Are Chocolates Really Harmful?


Are you someone who finds it hard to satisfy their sweet tooth? Or are you one of those people who can’t go a day without a chocolate cube? Well, if you are either of them, we believe that your parents gave you a lot of childhood lectures. As a child, everyone was told not to eat chocolates. And the reasons our guardians provided were plenty. Some blamed our cavities, and others ranted about calories. But, the real question remains unanswered.

Are chocolates harmful? Is there any difference between different types of chocolates? Can you stay healthy while consuming these bars? Do chocolates have any positive side? Don’t worry. We have an answer to all these questions. All you need to do is scroll down and get acquainted with the facts about chocolate.


What are the Negative Sides of Eating Chocolates?

Chocolates have always been a child’s favorite snack. But, no one eats chocolate without listening to plenty of lectures from parents. Your parents weren’t wrong to resist you from having those sweet bars. A single chocolate bar can harm your health more than any good. As we know, chocolates are made of sugar, chemicals, cocoa, and fats. And overconsumption of either can leave you confined to a hospital bed.

To be exact, the biggest effect of eating chocolates can be seen on our teeth. The sugars lead to corrosion of enamel and thus, cause cavities. Thank your parents for restricting chocolate consumption if you haven’t got any cavities. Apart from that, chocolates are also known to worsen acne. This isn’t the end of it. Overconsumption of chocolates can lead to insomnia, agitation, headaches, and trembling, as the ingredient in chocolate alerts the mind. Apart from this, chocolates are also blamed for causing acid reflux.

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Is There Any Positive Side to Having Chocolate?

It has been found that having a small bar of chocolate daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 11% and decreases the chances of stroke by 23%. Adding to this, it has also been found that dark chocolate can decrease stress and blood pressure to significant amounts. No dentist will tell you that a 100-gram chocolate bar fulfills all your cooper, magnesium, and to some extent, iron demands of the day. Along with this, its antioxidants help to fight off cancer-causing radicals. No, this doesn’t give you a free pass to gulp in another cube of that Lindt bar in your kitchen.


The Conclusion

Nothing gives more mixed signals than chocolates. Every educator has a different opinion on chocolates. Some prefer discarding it completely, whereas others advise sticking to a moderate limit. Chocolates can be compared it wine, they both have certain health benefits, but these can be achieved only when taken in moderation. We say that don’t quit on it. After all, it would help if you had it to improve function and reducing inflammation. Instead, stick to chocolate that has 70% or more cocoa with less sugar and fat; portion control is the key to a healthy life.

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Tarishi Aggarwal
Ph.D. in Dental Science, Tarishi is well known for his works in the health sector. Reach out at [email protected]