Do I or Don’t I eat my Chocolate?

Interesting Facts

Did you know that chocolate has been used for over two and half thousand years? It was particularly popular with populations in Central America as a way of adding flavour to water.

Overall, it is although delish, has a few health benefits resulting from antioxidants. However, Chocolate is unhealthy because it is high in calories, fats and sugars. Consuming too much of chocolates has concerning health problems.

Heart Disease

It contains a lot of fats and sugars. Saturated fats raise blood cholesterol, that increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Weight Gain

Processed Sugar present in chocolates has less nutritional value compared to natural sugar. It results in higher calorie intake (1/3rd cup of milk chocolate contains 300 calories) resulting in weight gain.

Diabetes

One 100-gram Chocolate bar contains 26-grams of carbohydrates resulting from sugars. In-taking large amount of sugars regularly increases the risk of Diabetes. Moreover, carbohydrates cause a spike in blood sugar, that makes the body resistant to insulin resulting in Type 2 Diabetes.

Cavities

Eating excessive Chocolates results in re-allocating calcium and phosphorus required to di-mineralize teeth to rescue the bones due to fluctuating blood sugar levels. Lack of minerals to your teeth result in cavities.

Effects of Caffeine

Caffeine has no nutritional value. Chocolates contain caffeine that results in rapid heartbeat, depression, restlessness, sleeping problems, nausea and vomiting.

Recommended Intake

Chocolate can be eaten as a confectionary food on a periodic, but not on a regular basis. Hidoc recommends NOT more than 50 to 75 grams of chocolate should be consumed in a day.