Did you know that people in UK eat more than £3 Billion worth of chocolate annually? We are truly a nation of chocolate addicts. However, this isn’t always a bad thing. Of course, the downside is that often chocolate contains refined sugars and added fat, that might be harmful for our health.
Nonetheless, there are a few positives to eating chocolate:
- Surprisingly, dark chocolate is actually very nutritious. A bar of chocolate with 75%-85% cocoa is rich in magnesium, iron, fibre and copper. So it’s a win win!
- Although, you may think that after eating chocolate the only feeling you are left with is guilt, in actual fact, chocolate boosts endorphin levels in the brain. The ‘Chocolate high’ causes an uplifting effect and can be very positive for mental health.
- Needing a kick to keep you energetic throughout the day? Chocolate also contains caffeine which increases alertness temporarily to keep you moving quickly throughout the day. But don’t worry; there is less caffeine in chocolate than in coffee so you should still be able to get your beauty sleep.
It is very important, however, to consider the disadvantages of regularly consuming chocolate:
- You may think it would be nice to eat chocolate all day and every day; however, it is very high in fat. This also means that chocolate contains many calories which, when indulged in, can cause obesity, which is mainly responsible for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes and cancer.
- You are probably aware that many chocolate bars contain refined sugars that are lacking in nutrients. Eating a lot of refined sugars can cause a unhealthy levels of blood fats
- Another issue with chocolate is that it can become quite addictive due to its caffeine levels and release of endorphins. In the long run, caffeine increases blood pressure, cause heart palpitations, headaches, insomnia and muscle twitches.
The right healthy key is to eat everything in moderation.