What are the Side Effects of Chocolate

Updated on 12 Jan 2010,
Published on 12 Jan 2010

Chocolate has been consumed in large quantities all over the world and is one of the most popular foods. Along with the number of health benefits, there are a number of chocolate side effects. A number of studies have been conducted on the effects of cocoa butter and it has been found to contain high concentrations of stearic acid. Most of the people consider that chocolate is addictive and has become the delicacy for the people of all ages. Though occasional consumption of chocolate bar during a week may be beneficial as a part of a balanced diet.

During processing, some chocolates have a high concentration of lead, which can potentially cause mild poisoning. Several chocolate manufacturers have faced lawsuits. During the manufacturing process, contamination is another negative factor. Many manufacturers are sketchy when labeling flavonoids content that is lost during processing. This heart healthy element might not exist in some chocolates. In some people, chocolate has been associated with kidney stones, headaches, acne, allergies, dental cavities and premenstrual syndrome. However, most of the scientific evidence linking these problems to chocolate is weak. Yet for some people, chocolate really does have a negative effect.

Cacao is one of the most addictive substances known. Cacao is super-toxic to the liver. It acts as a stimulant and agitates the kidneys and adrenal glands. This can cause: insomnia, nightmares, waking up in the middle of the night, shakes, and extreme energy shifts. The result of long term use is a high level of liver and blood toxicity which can cause extreme mood swings, angry outbursts, violence, depression, paranoia, & dizziness. In some cases of long term use, there are also psychological effects that range from addictive tendencies, sexual dysfunction, violent outbursts, lack of reasoning, and decreased will.

Unfortunately for chocolate lovers, chocolate's high content of stearic acid puts it in the same category of risk of coronary disease as meat and butter i.e pathogenic. And what American Journal of Clinical Nutrition did not mention was that chocolate contains a high amount of stearic acid, a saturated fat, and saturated fats are directly linked to elevated LDL cholesterol levels and to increased risks of coronary artery disease and coronary death. Stearic acid also appears to reduce the protective HDL and may increase tendencies toward fibrin and plaque deposition in the development of atherosclerosis.

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3 Response(s)
Robert Burt
Thank you very much for this information.
Very useful information. Had been experiencing mood swings and knew that i have consumed more chocolates each day. Stopped for a day and feel very good.
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