Is Chocolate Bad For Your Health?

The quick answer is “no.” But unfortunately for you chocoholics waiting in the wings, its just not as simple as that.  Like any food, if enjoyed in moderation,chocolate has several notable health benefits.  But there’s a dark side to chocolate that you ought to keep in mind as well.

Of course, there’s a dark side to everything if you shine a bight light at it, and the last thing I want to think while I’m tearing in to a nice big bar of Vosge’s is that I ought to cool my jets and savor a nibble here and a nibble there. The motto on my family crest is, after all, “Too Much is Never Enough”. But alas, the tale I’m about to tell you is a tale of nibbles.

Here Are Some of the Health Benefits of Chocolate:

  • Cacao, the source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. However, chocolate with a high sugar content will negate this benefit. Dark chocolate contains significantly higher amounts of cacao and lower amounts of sugar than white chocolate, making it more healthful.
  • The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation.
  • Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mild mood elevator.
  • The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which can raise good cholesterol.
  • Men who eat chocolate regularly live on average one year longer than those who don’t.
  • The flavanoids in chocolate help keep blood vessels elastic.
  • Chocolate increases antioxidant levels in the blood.
  • The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.

Now for the Health Risks Of Chocolate:

  • Chocolate may contribute to lower bone density.
  • Chocolate can trigger headaches in migraine sufferers.
  • Milk chocolate is high in calories, saturated fat and sugar.
  • Chocolate is a danger to pets (chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine, which animals are unable to digest).

Additionally, there are dozens of rumors and myths regarding the benefits as well as the risks of chocolate.  Here are a few things chocolate Will Not do:

Chocolate Won’t:

  • Cause acne.
  • Make you nervous or irritable: cacao contains the stimulants caffeine and bromine, but not in significant amounts in chocolate bars and nibs.
  • Turn you into an addict: chocolate is not addictive.
  • Raise your cholesterol: chocolate contains stearic acid, a neutral fat which doesn’t raise bad cholesterol.

Comments (16)

  • Monica
    May 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm |

    All and all chocolate is as good and as bad for you like anything else that tastes good.

  • Piet Van Vreden
    May 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm |

    Can you advice me if cocao is glutin free or not Thanks

    • coco
      June 11, 2013 at 11:51 am |

      Cacao is indeed gluten free Piet. As is cocoa, as is chocolate. So go ahead and enjoy! :)

  • Clean my turbun
    June 26, 2013 at 5:10 am |

    i like chocolate

  • anna
    October 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm |

    I LOVE CHOCOLATE

  • Lisa
    October 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm |

    Hello, I hope you dont mind but I have two questions that have been on my mind for a long time now. If someone with heart problems ate chocolate regularly is it good or bad for them?
    And I confess I am a chocoholic, I cant help but eat chocolate every other day sometimes I will have it every day, is this bad or good for me? Please let me know, so I can take appropriate action if needed. Thank you!

  • sharmeen
    October 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm |

    i love choclate. it has so many healty banefits

  • steve
    October 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm |

    I’m very happy to see this piece. Nothing better than a few slabs of chocolate with your coffee.

  • Cheez-it
    October 19, 2013 at 4:36 am |

    there is lead in chocolate? and if chocolate isn’t addicting then why does it say on the diagram that it is?

  • October 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm |

    I don’t like chocolates now what I have seen what can causes not very nice side effects from chocolates can cause a lot of damages inside I don’t become that person to be ill

  • priyansh mishra
    October 31, 2013 at 6:58 am |

    I had read an article in which it was written clearly that chocolate causes acne.
    WEBSITE NAME IS :-www.webmd.com

  • November 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm |

    I LOVE terry’s chocolate orange, one a day keeps the doctor away ;)

  • Silambarasan
    November 30, 2013 at 5:13 am |

    i loved chocolate when i was child. still i hate it because of the fat and sugar content.DON’T EAT OFTEN.

  • RosesNDragons
    December 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm |

    Interesting article.
    I used to eat chocolate in my childhood.
    I WILL NEVER EVER EAT CHOCOLATE AGAIN.
    Mainly not because after reading this article or other media that says it’s bad, but because it triggers my acne. I say this as experience and as acne sufferer.
    I’ve had acne ever since and not only is it bad for acne it makes it worse.
    Aside from the sugar-packed chocolate candies like Hershey’s and Kit Kat, I’ve tried going the authentic, natural way: COCOA.
    NOPE acne still pops up. Even in the smallest appropriate portions!
    And then i think to myself.. is there something wrong with me? It’s just me it’s got to be.
    Avoiding chocolate is just one of the best decisions for not forming acne.

    CHOCOLATE IS NOT A FOOD. ITS A TOXIN. AND AN ADDICTION (to almost everyone that eats). Just like coffee- not so good.

  • Arj.Aahut
    December 30, 2013 at 4:54 am |

    Somebody had told me that eating chocolates increase sexual desire in girls. Bcoz it contains methyl phenyl amine. Is it true or not.

  • dekellie
    January 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm |

    coco milk is bad

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