Chocolates have always delighted us on various different occasions with the great
variety of taste and flavor that they possess. They have also always been a part
of a forever ongoing debate that whether they are good for one’s health or not.
While we can sit and weigh out its advantages against its disadvantages, it cannot
be ignored that it is still is going to remain a popular food item with great demand
in the market, no matter what critics might say or what health problems it could
potentially cause. The mere sight of a chocolate makes it instantly desirable. That
being said, we cannot entirely deny that it has some ill-effects that it brings
along with it too. As the classic saying goes “Too much of a good thing is bad”,
while we may be able to pass off chocolate as a good thing with ease, too much of
it can still be detrimental to our health.
Along with the wide variety of sweet and bitter tastes that chocolates bring to
us in combination with ice creams, cakes, resins and nuts etc. which we sinfully
indulge ourselves into, it surprisingly has a lot of health advantages too. Many
people might be unaware of the fact that it actually contains the solution to a
lot of health problems. For instance, Tryptophan, a chemical found in chocolate,
helps in our brain functioning and induces a feeling of elation. It practically
means chocolates make you happy and smart! These chocolates that come in many sizes
and shapes including hearts actually prevent heart diseases and protect our cells
from toxins (being rich in anti-oxidants). Another chemical found in chocolates,
Flavonoids can help felicitate the blood flow and prevent premature aging. Chocolates
help prevent sunburns, so if you are going out to a sunny place, have chocolates!
Current studies have proven that it slows down the decline of nervous activities
which happens with age. It is also advisable to have a bit of a chocolate treat
after every meal. Not only does it immerse your taste buds in heavenly joy but it
actually improves digestion too. So basically if one wants a healthy life both physically
and mentally, have more chocolates!
Unfortunately, this is where the problems start arising. Chocolate might seem
the solution to many problems and one would even listen to the previously said statements
and start having more chocolates for a moment, but crossing limits in chocolate
consumption may lead to many problems. It is worth noting here that chocolates have
very high calorie content, higher event than an equal amount of beef jerky. So while
we can have it after meals to improve digestion, if we go out of our limits we may
end up being fat instead. Chocolate owes its sweet taste to the obvious high sugar
content. While the sweet taste may not be harmful to us, a diet high in sugar may
cause heart diseases. Not to mention the tooth decay that sugars promote. Many people
attribute their addiction to chocolates due to the amazing taste that they possess.
But along with the sweet taste chocolate also contains elements that have addictive
properties like theobromine, phenethylamine-induces mood elevation; and caffeine.
None of the mentioned compounds are healthy for our health if taken in excess. The
vasoactive amine content may even lead to migraine problems. Finally, those who
suffer from recurring and active herpes infection are advised to stay away from
dark chocolates as they have a high quantity of arginine which is a necessity in
the replication of the herpes virus.
It is literally impossible for anything to be absolutely healthy for us. Chocolates
are no different. We have the good side and the bad side of chocolates. The only
possible conclusion would be to enjoy these sweet treats only on occasions and in
limits. Unless you are a kid, then you can have as many chocolates as you want,
provided you brush your teeth at night.