Can I become addicted to chocolate?

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Only in jest. Although chocolate contains stimulating compounds like caffeine, as well as others that induce pleasure, the amount of these is too small to induce a drug-like jolt. Any hormones the body releases artificially as the result of the compounds in chocolate or any other drug cause the body to stop releasing those hormones for a while to return to equilibrium. As a result, the more chocolate you eat - or caffeine you drink - the more desensitized you become to its effects.

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