Can You Really Become a Chocoholic?

I know a lot of people that claim to be addicted to chocolate, but is "chocoholism" a real thing? Well chocolate, which contains both sugar and fat (both things our bodies have evolved to crave), is often used in studies of food addiction. In a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers at Yale University asked volunteers to fill out questionnaires to assess their addictive behaviors. The volunteers had their brains imaged while being able to see and smell (but not taste) a chocolate milkshake, and then again while they were allowed to drink it. Participants who scored higher on the food addiction scale (the "chocoholics") experienced a surge of activity in the part of the brain that regulates cravings and rewards when presented with the chocolate milkshake, even before they actually drank it; their brain anticipated the "good" that was about to happen. Once they started drinking the milkshake, they showed markedly less activity in areas of the brain that control our impulses to seek rewards; their brain wanted them to keep chasing the "good." A similar pattern of brain activity has been found in people addicted to drugs. More...

Why You Love Salty Snacks So Much

The average person eats the equivalent of 96 one-ounce bags (that's 6 pounds!) of potato chips each year. That comes to 2-4 billion pounds of potato chips are per year in the US, and about 12 million pounds of potato chips are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday alone! Other salty snacks like pretzels and popcorn are wildly popular, so what is it about salt that gets us salivating? If you're like me, one chip is too many and the whole bag is never enough, so here are three reasons why you love salty snacks so much. More...

5 Things You Need to Know About Your Favorite Snack Foods

You've probably never given too much thought to how that candy ended up at the checkout counter, but your favorite snack foods all have a story behind them and some really interesting histories any snack fan should know about!
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Christmas Traditions Around the World

Every family has their own Christmas traditions. For instance, in my parent's house we all open one present on Christmas Eve, than save the rest for Christmas morning. At my friends house, it's all about the stockings. Does your family serve a certain dish for Christmas dinner? Do you pick up your tree the day after Thanksgiving? Does everyone head to Grandma's for a Christmas brunch? Well your family Christmas traditions are nothing like these!
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