium as part of their everyday supplement will hardly experience period pain.
Keep in mind that this supplement tastes nothing like a delicious chocolate babka (feel free to keep the recipe for yourself on your period-free nights).
If you feel like you still want to have a bite of chocolate, go ahead and have it all you want. After all, period pain is inevitable, unnecessary suffering is.