Chocolate is usually made from cacao tree seeds. The most common plant variety used is Theobroma cacao. Chocolates are amongst the most popular food be it a party, a gathering, pain, and sorrow, chocolates go well with every mood for most of the people. It is a popular condiment and is used widely, but the fact most people overlook is its impact on health and if it is a good food to be binged upon.

Comparison between Dark chocolate and Milk chocolate

Dark ChocolateMilk Chocolate
a.) Has higher concentration of cocoa and thus is darker in colora.) Contains higher amount of milk solids and sugar
b.) Contains 50-90% of cocoa solidsb.) Contains 10-50% cocoa solids
c.) Contains less sugar than milk chocolatec.) Contains higher sugar than dark chocolate
d.) Possess higher amount of antioxidantsd.) Due to the presence of milk it is a better source of protein
e.) Nutritive value of Dark chocolate
Calories: 556 Kcal
Carbohydrate: 60.5 g
Sugar: 47.5 g
Protein: 5.5 g
Fat: 32.4 g
Iron: 2.1 g
Calcium: 30 mg
Cholesterol: 5 mg
e.) Nutritive value of Milk chocolate
Calories: 531 Kcal
Carbohydrate: 58 g
Sugar: 54 g
Protein: 8.5 g
Fat: 30.6 g
Iron: 2.1 g
Calcium: 251 mg
Cholesterol: 24 mg

Health benefits of chocolate
a.) Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants like polyphenols, flavonols, and catechins due to which they prevent the body from oxidative damage
b.)Unsweetened dark chocolate lowers blood pressure thereby helping in blood pressure regulation
c.) Dark chocolate is proven to increase oxygen availability thereby boosting cognitive ability
d.) Relieves menstrual cramps and mood swings.

Health hazards of chocolate:
a.) High in calories and fat
b.) Contains cholesterol
c.) Leads to weight gain
d.) Can lead to dental caries.

Is chocolate healthy for the heart?
Chocolate is rich in fat and calories both of which have adverse effects on heart and overall health in general. It is advised to either avoid chocolate completely or to have it in moderation that too preferably dark chocolate due to the antioxidants present in it. Heart patients should try to avoid milk chocolate.

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