Why does chocolate make you thirsty?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “why does chocolate make you thirsty” with an in-depth analysis of why chocolates make you thirsty. Moreover, we are going to discuss how long it takes for chocolate to make you thirsty.

Chocolate is perhaps the most famous food on the planet, numerous dishes have chocolate added to them, especially confectionary items and desserts, including cakes, pudding, mousse, chocolate brownies, and chocolate chip treats. Moreover, the chocolate bars (dark chocolate, milk chocolate, etc.) are used as a snack. 

So if you have eaten your favorite bar of chocolate and now are thirsty all of a sudden and wondering if it was chocolate that made you thirsty, then you need not worry as we are going to answer all your queries. 

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

Why does chocolate make you thirsty?

Chocolate has added sugar to it. So when you eat a bar of chocolate, the sugar present in it goes to your stomach, and afterward, it goes to the bloodstream.

 Now, what happens is that this sugar raises the blood sugar level, thereby disturbing the electrolyte balance of the body. 

Now what the body does is that to correct this electrolyte imbalance, it releases water from the cells and this water goes to the blood to restore the electrolyte balance of the body. All of this happens because of the special phenomena known as osmosis.

So when the cells of the body lose their water content, they send a signal to the brain that the water level of the body is low, thus, the brain sends signals that make you feel like you are thirsty and gives you the urge to sip on something.

It is worth mentioning here that you should gulp down water instead of some sweet beverage like soda, lemonade, coffee, etc. as you have already consumed a high sugar food item (chocolate), so it is better to opt for a zero calories neutral drink (water) to quench your thirst.

You can read about more foods that can make you thirsty here.

What is osmosis?

Osmosis is the process in which the solvent moves from a point of lower solute concentration to a point of higher solute concentration. Thus in the case of chocolate, the concentration of solute (sugar) is more in the blood as compared to the cells, therefore water moves from the point of lower solute concentration (cell) to the point of higher solute concentration (blood).

The process of osmosis maintains the solute-solvent balance throughout the semi-permeable membranes and this process also plays an important role in the body of living organisms.

How much time does it take for the chocolate to make you thirsty?

As the glucose can be absorbed in the body at a pretty fast rate therefore it quickly reaches the stomach and afterward finds its way to your bloodstream. 

Thus, it takes about 5-10 minutes for the chocolate to make you thirsty.

Other potential reasons for chocolate to make you thirsty

Another thing that may be the potential reason for chocolate making you thirsty is that chocolate contains caffeine that is a mild diuretic. So when you eat a bar of chocolate, the caffeine present in it enters your digestive system, and owing to its diuretic properties, it triggers the body to flush extra water and salts from the body in the form of urine. So when the water content in the body gets low, the brain (medulla oblongata) will send signals that will make you feel like you are thirsty and should consume a liquid to quench your thirst.

Different types of chocolate differ in their caffeine content. Cocoa, the main ingredient present in the formulation of the chocolate, naturally contains caffeine.

1 ounce of dark chocolate contains about 12 mg of caffeine. The caffeine content of dark chocolate is the highest among all the chocolate variants. It is a rule that the darker the color of chocolate is, the more it will contain the cocoa solids and the more will be its caffeine content.

1 ounce of milk chocolate contains about 9 mg of caffeine. 

Milk chocolate additionally has mild and condensed milk added to it.

1 ounce of white chocolate contains zero caffeine as no cocoa is used in the formulation of the white chocolate, instead, cocoa butter is used as the main ingredient to make white chocolate. 

Caffeine is only present in the cocoa solids and not the cocoa butter.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “why does chocolate make you thirsty” with an in-depth analysis of why chocolates make you thirsty. Moreover, we discussed how long it takes for chocolate to make you thirsty.

Citations

https://www.health.com/condition/type-2-diabetes/why-sugar-makes-you-thirsty

https://www.healthline.com/health/does-chocolate-have-caffeine

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Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.

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