How Much Chocolate Do You Need to Eat for Health Benefits?
If you are a true chocolate lover and you can eat it always and everywhere, then you must have wondered more than once about whether it is possible to get fat from chocolate? And anyway, isn’t it harmful to eat a tasty treat too often? Let's figure out how to eat chocolate and in what quantities.
How often should we eat chocolate?
If you are healthy overall, eating chocolate daily will not hurt. The thing is in the correct dosage of sweets.
To understand how chocolate affects the body, you need to know its composition. The most healthy chocolate is dark chocolate, with at least 55 per cent cocoa in it. Cocoa beans are rich in dietary fibre and magnesium, and this chemical element promotes the release of endorphins, hormones of happiness, and serotonin, which is necessary to beat stress.
Therefore, even a small slice of dark chocolate helps to calm down and feel better. And in cocoa, there are natural antioxidants that help in the prevention of strokes, heart attacks, atherosclerosis. It is proven that if you eat a little bit of dark chocolate every day, the risk of Alzheimer's disease will be significantly reduced.
Should you eat dark chocolate at night? The answer is yes if there are no contraindications. Contraindications include diabetes.
But milk chocolate bars and sweets, which contain large calories, is better not to eat in the evening, before bedtime. They contain a lot of sugar, milk fats, which adversely affect tooth enamel, and also increase the risks of cardiovascular diseases. Of course, you don’t need to completely abandon your favourite dessert, the main thing is moderation.
What is the right way to eat chocolate?
Nutritionists recommend eating chocolate often, but little by little. The daily norm for adult men and women without health problems is 30-50 grams of dark chocolate, that is, from a third to half of a regular tile every day. With high physical exertion, an increase of one and a half times is allowed. Doctors recommend milk and white chocolate to eat half as much - no more than 20 grams per day.
Pregnant women should not reduce the amount of eaten chocolate and should consume it in the same (reasonable) amounts, of course, after consultation with the attending physician.
But during breastfeeding, it is better not to eat chocolate for the first 3 months, and after this period - to try it a little bit, carefully monitoring the baby's condition for an allergic reaction. This applies only to dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate are better not to eat at all.
Let’s find out answers to these questions together:
Should we eat chocolate every day? - Yes, little by little, no more than 30 grams of milk and no more than 50 grams of dark chocolate per day.
Should we eat chocolate on an empty stomach? - Yes, if we have not problems with high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
Should we eat a whole bar of chocolate? - Yes, if there are no health problems, and the calorie content of the product "fits" into the daily calorie rate for you.
What is the best way to eat chocolate? - In small portions throughout the day, as a dessert or a small snack, without replacing them with basic meals.
Eat chocolate moderately, and then you will receive only benefits from it. Enjoy your dessert!