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 (35)

  • Monica

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

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  • Piet Van Vreden

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

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    • coco

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

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    • jh

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      Any processed food that is naturally gluten free (GF) may NOT be GF if it’s processed in a facility that is “contaminated” with gluten containing foods. Best to look for Certified GF products.

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  • Clean my turbun

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    i like chocolate

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  • anna

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    I LOVE CHOCOLATE

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  • Lisa

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    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!

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    • Abigail

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      So I have read your questions and I have reasons to support those in an essay I’m working on and yes chocolate is very good for your heart health and will help prevent future heart problems. And chocolate if eaten on a daily basis will eliminate cravings to sugary foods just don’t go overboard with it because chocolate still contains sugar and fat. I’m talking just a piece twenty to thirty minuets before you eat a meal, just about the top joint of your thumb, and let it sit there on your tongue and do the same after the meal and you should be fine.

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  • sharmeen

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    i love choclate. it has so many health banefits

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  • steve

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

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  • Cheez-it

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

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    • lucky lucky

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      I think they are referring to the psychological addiction in the diagram. I would assume the piece is saying that it is not physically addictive, which is true.

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  • Claire Thomas

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    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

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    • Abigail

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      Actually Claire don’t belive every thing you see in one article because it may not be true chocolate does NOT cause diseases it actually prevents them. Chocolate contains antioxidants called theromines which actually prevent diseases not cause them

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  • priyansh mishra

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

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    • Abigail

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      Now you would need to find more than just one place where it says that chocolate causes acne. And I don’t mean find two I mean like three to five sources that say chocolate causes acne. Because if it’s only in one place then its probably not true.

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  • james

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

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  • Silambarasan

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

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    • Abigail

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      Actually, Silambarasan, it’s has been proven that those who eat chocolate regularly are thinner and have a lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t so you can eat it more often than you are now it’ll help you.

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  • RosesNDragons

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    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.

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    • jorel

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      I just finished drinking the second big …big mug full of hot cocoa …. and I tell you …. it is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable things from the face of the earth … the ancient Mayans called this …. the drink of the gods …. I wonder why ? :)
      PEACE !!!

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    • J

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      Actually, chocolate does not cause acne stress, worry, and hormones cause acne. You’ve clearly been tolled by someone you know and believe them. This causes Worry that you’re going to break out and worry cause you oil and sweat glands to secrete more and that oil and sweat cause your acne. While you’re correct in saying chocolate isn’t a food. You’re wrong saying it’s a toxin. As for chocolate being addictive you’re wrong there too. Chocolate like coffee may feel pretty addictive however it’s more of a dedicated habit. It doesn’t meet the scientific definition of what a addictive substance is. First, it doesn’t ” pose a threat to society” second, while it activates the brain reward circuitry It doesn’t do it well enough to lead to actual physical addiction.

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  • Arj.Aahut

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

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    • Abigail

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      Yes this is in fact true I have read this in many places and some of them have proved it.

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  • dekellie

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    coco milk is bad

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  • Dylan

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    I can not eat chocolate as it causes me to have serious asthma attacks so in stead I have gummi bears :)

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  • Courtney Bertwell

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    I thank that chocolate is addictive. that is just my own opinion I LOVE chocolate the longest i have gone with out chocolate is 2 months and i am going crazy right now

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  • Courtney Bertwell

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    Some people say that dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate but I cant stand the tast of dark chocolate it makes me sick how can I prevent this?

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  • Pete

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    The Cacao bean is good for you. Chocolate how ever is not your humble little cacao bean. It is a coco bean and the difference is nutritional value and a few other differences like GMO.

    There is another little issue with Chocolate, Sugar and yes that will end you. If it does not end you it will maime you, contribute to yours or a loved ones early demise.

    Cadbury has no problem implementing GMO ingredients, this they are so cheap.

    If your gonna hit on me and spill to me all the organic Cacao with maple syrup and the plethora of other beneficial ingredients you eat, good for you don’t tell me about it. There is still 99% of the worlds population who does not indulge on that due to money.

    They don’t understand we are talking about life and death here, when it comes to fresh organic produce all they see is money. They don’t see the death. Just money they can lose.

    So when you nibble a chocolate or two or three. Think about it first.

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  • Barbara Barbie

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    I recently asked Ken to buy me something sweet for my 51st birthday and he got me chocolates, am I supposed to be offended or relieved? I want to stay with him though so give me an answer that won’t spoil my relationship.

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  • Kc

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    Life is uncertain……have the cholcolate. Just remember – all things in moderation. Sometimes even moderation! Mmmmm just had chocolate w. Some almonds. Delish.

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  • geeta

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    Chocolate is upgreat sex power……

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  • nadira

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    cool i know it already :-) ;-) . Dark chocolate it is better than milk chocolate

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  • lorraine

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    i eat chocolate all the time and was told its so bad for me i prefer chocolate to food any day as it keeps me going and gets me through the day!

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  • fizza

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    I love chocolates I can’t live without to eat chocolates

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