"The brain fails to respond when carbohydrates are eaten and the desire for
them persists longer than it should."
"Carbohydrate cravers overeat only carbohydrates and do so only at characteristic times of the day. At mealtime they behave like normal eaters, ...towards the late afternoon and early evening they begin to snack often consuming an additional 800 or more calories per day."
"Carbohydrate craving appears to be caused by a malfunction of a serotoninergic feedback mechanism in the brain."
"Patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) selectively eat more
carbohydrates, particularly sweets but also starch-rich foods, during their depression in
"The highest CHO (carbohydrate) intake occurs in the afternoon and evening. Successful light therapy selectively suppresses CHO (carbohydrate) intake."
"CHO craving is one of the core symptoms associated with SAD, and this is reflected in the specific increase in CHO-rich foods intake during the depressive stage. The SPAQ+ (Seasonality Pattern Assessment Questionnaire +) showed that the amplitude of this seasonal food choice in SAD patients is particularly large for chocolate, cakes, and pastries"