[Article updated on 19/09/2023]
Chocolate, I know, you who are reading me consume a lot of it!! On average, 400,000 tonnes of chocolate per year are consumed (Source: Syndicat du chocolat 2017), which represents 7.3 kg per year per inhabitant.
Before reading on
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And to free ourselves from guilt we are also very strong. They say that it doesn’t make you gain too much weight, that it relieves stress, that it’s an anti-depressant, that it constipates Fortunately or not…not everything is true, and today I’m telling you the whole truth !
Is this Does chocolate make you gain weight?
And no it is wrong !
THE chocolate may seem high in calories, fat, sugars (100g of chocolate equals 3 individual doses of butter + 10 squares of sugar) but it is rare to eat 100g of chocolate at once!
A small square of 5g corresponds to 28 Cal, that is to say the calorific equivalent of only half a tomato; and therefore, NO, I confirm to you that in traditional doses, you won’t gain weight from eating chocolate.
Me I find it interesting, for example, to put it as a snack;
For example, bread with a few squares of chocolate, a glass of milk and some fruit!
Is it true that dark chocolate is best for your health?
For for me, it’s wrong because, in milk chocolate, we add to the dough of cocoa simply milk and a little sugar.
SO, milk chocolate is even richer in calcium than chocolate black, which ultimately makes it more interesting from the point of view nutritional.
He is certain that it nevertheless contains a little more sugar, I Granted, but at traditional quantities, there is no risk.
In On the other hand, dark chocolate would tend, due to its bitterness and its lower sugar intake, to satisfy your craving for more chocolate easily than the milk one which, with its sweeter taste, maintains the desire to use it again.
Just be careful not to fall into an endless gluttony trap…(and without hunger!).
Chocolate is anti-depressant?
YOU I would like, I am sure, for me to say yes to you!
And well, in fact, it triggers a chemical action close to that of anti-depressants: an increase in Tryptophan in the body which, when it reaches the brain, secretes Serotonin, hormone of serenity.
THE chocolate also contains substances close to amphetamines: Tyramine and Phenylethylamine and fatty acid derivatives that act on the same receptors as cannabis.
But the main effect of chocolate is that it provides taste pleasure So, chocolate feels good…because it’s good!
A two squares per day will only do you good.
Is this Is it true that chocolate constipates?
It is FAKE !
THE chocolate does not cause constipation, especially if you take dark chocolate which contains on average 10g of fiber per 100g, as much just a plate of vegetables!
He is certain, however, that there are personal tolerances and perhaps at home, in particular, you have the impression that chocolate constipates you but, in theory, it should not be responsible given its quantity of fiber.
Perhaps you are wrong and you have consumed another food which is responsible, it is up to you to investigate…
To sum up
- Chocolate does not make you gain weight;
- Dark chocolate is equivalent to milk chocolate;
- Chocolate is good for morale;
- Dark chocolate is rich in fiber.