Chocolate is one of the food products known for its delicious taste, distinctive flavor, high nutritional value, and ease of digestion. Cocoa beans after roasting; To rid it of moisture, sugar is added to it, and some foodstuffs and flavorings, such as almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts, and there are several types of chocolate, such as milk chocolate, sweet chocolate, semi-sweetened, and bitter chocolate, and it is mentioned that the first people planted the cocoa tree, the Mayans, They are one of the peoples of the American Indians in Central America, and from them came the words cocoa, and chocolate.
Negative Effects of Chocolate :
- Some research indicates that chocolate may reduce bone density and strength, which increases the risk of osteoporosis. Some people suffer from constipation after eating chocolate, and although there are no studies confirming this, it is known that chocolate contains caffeine, which It can reduce the amount of water in the intestine, causing constipation
- Chocolate contains caffeine, which may be addictive, so suddenly stopping caffeine may lead to some symptoms, such as headache, irritability, nervousness, anxiety, and dizziness.
- Chocolate may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with certain drugs such as aspirin, and anticoagulants, such as warfarin Eating chocolate may cause acne and increase the symptoms of allergic skin.
- Eating chocolate may cause acne and increase the symptoms of allergic skin.
- Causes bloating and cramps in infants.
- It increases the problems related to sleep disorders.
- May cause migraines.
- Eating large quantities of chocolate during pregnancy and breastfeeding may lead to an increased risk of premature labor, low birth weight, and miscarriage, and chocolate contains compounds that can cause birth defects for the fetus.
- Chocolate contains a high percentage of oxalate, which increases the amount of uric acid in the urine; This increases the possibility of kidney stones.
- Chocolate contains a large amount of sugar, which increases the calories in it.
- Tooth Decay
Chocolate allergy :
Some people suffer from an allergy to chocolate, or one of its ingredients, such as cocoa, milk, or nuts. So when eating chocolate, the immune system responds by secreting chemicals such as histamine into the bloodstream, and these substances affect some parts of the body such as eyes, lungs, throat, digestive system, nose, and skin, and the doctor may advise to refrain from eating chocolate or to reduce it. Depending on the severity of the case, and in the case of severe allergies, doctors advise the patient to carry the automatic injector that provides a dose of the hormone adrenaline to stop the allergic reaction, and among the symptoms of chocolate allergy are the following:
- Shortness of breath, wheezing.
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat.
- Diarrhea and vomiting.
- Stomach cramps.
- Flatulence and pain in the abdomen.
The benefits of chocolate :
- Eating a little dark chocolate daily can reduce the risk of death from heart attacks by 50%, thanks to the flavonols that inhibit platelet aggregation in the blood.
- It lowers blood pressure and reduces insulin resistance, which reduces the risk of diabetes.
- It increases the ability of blood vessels to relax (diastole) and improves arterial blood flow.
- A study has suggested that chocolate may enhance the action of neurotransmitters like serotonin, which helps regulate mood and sleep and reduce chronic fatigue syndrome.
- A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition indicated that eating chocolate in moderation improves levels of liver enzymes, compared to those who did not eat it.
- Eating chocolate regularly improves brain performance, enhances verbal memory, visual-spatial memory, organization, and thinking.