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Going back to the history of Chocolate the seed of the cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao, have been used since 460 AD to make food and beverages. Around the 16th and 20th centuries, chocolate was well known for its medicinal uses and hence was named as ‘Drink of Gods’.
Chocolate is nothing, but the food prepared from roasted cocoa seeds. The chocolate we consume today comes in varied form and taste. There are three main types of Chocolates depending upon the cocoa and milk proportion-
- Dark Chocolate- contains a high quantity of cocoa and less milk.
- Milk Chocolate- is made up of both milk and cocoa.
- White Chocolate- comprises only milk.
Apart from the famously discussed merits of chocolate such as blood pressure regulator thereby helping heart or as a skin protector, its high sugar and fat content makes it harmful when consumed in excessive quantity. Coming back to our heading, let’s know the detrimental effect of this heartthrob.
Way to cruelty
Chocolate has been infamously used as a medium to poison someone. As by poisoning it or using it to coat some obnoxious substance was used to be the perfect way to kill individuals. Unsuspecting recipients happily consume it without knowing the fact that it is poisoned. Stories of such crimes date back to the 17th
Caffeine, an important component of chocolate is considered harmful for the fetus as it can cross the placenta. Excessive caffeine can also be problematic during breastfeeding as its high level in breast milk can lead to frequent bowel movements in nursing infants. Hence, it is not advisable to consume more cocoa chocolate during this period.
Weight Gain and Obesity
Weight gain has been proved by many studies and is observed in all humans. Yet more significantly it is observed in the post-menopausal women.
Fermentable carbohydrates are considered as a potential source for cavity formation. Hence the frequent consumption of chocolates by kids should be avoided. Also, a sensible amount of chocolate intake along with the balanced diet and active lifestyle can be of no harm.
Different people have different sensitivities toward the same components. In the case of chocolate, it is made of cocoa, milk, some emulsifiers, sugar; hence an individual allergic to any of these components can be allergic to chocolates. Most people react to cocoa and display symptoms like migraines, heartburn, cramps, swelling, cough, itching, rash, or even lead to a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
Effects on Dogs and other Pets
Chocolates can be lethal to dogs. Theobromine, a component of chocolate can be toxic to dogs. This compound can affect the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and can progress to death.
It is important to balance the craving with health. So to all the chocolate lovers out there… if you are consuming it then reduce your calorie intake from other foods. Exercise and burn the extra energy you have gained than letting it overtake your health.
Chocolates can heal heartbreaks but it can also break your body!
So savor your taste buds wisely!
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