I usually eat about 20g of chocolate per day (dark, milk, and/or white) but almost never more than that. While there may be some small health benefits, I certainly don't see ANY negative effects from my 20g habit.
I used to go to a nutritionist when I had terrible PMS and she told me to eat moderate glycemic high carb foods to allow my body to make serotonin which apparently is what it wants when it has PMS. Apparently something like sweet potatoes would be a good one. I don't usually crave food when I have PMS because I mistake cramps for stomach discomfort which puts me off food, but chocolate does help with serotonin levels so it should help theoretically.
I had to stop using caffeine but chocolate doesn't bother me. I don't think it has caffeine, I think it has something else that just acts like caffeine , theobromine maybe. Kind of like tea doesn't have caffeine, it has teine which is like caffeine but not the same. I was getting arrhythmias from coffee but chocolate and tea were fine.
Again, though, that's in quantities of around 20g/day. I used to try to make chocolate yogurt (Greek yogurt with unsweetened cocoa powder and stevia) and that upset my stomach, probably from too much cocoa. Moderation is always a good idea.
Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels. I agree, Lindt is a great choice. High glycemic foods can make you feel hungry and eat sooner than if you consumed foods low in sugar, so in essecence low glycemic may delay your appetite.
Food that quickly raises blood glucose levels may trigger a hormonal response involved with acne production and also inflammation.
The information is not medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 4/8/2013 (07:05)
4/7/13 11:46 P
I like chocolate on occasion, a little goes a long way.
I don't like diet chocolate products. They are usually artificial chocolate. I guess the manufacturers figure fake sweeteners and the people won't mind if it contains no real chocolate
Fitness Minutes: (1,285)
8 4/7/13 11:35 P
It would depend on the type of bar you eat. A square of Lindt's 85% cocoa dark chocolate has 58 calories, 5 g of fat (3 g of saturated fat), 4 g of carbs (2 g of fiber and 1 g of sugar), and 1 g of protein. It's not sweet with 1 g of sugar, but it's quite surprisingly satisfying to let it melt in my mouth.
Since I am in my late 40s, I don't really have PMS anymore while still being regular, but I have always loved chocolate. I used to eat a lot of candy bars as a child and teen.
Edited by: BADMOONRISING64 at: 4/7/2013 (23:36)
Fitness Minutes: (330)
9 4/7/13 10:32 P
Unsweetened cocoa is surprisingly high in fiber. And sugar free, of course. Great for adding to yogurt or making homemade hot cocoa.
Fitness Minutes: (2,976)
349 4/7/13 3:25 P
I started this thread because of all the conflicting information out there on CHOCOLATE!! Full of antioxidants, dark chocolate good for your heart, what has too much sugar, or is it all your worst enemy when trying to be healthy? Does some chocolate really make you "happy", is the caffeine enough to combat migraines, does chocolate really cause acne???
Why do some people seem to crave it all the time, others couldn't care less, and is there actual proof that it helps PMS?
What do YOU know, or what opinions can you give about chocolate, your favorite kind, what are actual healthful benefits, and fact vs myths.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this website can be used without the permission of SparkPeople or its authorized affiliates.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.