I have to disagree about chocolate not causing headaches. Though in general it may not cause headaches, in some people with certain sensitivities it DOES cause headaches. My chocolate sensitivity has progressed from causing heartburn when I've had too much (at which point if I eat ANY I get heartburn unless I stay away from it completely for a few weeks to clear it out of my system), to causing itching, and now headaches. I have definitely noticed that I get headaches after eating chocolate. I'm also caffeine sensitive, so I don't know if it is the small amounts of caffeine in the chocolate or some other chemical which is responsible, but I HAVE been able to established this as one of the triggers responsible lately.
Ahh chocolate, I love it! But can't control myself if I start. Though I'm going to try adding one small square of dark chocolate per day to the diet - it's health food right? :D
Only point that I don't agree with - diet having no significant effect on acne. Acne can be caused by hormones (just look at any teenager, or some ladies (like me) about once each month)... and diet, especially sugar from my understanding, has a big part to play on the balance of your hormones.
I used to have a bit of trouble with acne, and have found that since I cleaned up my diet the acne has all but completely gone.
I must disagree with the statement that chocolate does not cause migraines. I have seen it first hand, my father suffered from migraines for years, when he gave up chocolate they went away. If he eats even a small amount of chocolate, he is sure to have a migraine the following day.
"They" may say it doesn't cause acne, but I do believe it can cause flare ups. I was 8 when I started with breakouts and I gave up ALL chocolate for 2 years around age 14 because my acne actually smelled like chocolate and I didn't even eat a great deal of it at that time, but when I did it flared up. Giving it up did not completely clear my skin, but it did help to stop eating it. I do think that not eating it helped clear my skin sooner rather than later. I do eat chocolate (mostly a good Dark) now, but I am long passed the acne days.
I think it's important to note the types of chocolate. Hershey's chocolate isn't great for you, whereas a hearty dark chocolate is. Thanks for all the great information! (Totally looking forward to my piece of chocolate today!)
2/13/2012 11:26:22 AM
I usually have a square of dark chocolate 80 - 90% grade a day and it gives me required energy for daily living.
Like everything else in life, chocolate is part of a healthy diet if eaten in moderation. I had no idea that the chocolate-migraine link was debunked. Great, informative article!
2/6/2012 5:49:16 AM
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My entire sp meal plans are around 2 chocolate shakes (enormous antioxidants and practically zero carb...)and 3 pieces of chocolate a day with another 750 healthy calories added, healthychocolatehabit is what I have,,,I'll share!! chocolate makes everything better :)
2/4/2009 12:50:59 PM
Oh, bless you, kind woman. It should be noted in most domestically produced chocolate products, there is very little actual chocolate (cocoa). But once you've had the real deal, you can taste the difference. I could seriously mainline cocoa nibs (insert drool here).
I have always loved chocolate, especially the dark chocolate. I have never had a problem with only eating a small amount at a time though. It's much easier to control how much chocolate I eat than how much salty/crunchy/REALLY bad for you stuff that I crave so much!
I eat dark chocolate almost every day........if I get a box of chocolates for Valentine's day, I eat one chocolate a day, and share a few . It helps the pleasure last longer. As Forrest Gump said "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get." Oh yeah, freezing them keeps them fresh as well.
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